The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the world’s largest association of facial plastic surgeons, announced the results of its annual survey on key industry trends.

  • “Selfie-awareness” is more than a fad: In 2017, 55% of facial plastic surgeons saw patients who want to look better in selfies in their practices (up 13% from 2016).
  • Empowered is the new ageless: The average number of procedures performed by AAFPRS members has increased 25% since 2012. More than half (56%) of AAFPRS members saw an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectables with patients under age 30 last year. 
  • FPS for a promotion: 57% of facial plastic surgeons reported patients’ desire to stay relevant and competitive at work as a major driver in the decision to have a cosmetic treatment. Eyelid procedures to look less tired were reported as a rising trend by 73% of members along with combined non-surgical procedures by 72% of members.
  • Big picture: BOTOX® (Allergan), along with Dysport® (Galderma) and Xeomin® (Merz), remain the most popular minimally invasive procedures for both women and men, followed by fillers and skin treatments. For surgical trends, rhinoplasty leads the way year after year (performed by 97% of surgeons in 2017) followed by blepharoplasty (95%) and facelifts (88%). 
  • Rising trends: Botox and hair transplants both notably increased in the past 5 years, with the number of Botox procedures in the survey increasing by 33% from 2012 to 2017. The number of hair transplants in the sample jumped by more than 538% in that time span.
More complete release findings here: