Survey shows global impact of pandemic on plastic surgery

The results of a global survey on aesthetic and cosmetic procedures, released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), have shown the impact of the pandemic on aesthetic plastic surgery worldwide.

Plastic surgery procedures for aesthetic purposes decreased by 10.9% overall in 2020, with 77.8% of surgeons globally experiencing temporary practice closures during the pandemic. At the same time, demand for non-surgical procedures, primarily dermal fillers and hair-removal treatments, continued to increase, but by lower proportions than seen in previous years (5.7% in 2020, compared to 7.6% in 2019). This resulted in an overall decrease of 1.8% for all procedures.

The most common surgical procedures worldwide remained the same during 2020, with breast augmentation making up 16% of all operations, liposuction 15.1%, eyelid surgery 12.1%, rhinoplasty 8.4% and abdominoplasty 7.6%.

The top five non-surgical treatments also remained consistent: botulinum toxin (43.2% of all non-surgical procedures), hyaluronic acid (28.1%), hair removal (12.8%), non-surgical fat reduction (3.9%) and photo rejuvenation (3.6%). Around 85% of non-surgical procedures were performed on women.

Despite the overall reduction in surgeries, rhinoplasties and brow lifts continued to increase, and non-surgical facial rejuvenation showed a 13.9% increase compared to a decrease in both 2019 and 2018.

The full survey results can be found here.

This was the most searched-for plastic surgery procedure in the UK in 2021.