America’s fastest-growing plastic surgery procedure takes place below the belt

Americans apparently don’t like what they see when they look in the mirror, and they’re keeping plastic surgeons busier than ever. Cosmetic surgery procedures jumped 11% in 2017, and patients shelled out more than $6.5 billion to combat drooping eyelids, sagging derrieres, plump thighs and other perceived imperfections, according to new data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a trade organization.

Some of the procedures that saw the biggest surges in popularity in 2017 were eyelid surgery, buttock augmentation, fat transfer to the face, facelifts, and neck lifts and upper arm lifts. Meanwhile, others have become less popular. Chin augmentation has dropped 10% since 2012, as doctors say patients request fillers as an alternative, and nose jobs have fallen 43% since 2000.

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