Have you considered having cosmetic plastic surgery? You’re not alone, because more than eight million procedures are done every year, all over the world! Can you guess which five types of plastic surgery are the most popular?


Over the last few years, “lipo” has overtaken breast augmentation as the most-performed plastic surgery procedure. Worldwide, liposuction represents almost 20% of all surgical procedures.

Liposuction is one of the newer cosmetic procedures, being invented in 1974 and exploding in popularity in the eighties. In 1985, California dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein revolutionised liposuction surgery by inventing a new technique that allowed patients to have the procedure under local anaesthesia by using much smaller cannulas. This “Tumescent Technique” produced fewer skin depressions and less bleeding.

We profiled Cellulaze – a new type of “lipo” which lasers off fat. Read more about it here.

Breast augmentation

The “boob job” placed a close second to liposuction as the most-performed plastic surgery procedure, with about 17% of total surgeries. Although for decades doctors had tried unsuccessfully to enlarge women’s breasts with a variety of substances, the modern age of augmentation surgery began in the 1960s, with the invention of silicone and saline breast implants.

Eyelid lift

The blepharoplasty, which can be done on upper or lower eyelids, comes in at third place and accounts for approximately 14% of surgeries. The word “blepharoplasty” was created by Karl Ferdinand Von Grafe to describe the surgical technique used to repair damage done to a patient’s eyelids caused by cancer. The modern version of the surgery was perfected on wounded soldiers during World War II.

Nose job

Rhinoplasty comes in at number four with nearly 10% of surgeries. The use of surgery to reshape the nose goes back to ancient Egypt and has undergone many refinements since then. This procedure was also refined during World War II and by the 1950s, the procedure was common among the rich and famous.

Tummy tuck

The abdominoplasty is fifth with about 7% of all surgeries. The first tummy tuck was performed in France 1890, but early versions of the surgery required removal of the belly button. A German doctor solved this problem in 1909, and the popularity of the tummy tuck has been growing since the 1970s.

Other favourite surgeries

Among the other most-performed cosmetic surgery procedures are the facelift, lower body lift, upper arm lift, breast reduction and breast lift. Among the fastest-growing procedures are male breast reduction, eyelid surgery amongst Asians, non-surgical body contouring, vaginal modification and the Brazilian butt lift.

Are there any plastic surgery procedures you would consider having done?