Behind The Scenes Of The American Plastic Surgery Industry

Plastic surgery is one of the most lucrative and important industries in America, if it’s not the entire world. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Americans spent $16 Billion on plastic surgery in 2016. This is more than any country in that time period. In the same year, over 200,000 teens were treated with plastic surgery. This has generated a lot controversy and caused many debates. Plastic surgeons are one the most well-paid professions. They make anywhere from $237,000 annually (starting salary) to $820,000 annually. Grand View Research predicts that the industry will grow at a rate of $43.9 billion if it continues to grow.

The skills and education required to be a plastic surgeon require a lot of dedication, commitment, and hard work. Cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeons are specialists in the correction or improvement of the appearance of physical features. They can do this for either an aesthetic purpose or for a specific purpose. There are two types: reconstructive and cosmetic. Reconstructive plastic surgeons specialize in treating areas of the body that have been damaged by disease, birth defects or other developmental issues. Reconstructive surgeons often serve a purpose beyond aesthetics. On the other, cosmetic surgeons are more concerned with unnecessary procedures like breast augmentations and rhinoplasties. The requirements to become a plastic or reconstructive surgeon (reconstructive and cosmetic) are four years of undergraduate education. Also, you need to take the required courses like biology, chemistry, and physical physics. If you wish to become a medical doctor, it takes four years to complete your undergraduate degree. (Doctor of Medicine degree). (Doctor in Osteopathy). After graduating from school and being hired, you spend 5 years as a resident, focusing on plastic and general surgery. The American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery are the most popular boards for plastic surgeons. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (USBLS), the future for plastic surgery is bright. There are 14% more job opportunities by 2026 for this specialty. A strong work ethic is essential for plastic surgeons. They also need to be highly dedicated. A typical plastic surgeon spends 50 hours per week standing, and most are satisfied with their job. A 2019 Medscape report found that 68 percent of plastic surgeons would consider retraining if the opportunity presented itself. 90% of plastic surgery professionals said they would choose a similar specialty. Medscape’s 2019 compensation report shows that plastic surgeons who work in larger practices are more likely to have lower overheads. While most plastic surgeons feel content in their job, only 52% (2019), believe that they receive fair compensation. Although it’s still not enough, it was higher than the 37% original 2014 report. It can take many years for a plastic surgeon to earn a decent salary. While the average salary was $382,000 in 2011, it has risen substantially since their sixth year of practice. They are preferred surgeons due to their ability to pass their boards. This is despite not being required. According to the same survey, 27% said that their most difficult aspect of their work was not being paid fair compensation.

In 2016, the cosmetic surgery industry was worth $16 Billion. The number has remained steady in subsequent years. BioSpace reported that plastic surgery was worth more than $16.5 billion in 2018. Breast augmentations are the most popular (and invasive) cosmetic procedure in America. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were 313,735 breast-augmentations in 2018. This is 4.4% higher than the previous years. The cost of breast augmentations in the United States ranges between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on which surgeon is performing them. Keep in mind that breast augmentations account for roughly $2.3Billion (13.94%) of all plastic surgery industry expenditures in 2017. Liposuction, which was 258,558 procedures, was the second-most common (invasive) cosmetic procedure. Although liposuctions cost less than breast augmentations, they still accounted for 4.7% of all money spent in 2018. Many people fly to Mexico, India, and Japan to receive plastic surgery at lower prices. Multiple sources claim that the United States has safer and better-quality surgeries, despite the higher price.

The U.S. plastic surgery industry is undoubtedly one of America’s largest industries. This is partly due to the impact of social media, celebrities and insecurities. The plastic surgery industry and the jobs that accompany it will continue to grow. This will mean that plastic surgery demand will increase. Since the industry’s job outlook has improved and there are more surgeries each year, it is unlikely that it will fail or decline. It is hoped that existing procedures will improve over time, making it less likely to have any problems. As I have stated, I believe the plastic surgery industry will grow, and maybe even surpass the rest of the U.S. industry.


The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is a professional organization devoted to the practice of plastic surgery. 12 April 2017 Cosmetic Plastic Surgery: More Than $16 Billion. Retrieved September 26, 2019, from

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is a professional organization dedicated to plastic surgery. (2019). 2018 NATIONAL PLASTIC SURGRY STATISTICS. Retrieved September 26, 2019, from

Medscape recently reported that (summarize main point of article). According to the 2019 Medscape Plastic Surgeon Compensation Report, plastic surgeons receive high salaries. Retrieved September 26, 2019, from

BioSpace. 10 April 2019 In 2018, Americans spent more than $16.5 billion on cosmetic plastic surgery. Retrieved September 26, 2019, from



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