Tummy tucks are back in, apparently. And while “out,” wasn’t as bad as it sounds, in 2016, tummy tucks did not make the top five–having been edged out by face lifts for being the fifth most popular cosmetic surgery.
But 2017 saw the muscle tightening, muscle repairing, belly flattening procedure rise by two percent, or 2,000 tummy tucks, over its 2016 performance.

Cosmetic Surgery Popularity

How’s this stack against other procedures?
While tummy tucks didn’t grow in popularity as much as breast augmentations did (3 percent growth), the 2 percent they grew is still impressive because it matches the general growth of the field as a whole.
In 2017, there were 17.5 million total cosmetic procedures performed, including both surgery and minimally invasive procedures.
While breast augmentation, liposuction, and rhinoplasties topping out the first three surgical procedures is not surprising, many might be surprised to see that eyelid surgery is the fourth most popular procedure.
This might owe to it being a fundamentally less invasive surgery than the rest of the big ticket items. Rhinoplasties, surprisingly, are one of the most difficult to perform cosmetic surgeries out there, and breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tucks all constitute major surgeries with fairly long recovery times.
Overall, the rise of the tummy tuck may have to do with its conjunctive use with breast augmentations in the mommy makeover, or it may have to do with new data showing that tummy tucks can actually have the medical benefit of reducing back pain and urinary incontinence.
That means that, besides having the dramatic cosmetic benefits of eradicating muffin tops, pulling internal muscles back together and repairing them, and getting rid of loose skin, tummy tucks can also… save you from quite a bit of pain in the long run.
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