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Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures of 2023

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Join us on an enlightening journey as we delve into the latest advancements and insights in the realm of plastic surgery.
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Between the increasing variety of procedures that are available and the growing cultural acceptance of plastic surgery, it’s not surprising that more people are choosing cosmetic surgery than ever before. While certain procedures have maintained their popularity for decades, other, newer procedures are rapidly growing in popularity. Raleigh board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ortiz, is offering insight into what the upcoming trends for cosmetic surgery are for 2023.

New Trends in 2023 Plastic Surgery Procedures

When it comes to cosmetic surgery trends, once a procedure becomes popular, it rarely goes out of style. All of the tried and true staples will continue to remain popular in 2023, but there is still plenty of room for some new, popular plastic surgery procedure trends to emerge.

Procedures catering to the specific needs of male clients is one of the interesting trends that will continue in popularity in 2023. Whereas women have sought out plastic surgery for decades, men have only emerged as seeking out surgical answers for their problem areas over the last 10 to 15 years. Another trend in 2023 is that we are seeing both women and men looking for procedures that are more intimate in nature- altering the appearance of the genital area for aesthetic purposes is another way patients can become comfortable and confident in their own skin.

Renuvion Skin Tightening

There may be a reason- whether a medical condition or a personal choice- that keeps a person from wanting an invasive surgical procedure that requires excisions like a facelift. In those instances, there is an alternative procedure called Renuvion.

Renuvion is a skin tightening procedure used to eliminate and reduce the signs of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging. Renuvion does not use any surgical scalpels to remove and tighten skin. Instead, the use of a small cannula-like wand is used on the surface of the skin. Through the use of radio frequency and helium plasma technology, this wand heats beneath the surface of the skin, promoting the growth of collagen beneath. Additionally, the skin shows immediate signs of tightening through tissue stimulation.

The results of a Renuvion procedure can make it appear that years’ worth of wear has been shaved from your face. With a brighter, more vibrant, youthful tautness to the skin and reduction of wrinkles showing almost immediately, the results of Renuvion last for years.

Male Liposuction

Liposuction is the most popular plastic surgery procedure for men and will continue to trend popularly for men in 2023. Male liposuction most often focuses on the removal of fat from the lower abdomen and “love handles,” or sides, although men also get fat removed from their chest, backs, and shoulders via liposuction. Men who undergo male liposuction achieve a sculpted and toned physique they can be proud of.

Aside from the location of where the fat is removed from being different, male liposuction is done in the same way that liposuction is performed on women. A slim cannula is inserted into the skin just like an IV needle, removing stubborn fat cells and suctioning them out of the body as the surgeon sculpts the targeted areas with back-and-forth movements.

Gynecomastia Correction

Gynecomastia corrective surgery, more frequently given the easier-to-remember moniker of “male breast reduction,” is the second most requested cosmetic surgery performed on men. Male breast reduction treats gynecomastia, a condition where the tissue of the breast is enlarged. Most men associate the appearance of fuller breasts as looking feminine or undesirable. In order to achieve a smoother, more masculine chest, excessive fat around the breasts is removed.

During a male breast reduction surgery, the surgeon will create a small incision around the areola of the breast, extending downward along the natural curve of the body, and remove the fat cells that have given the appearance of larger breasts. Removing this excessive fat tissue around the chest will allow men to feel more confident in 2023 with and without their shirts off.

Penile Enhancement

Even though it’s not possible to entirely alter the appearance of the penis, there are some non-surgical techniques that provide girth to the penis’ shaft. Penile enhancement, or penile enlargement, is a quick and non-invasive procedure, taking only about 20 to 30 minutes, but having long-lasting results that give patients more confidence in and out of the bedroom.

Penile enhancement increases the penis’ width, but can also add a small amount of length to the penis in some cases. The surgeon performs penile enlargement by injecting hyaluronic acid dermal fillers into the penile shaft and glans. Other than some bruising and swelling, the recovery process is easy and fast, allowing sexual activity to resume within one week of the procedure. As awareness of this procedure increases, more and more men in 2023 will seek a penile enhancement.


Although it’s usually men that tend to be loudest about being dissatisfied with their genitals, women also have insecurities about the look of their private areas. Labiaplasty surgery procedures are on the rise in 2023 as women continue to look for the best and most effective ways to feel comfortable with their bodies. During this surgery, the physician will use a scalpel to cut away excess skin from the folds of the vulva. This is a popular procedure that is part of the current trend of “mommy makeovers.”

Labia hypertrophy is a condition where the inner folds of the vulva, called the labia minora, extend beyond the outer folds, called the labia majora. This can cause the inner folds to get twisted or pulled, causing discomfort. Having an enlarged labia minora is aesthetically undesirable to many women, resulting in wanting to have the inner lips of the vulva surgically reshaped and rejuvenated via a labiaplasty.

Forehead Reduction

Forehead reduction, otherwise called hairline lowering, is a surgical procedure used to reduce the vertical width of the forehead. Having a high hairline or the appearance of a large forehead causes self-consciousness, often resulting in the person trying new hairstyles, hats, or scarves to work around the appearance of their hairline. Using accessories to cover up a part of your face and head can be tiring and anxiety-inducing, and 2023 brings forth the trend of a permanent fix. By making small incisions along the hairline itself, a forehead reduction is performed by then removing excess skin, and pulling the hairline lower. The scar caused by the incision is easily hidden in the hairline, making this a desirable alternative for patients who wish to narrow the appearance of their forehead.

Popular Plastic Surgery Favorites in 2023

While trends in plastic surgery are always changing, these procedures continue to be widely sought after and make up the overwhelming majority of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States each year. As we prepare to move into 2023, we will continue to see an increase in patients seeking these classic favorites.

Breast Augmentation

With over 300,000 surgeries performed each year, breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. There are many reasons why women choose to have this surgery. Reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy and correcting asymmetrical breasts are common reasons for breast augmentation, but the most common reason continues to be to increase the size and volume of the breasts.

Breast augmentation is a highly customizable procedure. Patients not only choose the size and placement they want for their implants, but they can also work with their plastic surgeon to determine whether silicone or saline is the best option for them. This customization allows women to achieve their body goals- meaning more breast augmentation procedures in 2023!


Liposuction is almost as common as breast augmentation with around 300,000 procedures performed annually. In this procedure, stubborn fat deposits are removed via a thin tube called a cannula. This procedure can be performed on several areas of the body, including:

  • Abdomen and belly
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Hips

In addition to traditional liposuction, Lipo 360 is increasing in popularity and will continue to do so in 2023. Instead of targeting a single area for removing fat, a plastic surgeon will remove fat around the circumference of the waist, including the upper and lower abdomen, sides, and back. The result is a more defined waistline and a smoother silhouette.


Rhinoplasty, which is commonly referred to as “a nose job,” is the most popular facial plastic surgery procedure, averaging around 225,000 surgeries annually. This surgical reshaping of the nose can reduce the size of a larger nose as well as reshape the tissue and bone. The reshaping of the nose during rhinoplasty removes bumps, narrows the nostrils, and reshapes the tip to be a smaller, more desirable size.

In addition to the aesthetic benefits of rhinoplasty, many people choose to have this procedure for health benefits. A nose job can be a helpful solution to fixing a broken nose, repairing a deviated septum, and helping patients breathe more easily, especially during sleep, which is why it will remain to be one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in 2023.


Coming in just under rhinoplasty as the second most popular facial surgical procedure is blepharoplasty with 200,000 procedures performed each year. More commonly called “eyelid surgery,” blepharoplasty is performed to correct or remove bags under the eye as well as remove excess skin and fat above the eyelid. This makes the eyes look larger and more open, creating a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.

Brazilian Buttock Lift

In 2012, only 8,500 people in the United States got a Brazilian Buttock Lift (BBL). In less than 10 years, that number has dramatically increased, with nearly 50,000 BBLs performed in 2020.  During a Brazilian Butt Lift, fat cells from the belly, thighs, back, or hips are harvested via liposuction, and after being processed and cleaned, the cells are then injected into the buttocks. While liposuction typically results in a trimmer physique, the buttocks are rounder, firmer, and have more volume due to the added fat cells.

This procedure shows no sign of slowing down, as long as celebrity and social media trends continue to highlight larger, firmer backsides, the BBL will give many women the fuller, thicker booty they dream of in 2023.

Tummy Tuck

With over 100,000 procedures performed annually, the tummy tuck is another body contouring procedure that continues to be widely sought after for 2023. During a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, excess skin is removed from the belly, then stretched and damaged muscles are repaired. The end result is a firmer, flatter midsection.

While this procedure is most commonly performed on women after having children, this is also becoming increasingly popular in patients of all genders who have experienced significant weight loss. This allows them to remove the sagging skin and damaged tissue, feeling more confident after their weight loss journey. As the efforts to implement healthier lifestyles increase in 2023, more and more people will be drawn to the idea of a tummy tuck procedure.

Choosing the Right Cosmetic Surgery Procedure

While there will always be trends in plastic surgery procedures, it’s important not to make decisions for your body based on what other people are doing- rather, you and your board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ortiz, will discuss and focus on your individual goals for your face and body. It’s important to speak with an experienced, skilled surgeon to learn more about whether you’re a good candidate for certain procedures and what kind of results you can expect. By working with a plastic surgeon you can trust, you’re more likely to get the results you want, leaving you feeling attractive and confident in your appearance in 2023!

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Dr. Ortiz is excited to make your 2023 goals a reality. From your first consultation to your final appointment, he works to make sure you’re comfortable every step of the way. Schedule your personalized consultation at our North Raleigh plastic surgery center by calling us at 919-532-2270 or simply filling out the contact form below.

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