Data published by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) shows that liposuction is now the most requested cosmetic surgery procedure in the world. A staggering 14.8% of the cosmetic surgeries carried out globally are one of the several forms of liposuction. This is compared to the breast augmentation operations, which accounts for 13% of all cosmetic surgeries worldwide.

The global trend for cosmetic surgery is on an upward trajectory. According to ISAPS’ annual survey, there were almost 30 million cosmetic procedures (surgical rose and non-surgical) undertaken in 2021, an increase of 19.3% on the previous year. Showing the industry has not only recovered from the pandemic, it has far exceeded the pre-Covid demand.


Dr. Pietro di Mauro, one of the best plastic surgeons in Marbella, explained that the demand for breast implants is still extremely high around the globe. However, the fashion for outsized obviously enhanced breasts is diminishing, instead, there is an appetite for more natural looking smaller breasts. Celebrities who went supersized in the 2010s, have discreetly had their breast augmentation reversed or downsized to a perky but more natural size and shape.


Over 1.9 million liposuction procedures were carried out throughout the world in 2021, an increase of 25% on statistics for the previous year.  This is hardly surprising due to the choice of different techniques available and that the procedure can be carried out on many parts of the body.   Liposuction is one of the quickest and most effective ways of achieving a smoother silhouette, which will last as long as you maintain your weight.

Many people carry stubborn pockets of fat on their hips, abdomen and chin, which cannot be removed by diet and exercise alone. Whereas, it can be easily removed by liposuction. There are also different methods of liposuction available today, including the most recent and arguably most effective, vaser liposuction.


Dr. di Mauro was one of the first cosmetic surgeons to offer vaser liposuction in his plastic surgery clinic in Marbella. It is considered to be a revolutionary liposuction method which uses ultrasound, making it the extraction process much more precise and easier to perform. This means that there is less bruising and swelling because the process doesn’t affect the surrounding tissue.


Eyelifts are the third most popular procedure in 2021, amongst both men and women, followed by nose jobs and tummy tucks. Another procedure which has gained in popularity during this period is the thigh lift, which increased by 53% on the previous year.


One of the most interesting takeaways from the report was the increase in the use of a hyalauronic acid (used as facial fillers and lip injections) which grew by 30%.

The survey polled 1,000 cosmetic surgeons across 117 countries including the USA, Europe, Turkey, South America and Asia, and the statistics only include cosmetic procedures carried out by certified surgeons.

Dr. di Mauro’s cosmetic surgery team recommends that every patient considering cosmetic surgery in Marbella, should thoroughly research their surgeon to make sure they have the right experience.  It is also crucial for patients to attend a consultation to discuss the desired outcome and to understand the risk and results of any potential procedures. It is also essential to recognise that every patient is unique and no two operations will have exactly the same results on different people.

If you would like to find out more about Dr. Pietro di Mauro’s cosmetic surgery procedures get in touch for a confidential no-obligation personalised consultation, by calling call 648 43 45 93.