11 August 2010A new study has suggested that liposuction is now the world's most sought-after cosmetic surgery procedure, accounting for 18.8 per cent of all treatments carried out worldwide. The fat removal procedure was previously identified as the world's third most popular treatment, after breast augmentation and nose reshaping. However, a recent survey of cosmetic surgery treatments in 25 countries, carried out by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) revealed that breast augmentation and nose jobs now account for 17 and 9.4 per cent of surgeries, respectively. The Irish Times reports that blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, has also risen in popularity to become the third most popular treatment at 13.5 per cent, overtaking rhinoplasty for the first time.Non surgical treatments were also found to be on the rise, having now overtaken cosmetic surgery to account for 8.7 million treatments worldwide, compared to 8.5 million for more invasive treatments. The top three non-surgical procedures were found to be toxin injections, which accounted for nearly a third of all non-surgical treatments, and collagen injections, at 20.1 per cent. Laser hair removal is now the world's third most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment, accounting for 13.1 per cent of treatments. ISAPS, which regulates cosmetic surgery treatments across the globe, also estimated that there are around 31,000 certified plastic surgeons working today. By choosing a certified cosmetic surgeon, patients can rest assured that their treatments are being carried out by safe and experienced hands.