Cosmetic surgery is no ‘quick fix’ – statistics reveal our cautious attitude


We are all being a tad more cautious when it comes to cosmetic treatments, a new survey suggests.

Figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reveal that the number of Brits undergoing invasive aesthetic surgery dropped by 40% last year, having reached its peak in 2015.

However, experts believe that non-surgical treatments, such as Botox and fillers, are continuing to rise as we opt for more conservative approaches to facial enhancements.

BAAPS suggests that this dip in figures may be thanks to a ‘bad news overload’ and general instability around the globe.

But the new audit – that takes place annually – has been welcomed by the association’s president, consultant plastic surgeon Simon Withey, who believes they demonstrate a more thoughtful attitude regarding surgical enhancements.

He says that seemingly the public are now treading carefully when it comes to committing to aesthetic surgery, which can ‘only be a good thing’. provides a safe and informative guide to all the best cosmetic procedures around – and, whatever treatment you are considering, we offer a clear explanation of 250-plus treatments.

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Consultant plastic surgeon and former BAAPS president Rajiv Grover notes that less costly non-surgical procedures such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion remain popular but also cautioned that regulation was lax within the non-surgical arena and suggests we do our homework thoroughly before committing to both treatment and clinician.

He added that procedures, such as tummy tucks and ear surgery – that have no non-surgical equivalents – were little changed and that tummy tucks for men had increased considerably.

Seemingly, with many of us shedding weight either through diet, exercise or bariatric surgery, these latest figures suggest that blokes in particular are turning to surgery to get rid of that loose skin.

Breast augmentation is the most popular procedure for women in the UK, whilst nose jobs are the treatments most men are requesting.

Eyelid surgery comers second for women whilst for men, their second most wanted is ear surgery.

Breast reduction for women and liposuction for men were the third most popular treatments.

Browlifts saw the biggest drop in popularity for both men and women.
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