Sharp increase in the popularity of cosmetic surgery in the UK in 2015


Consultant plastic surgeon and Baaps council member Ash Mosahebi tells the BBC many reasons contribute to the increase in cosmetic procedures recorded in 2015.

"I think partly because the economy is improving and people are spending more on luxury items."

"And social media is becoming more popular, people are sending pictures of themselves frequently and want to look good."

"And I would say the Botox generation who got older using Botox and fillers, those things are not working any more for those age groups so they're taking the next step up and that is surgical options."

However, he said people were more educated about cosmetic surgery after thousands of women were fitted with substandard breast implants made by the French firm Poly Implant Prothese.

"I have patients asking, 'What are you using?' and that's a good thing to have come out of that."

So it seems that patients are looking to educate themselves more which is a great thing and that's where sites like step up.  Patients can not only research and book treatments but they can ask an expert panel any questions that they might have about various cosmetic procedures.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) said there were 51,140 surgical procedures last year - up from 45,406 the year before.

It overturns a recent decline, partly blamed on the recession and partly on the faulty breast implants scandal.

Nine out of 10 procedures were for women, there was however an increase seen for both genders..

The top 10 procedures were:

  • Breast augmentation up 12% to 9,652
  • Eyelid surgery up 12% to 8,689
  • Face and neck lifts up 16% to 7,419
  • Breast reductions up 13% to 6,246
  • Liposuction up 20% to 5,551
  • Nose jobs up 14% to 4,205
  • Fat transfer operations up 3% to 3,261
  • Tummy tucks up 8% to 2,933
  • Browlifts up 7% to 2,110
  • Ear corrections up 14% to 1,074

  • Overall, the number of procedures increased by 13%.

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