Figures acquired by a major plastic surgery association indicates that the amount of cosmetic surgery taking place in the UK increased significantly in 2015.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons indicated that there were 51,114 surgical procedures for cosmetic reasons during the last 12 months, which is an increase of nearly 6,000 from the previous year.
It is notable that this is the first time that this figure has increased for a few years, following a trend of general decline.
This unwillingness for people to sign up for cosmetic surgery was blamed on the recession primarily, although the scandal over faulty breast implants also seems to have played a significant role.
90% of the procedures that saw significant increases where enacted on women, although rises were seen in both genders overall.
The top 10 cosmetic surgery procedures in 2015 were as follows:
- 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% year-on-year.
Commenting on the issue, consultant plastic surgeon and British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons council member Ash Mosahebi, suggested that there were several reasons for the increase in such procedures.
“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.”
Mosahebi also believes that the general population is now more informed about cosmetic surgery, and that in fact recent issues related to breast implants have been positive for the industry.
Thousands of women were fitted with substandard breast implants made by the French firm Poly Implant Prothese, and the furore which came out of this issue has led to those considering cosmetic surgery generally wishing to be more informed.
“I have patients asking, ‘What are you using?’ and that’s a good thing to have come out of that,” Moshebi asserted.