In 2015 a record number of Brits chose to have cosmetic surgery and over 51,000 people underwent procedures that altered their appearance.
Data was released from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) that discovered the number of these cosmetic operations grew 13% since 2014 and these procedures saw an increase in demand.
The percentage of women who had cosmetic surgery increased from 2014 by 12.4% while the percentage for men increased by 9%. These numbers have come very close to doubling since the past decade with 2,440 procedures performed in 2005 to 4,614 in 2015.
One suggestion that has been made by the BAAPS is that the growing trend in A-list celebrities who have been talking about cosmetic surgery could be a driving factor for the acceptance of cosmetic surgery and it has helped get rid of some of the negative stigma for those seeking aesthetic enhancement.
According to the report that was released, breast augmentation still remains the most popular procedure that women choose to have while the “glamour model” look has started to decline in popularity. Surgeons have noted that patients are choosing to have smaller sizes and seek to have a more natural and proportionate enhancement done instead.
Face and neck lifts have risen by 16% in the last year and liposuction has risen by 20% from 2015.
Men also have had more facial procedures performed in 2015 from the previous year with face and neck lifts rising by 14%, brow lifts up 15.5%, eyelid surgery is up 15% and rhinoplasty has also become popular and rose 14%.
Rajiv Grover, a consultant plastic surgeon and the former president of BAAPs collected this data and stated, “The audit has shown that demand for cosmetic surgery continues to increase following the quieter period in 2014 which mirrored the British economy.
“The double digit rise in surgical procedures suggests that the public are choosing to spend on treatments with a proven track record such as facelifts and liposuction which remain as the gold standard for facial rejuvenation and body contouring.
“The plethora of new non-invasive methods for skin tightening and cellulite that are here today and gone tomorrow, often appear too good to be true and fail to make the cut.”
There is without a doubt an increase in cosmetic surgery not just by women, but also men. Below are the full figures for the rise in surgical procedures:
The figures in full:
The top surgical procedures for men and women in 2015 (total 51,140. A rise of 12.6% from 2014)
In order of popularity:
• Breast augmentation: 9,652 – up 12% from last year
• Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery): 8,689 – up 12%
• Face/Neck Lift: 7,419 – up 16%
• Breast Reduction: 6,246 – up 13%
• Liposuction: 5,551 – up 20%
• Rhinoplasty: 4,205 – up 14%
• Fat Transfer: 3,261 – up 3%
• Abdominoplasty: 2,933 – up 8%
• Brow lift: 2,110 – up 7%
• Otoplasty (ear correction): 1,074 – up 14%