Popularity of cosmetic surgery declines

27 Jan 2015

Infographic courtesy of www.mybreast.org The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), has announced that the demand for cosmetic surgeries has dropped by 9% since 2013. According to BAAPS, the top ten surgical procedures performed on both men and women in 2014 totaled 45,406, compared to 50,122 in 2013, and their order of popularity has shifted for the first time in five years. Although breast augmentation procedures remain the most popular cosmetic surgery choice in the UK, demand for the procedures dropped by 23% in 2014. Breast reduction surgery, however, increased by 3% in women and 1% overall.  Rhinoplasty procedures fell dramatically from 2013 with 24% less people opting for the surgery in 2014, whilst abdominoplasty procedures declined by 20% overall.


Infographic courtesy of www.mybreast.org

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), has announced that the demand for cosmetic surgeries has dropped by 9% since 2013.

According to BAAPS, the top ten surgical procedures performed on both men and women in 2014 totaled 45,406, compared to 50,122 in 2013, and their order of popularity has shifted for the first time in five years.

Although breast augmentation procedures remain the most popular cosmetic surgery choice in the UK, demand for the procedures dropped by 23% in 2014. Breast reduction surgery, however, increased by 3% in women and 1% overall. 

Rhinoplasty procedures fell dramatically from 2013 with 24% less people opting for the surgery in 2014, whilst abdominoplasty procedures declined by 20% overall.

Liposuction procedures, however, moved from the 6th to 5th most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the UK, with 7% more people opting to have the surgery in 2014. Face and neck lifts in women were the only other procedures to increase in popularity, with a rise of 1%. 

BAAPS has suggested that these findings show that aesthetic patients are considering surgery with more caution and rationality than in previous years.

According to former BAAPS president and consultant plastic surgeon Mr Rajiv Grover, the results have reflected a ‘more educated’ Britain. He said, “The difference between 2013 and 2014 may seem surprising, but the dramatic double-digit rise last year [2013] was very clearly a post-austerity ‘boom’, and figures are simply now returning to a more rational level.”

Consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS president Michael Cadier said, “The message to the aesthetic sector is clear: patients want subtle and understated and, most refreshingly, they are doing their research, taking their time and coming to us with realistic expectations.”

Grover added, “It might seem counterintuitive that as plastic surgeons we could possibly welcome such a change, but we are pleased that the public are now so much more thoughtful, cautious and educated in their approach to cosmetic surgery.” 

The statistics also revealed that 91% of the top ten cosmetic surgery procedures in 2014 were performed on women. 

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