UK plastic surgery on the rise

February 29, 2012

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Recent figures published by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPs) show that despite recession, cosmetic surgery is a growing business in the UK, report The Guardian. The statistics show that breast augmentation for women is by far the most popular procedure for women.

They also show a record rise in the number of male 'tummy tuck' operations, outstripping the rise for all other procedures - including women's breast enlargement.

Overall BAAP’s members performed 43,069 procedures for both men and women in 2011, compared with 38,274 in 2010.

Abdominoplasty operations grew by 15%, while overall male cosmetic surgery grew by 5.6% in 2011. These figures refer only to surgical procedures and exclude non-surgical "lunchtime" plastic procedures, such as wrinkle relaxing injections.

In the UK, women had 90% of all cosmetic procedures in 2011, the same percentage of total procedures as in 2011. The top ones were:

  • Breast augmentation - up 6.2% from 2010
  • Blepharoplasty became the second biggest procedure for women with a rise of 4.8%
  • Face/Neck Lifts were third place for the second year running, with 4,700 procedures

A number of 4,298 had cosmetic surgery in 2011.

  • 'Man boob' ops or Gynaecomastia, the second most common male procedure, rose by 7% from 741 to 790
  • Male liposuction went up by 8%
  • Rhinoplasty - up by 5%
  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) - up 5% to 684

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