Cosmetic surgery sees record double-digit growth in the U.K.
British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) reports record 17% rise overall in the number of cosmetic operations in the UK in 2013 , reaching 50,122. Liposuction, face and neck lifts and breast implants are becoming increasingly popular, figures from the BAAPS.
Women made up 91% of those undergoing treatment, with breast implants the most common. This was followed by eyelid operations (up 14%), face and neck lifts (+13%) and breast reduction (+11%). Some 3,841 operations were for nose jobs (+19%).
There was also an increase for tummy tucks, brow lifts and operations to transfer fat from one part of the body to the face (3,037 fat transfer procedures +5%). Men had 4,757 procedures in 2013 (up 16%), with the most common being nose jobs ( +9%), eyelid surgery (+17%), and breast reduction ( +24%).
While the huge increase in plastic surgery may signal increased confidence in the U.K. economy and an opportunity for both local and foreign (medical travel) practices, the data could translate into a wake-up call for the beauty products industry, which has been lagging in developing more effective cosmetic products, especially in fighting anti-aging and skin toning (cellulite etc.)