Figures released today from the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) show that there has been a “sharp increase” in the number of procedures that were carried out in 2015, when compared with the previous years’ figures.
Reversing the recent decline, cosmetic surgery procedures rose from 45,406, up to 51,140 in 2015, which is an increase of 13%. The previous dip that we experienced in the market, has previously been blamed on a combination of the recession and the faulty breast implants scandal that affected thousands of women in the UK.
Although nine out ten of the procedures performed were women, there was still an increase in the number of men who were opting to have cosmetic surgery. The most popular procedures amongst men included eyelid reduction, where excess skin is removed from the eye, followed by rhinoplasty, otoplasty (pinning back the ears) and liposuction.
According to the BBC, the top 10 procedures were:
- 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
The increase in numbers has been attributed to a number of factors, including the rise in popularity of social media, leading women to strive for the so called “perfect body image”. Consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS council member, Ash Mosahebi, told the BBC that part of the increase could be attributed to the ever improving economy that is encouraging more people to spend money on luxury items.
A positive to be taken from this information is that Mosahebi also commented that people are becoming more educated about cosmetic surgery, following the scandal of substandard breast implants created by Poly Implant Prothese. Though this was a tragic turn of events, it appears that more people are taking the time to educate themselves about plastic surgery in order to avoid the risk of cosmetic surgery negligence.
If you feel that you may have been affected by as a result of negligent breast surgery, contact one of our cosmetic surgery solicitors on 0808 252 7176, or use our contact form and we will arrange a call back.