Cosmetic surgery sees increase in UK procedures

Findings from the British Association of Plastic Surgeons report a double digit increase in cosmetic surgery procedures carried out in Britain in 2013

Findings from the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) report a double digit increase in cosmetic surgery procedures carried out in Britain in 2013, and a 41% increase in liposuction.

The statistics show that this number of procedures has not been seen since pre-recession 2008.

The number of cosmetic operations last year increased 17% on average, with no decrease in the number of any given procedure carried out. The total number of surgeries carried out rose above 50,000 – a rise of 16.5% overall.

Breast augmentation procedures increased by 13% despite the PIP breast implant scandal just two years before. Eyelid surgery was up by 14%, face and neck lifts by 13%, fat transfer (where fat is injected into the face to add volume) by 15%, and brow lifts by 17%.

Michael Cadier, consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS President Elect, commented: “The number of procedures undergone by both men and women has increased in impressive numbers; it is encouraging to see that despite – or perhaps because of – a turbulent period in the sector, patient confidence in selecting appropriately trained and qualified surgeons is growing rapidly. At the BAAPS we continue in our mission to promote public education and safety in aesthetic plastic surgery.”