UK Nips and Tucks down by 40% in but this does not cover the huge rise in non-surgical procedures such as Botox injections and lip fillers!
The number of people having cosmetic surgery in the UK in 2016 dropped by 40% compared with 2015, figures show.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) said 30,750 procedures had been done – down from 51,140.
Rajiv Grover, a consultant plastic surgeon and former BAAPS president, who compiled the report, said more men and women were choosing cheaper, non-surgical procedures, such as chemical peels and dermal filler injections.
The biggest fall was in the number of brow lifts, while breast augmentation remained the most popular surgery yet down a whopping 20%.
Mr Grover said: “In a climate of global fragility, the public are less likely to spend on significant alterations and become more fiscally conservative.”
Yet here at Totally Aesthetic we regularly receive enquiries from patients who are spending as much as £2,500 in a single visit to their Aesthetic Doctors for lifts, peels and anti-wrinkle injections.
The BAAPS put the surgical decline down to financial constraints but fashion and celebrity observers said social media savvy presenters and models were shifting the focus away from appearances to “relatability”. The association agreed that anecdotally, non-surgical treatment such as facial injections have continued to grow in popularity.
Perhaps it is not such a bad thing that young people are relating to social media heavyweights like Zoella. She is young and does not feel the need or pressure to have treatments that she does not need.
So are surgical and non-surgical procedures moving towards the older generation as a way to age more gracefully rather than emulating the sometimes odd looks of ‘reality’ stars with unnecessary treatments.
Meanwhile, the previous generation of models, popstars and reality TV stars are turning their backs on cosmetic surgery, with Katie Price, for instance, having earlier surgery reversed. But she is an addictive fan on non-surgical treatments and procedures as regularly shared in the press and in her tv appearances.
But Mr Grover added: “It’s worth, however, remembering that the non-surgical sector is rife with lax regulation, maverick behaviour and unethical promotional gimmicks, so the public must remain vigilant.
“Non-surgical does not, and never has, meant non-medical.”
The surgery audit showed that in 2016:
- On women, 28,341 procedures were carried out, a fall of 39.1% from 2015
- On men, there were 2,409, a fall of 47.8%
- The top choice for women was breast augmentation with 7,732 procedures – down 20% from 2015
- The top operation for men was rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), accounting for 529 procedures in total – down 35% from 2015
- The biggest fall – 71% – was in the number of brow lifts
- The number of men having abdominoplasty – tummy tuck – was up 47% with 172 procedures carried out
Current BAAPS president and consultant plastic surgeon Simon Withey said the audit showed patients were “getting the message” that surgery was not a “quick fix”.
“If it means people are taking their time to be truly sure a procedure is the right investment for them, then this can only be a good thing,” he added.