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The latest figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) show that Brits still have a healthy appetite for a nip and tuck, as the number of cosmetic procedures performed in the UK increased by 17% last year. Surgeons performed over 50,000 procedures, with breast augmentations taking the top spot and making up over a fifth of those.
The second most popular procedure was eyelid surgery, which has increased by 14% since 2012, followed by face and neck lifts, breast reductions and nose jobs. And it appears that while the fast diet and interval-training exercise gained momentum in 2013, more and more Brits are looking for an even quicker way to shed the pounds: liposuction rates shot up by 41% last year, and tummy tucks also increased by 16% to take the number seven spot in the surgical top ten.
Baaps president Rajiv Grover said that booming plastic surgery rates are a sign that Brits have more spare cash: "Both the UK economy and the British public seem to be well on the way to regaining their shape with the most impressive rise in demand for cosmetic surgery we have seen since the onset of the recession in 2008”.
While these figures don’t include non-surgical procedures like Botox, they do indicate that us Brits are striving for physical ‘perfection’ more than ever – and are willing to pay through the nose (or chin, or eyelids) to get there. The UK’s cosmetic surgery industry is expected to be worth £3.6billion by 2015, compared to £750m in 2005.
Rounding out the top ten were fat transfer operations, brow lifts and ear corrections. Whether or not the 14.5% increase in the popularity of fat transfers was in any way influenced by 2013’s ‘belfie’ trend remains to be seen…
By Sarah Royce-Greensill