Is demand for cosmetic surgery really slowing down?

BAAPS have reported a fall in the demand for plastic surgery in the UK, but Spire Cosmetic Surgery has seen a growth in people having procedures.

According to the latest figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) there has been a fall in the demand for cosmetic procedures in the UK*. Statistics released show a 9% decline in 2014 compared to the previous year.

It would appear from these results that as a nation, Britons are opting for a more reserved temperament towards cosmetic surgery, with the less-is-more attitude. The theory from BAAPS representatives is that the British public are more interested in inconspicuous and less invasive procedures.

BAAPS figures state that rhinoplasty procedures have fallen by 24%; breast enlargements by 23%; abdominoplasty surgeries (tummy tuck) by 20%; and otoplasty procedures (surgery of the ear) by 20%.

Eyelid surgery has only fallen marginally with a 1% decrease, whereas breast reduction and liposuction surgeries have both seen an increase in popularity. The number of breast reduction surgeries carried out in the UK increased by 1%, and the number of people opting to have liposuction climbed by 7%.

The figures released by BAAPS suggest that there has been a real decline in the desire for cosmetic surgery procedures over the past year. However another industry report conducted by Mintel* at the end of last year highlighted that while the procedures of interest may have shifted, the cosmetic surgery industry continues to grow. The research findings in the report released in December 2014 showed that issues with obesity in the UK are driving the demand for body contouring procedures such as liposuction.

It’s also worth noting that the BAAPS figures represent the procedures undertaken by their members which are only a proportion of the total surgeons in the UK, which may account for why the two reports are telling slightly different stories.

At Spire Cosmetic Surgery, we welcomed a range of different patients in the past year and although many of our surgeons are members of BAAPS, our end of year statistics showed growth in the number of people having procedures with us, including rhinoplasty, breast enlargement and abdominoplasties - the same procedures that BAAPS reported a reduction in.

The report from Mintel suggests that more people could be going abroad for their treatments which may explain the slump in BAAPS figures (which only tracks procedures undertaken here in the UK).

Before you decide where to have your treatment we would recommend that you read our article about the benefits of choosing a hospital close to home.

At Spire Cosmetic Surgery we have a reputation for high quality clinical care and experience. With us you can be sure you’re in the very best hands which may go some way to explaining why, despite a reduction in people having cosmetic surgery, our end of year results show that more people opted to have their treatment with us than ever before.

*Mintel. Cosmetic Surgery Report. December 2014.


The content of this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other healthcare professional.

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