One of the UK’s leading hospital groups, Spire Healthcare has today announced their annual figures on cosmetic surgery. Results show that over a five year period, there has been a staggering 303% growth in women and 168% growth amongst men in their 60’s having cosmetic surgery procedures. At Spire Bushey the percentage increase of men undergoing plastic surgery has been more than 200% over a five year period.
Cosmetic surgery is increasing in popularity compared to five years ago, with overall figures growing by 78%. However, the sharp rise in ‘60+ surgery’ demonstrates that more people are switching onto the benefits that cosmetic surgery can provide.
Jag Chana, Plastic Surgeon for Spire Bushey Hospital comments: “We have seen a steady rise in older people and men having cosmetic surgery. It has never been more important for people to research surgeons and make sure they are being treated by the best. With many ‘cowboy’ practices around, there are increasing risks involved in undertaking surgery without properly checking a surgeon’s credentials.”
The results also reveal that the north is the ‘cosmetic centre’ of the UK – with nearly 50% of the top three procedures for Spire – breast augmentation, blephroplasty (eye lids) and abdominoplasty (tummy tucks) taking place in the north.
Other highlights include:
- Edinburgh is the ‘cosmetic capital of the UK’ – with more people opting for surgery in this city than anywhere else. Cardiff, Leeds, Washington (Newcastle) and Manchester all scored highly
- Top 5 procedures are: breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, liposuction, breast reduction and blepharoplasty (upper eyelid surgery)
- Top 5 procedures for men are: pinnaplasty (ears pinned back), rhinoplasty, liposuction, gynaecomastia (man boobs) and blepharoplasty
- Nose reshaping surgery has risen by 9%
- Skin procedures, including many non-surgical cosmetic procedures have risen, with chemical peeling up 300%.
- Men in their 70s having cosmetic surgery has risen by 175% over five years, and for women in their 70s by 133%
- Men in their 40’s having cosmetic surgery has risen by 94% over five years, and for women in their 40s by 69%
- 18-19 year-old men have seen an increase of 116% in cosmetic procedures over a five year period
Jag Chana adds: “With the changing demographics of people having cosmetic surgery, there is a word of caution. Expectations need to be properly managed. If the elastic on your trousers is stretched, there is no way you can get it back. Similarly with the skin, once the elasticity loosens, it is a lot more difficult to get it back in shape. With the increased acceptance and accessibility of cosmetic surgery people’s expectations of what is achievable with cosmetic surgery have grown. The internet has also fuelled this and cosmetic practices are now treated more like shops. As a surgeon, it is my role to educate people about what is physically suitable and appropriate for their body shape. The consultation process is vital. There is a code of conduct that medically-trained professionals follow and integrity is really important, otherwise the patient / consultant trust relationship would collapse. It is about managing realistic expectations.”