According to figures released in the BAAPS National Audit, the number of cosmetic procedures carried out in 2022 saw a massive 102% rise.
So, what’s driving the larger than expected increase, and which procedures are proving most popular?
What is driving the boom in cosmetic procedures?
Despite economic challenges and lower consumer spending, the cosmetic surgery industry has experienced a high surge in demand. Figures from the latest annual audit suggest people are opting for treatments known for safety, long-lasting, and natural results. Cosmetic surgery, performed by certified plastic surgeons, offers both psychological and physical benefits.
Social media, especially Instagram, has also increased public awareness of plastic surgery through digital word of mouth, showcasing real-life transformative effects on well-being.
What are the most popular cosmetic surgeries?
While cosmetic surgery has seen a general resurgence in demand, certain procedures have proven to be more popular than others. The most popular procedures include:
Breast Augmentation: Enhancing the size and shape of the breasts remains a key priority for patients. Seeing a 66% rise over the past year, breast augmentation is still the top choice down to its ability to increase self-confidence and improve body proportions.
Breast Reduction: Contrary to augmentation, this procedure decreases the size of the breasts by removing excess tissue, fat, and skin. Surgeons have seen a whopping 120% increase in demand for breast reductions since 2021.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty): With an increase of 130%, this procedure tightens and reshapes the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat, restoring weakened abdominal muscles. Its popularity is often attributed to the desire for a flatter, firmer midsection, especially following significant weight loss or pregnancy.
Liposuction: This procedure helps to create a more contoured and toned appearance. Its popularity, up 134%, is driven by the desire to eliminate stubborn fat that does not respond to diet and exercise.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty): Addressing the sagging or drooping of eyelids is also a key priority for patients. The procedure removes excess skin, muscle, and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids. Its popularity, up 70%, is down to the rejuvenating effect it has on the face. Patients can achieve a more refreshed, alert, and youthful look.
Seek advice from an experienced surgeon
While cosmetic surgery is a great way to boost confidence and improve physical appearance, patients should take care when choosing a surgeon. All cosmetic procedures carry some level of risk, making it crucial to choose an experienced and renowned surgeon.
If you are interested in any of the cosmetic procedures mentioned, book an appointment with leading cosmetic surgeon Mr Nigel Horlock.