Cosmetic surgeries

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has released its annual figures, revealing cosmetic surgery procedures were down 16% in 2023 from the previous year.

This follows the biggest year-on-year increase reported in 2022, that was put down to a peak in demand post-pandemic. But the popularity of certain procedures has remained consistent.

Here we’ll explore the most popular procedures in 2023.

Top 3 cosmetic surgeries for women

Women were the driving force, representing 93% of all cosmetic procedures in 2023. Here are the three most popular surgeries they underwent, in fact the same as in 2022:

Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation, commonly known as a boob job, involves using breast implants to increase the size of the breasts. This procedure is sought after by those looking to increase their breast size, achieve a more rounded shape, or restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy.

Breast reduction

Breast reduction surgery is performed to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin, aiming to achieve a breast size in proportion with the body. It can also help alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

Abdominoplasty involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightening the underlying muscles. This procedure is popular among those looking to refine their contours and achieve a firmer abdominal profile, often after significant weight loss or pregnancy. It was up 10% in the male cosmetic surgeries list (at no.6), the only surgery to report an increase among men!

Top 3 cosmetic surgeries for men

Though men accounted for just 7% of cosmetic surgeries in 2023, there was a steady demand for the top requested surgery, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery) compared with the previous year.

Here are the top surgeries men opted for:


Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, can change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing, or both. The procedure can alter the nose’s size, shape, or proportions. It has proven popular for men seeking aesthetic and functional improvements.


Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is performed to improve the appearance of the eyelids, addressing issues like drooping eyelids and under-eye bags. It can even produce anti-aging benefits, making it a minimally invasive alternative to a facelift. (This was just outside the top 3 women’s surgeries, moving up a spot year on year).

Chest reduction

Chest reduction, or gynecomastia surgery, targets the reduction of breast tissue in men. It’s sought by those looking to achieve a flatter, more traditionally masculine chest contour, reflecting a significant rise in men’s focus on body image.

If you’re considering enhancing your appearance through cosmetic surgery, it’s crucial to consult with a trusted professional. Schedule an appointment with BAAPS member, Mr Nigel Horlock, to explore your options. He’ll help with a personalised plan to achieve your aesthetic goals safely and effectively.