Southampton cosmetic surgeryA new survey has revealed 40% of UK adults are considering undergoing a cosmetic surgery op in the next 12 months. The survey, conducted by The Harris Poll for RealSelf, shows that millennials are driving the trend, with 62% of adults aged 18-34 considering non-surgical treatments in the next year.

Here, we’ll look at why cosmetic surgery rates are increasing and the types of procedures which are proving to be the most popular.

Why are cosmetic surgery rates increasing?

There are a number of factors driving the increase in cosmetic surgery popularity. Firstly, procedures and techniques have been consistently improved and developed over the years. This means going under the knife is no longer as risky as it used to be. Many treatments are also non-invasive, meaning they’re quick and simple to carry out and require very little downtime.

The younger generation is also helping to improve attitudes toward cosmetic procedures. While it was once something to be ashamed of, these days it’s common for young people to undergo numerous procedures. There is less and less stigma related to cosmetic surgery these days and even the rates of male plastic surgery are increasing year upon year.

Social pressures, such as social media, also play a role. The selfie generation has placed a lot of pressure onto young people to always look their best. Cosmetic surgeons have seen a huge increase in the number of people enquiring about procedures which will make them look better in selfies.

Non-invasive treatments lead the way

The study revealed that the top treatments Brits are considering undergoing in the next 12 months are laser hair removal and cosmetic dentistry. Approximately 44% of those surveyed claimed they were looking into cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, while 29% were considering laser hair removal. Other non-surgical treatments leading the way include facial aesthetic treatments such as dermal fillers and muscle relaxing injections.

It is unsurprising non-invasive treatments topped the list due to both how they are perceived and the minimal recovery times experienced.

Tummy tuck and facelift top surgical procedures

In terms of surgical procedures, the tummy tuck leads the way with 31% considering the treatment. This is followed closely by a facelift, liposuction, neck lift and breast augmentation. Improvements within the techniques used for surgical procedures are largely behind their increase in popularity.

Things to consider before undergoing cosmetic surgery

While cosmetic procedures have improved over the years, it is still important to think carefully before going under the knife. When done for the right reasons, cosmetic surgery can boost confidence, help to eliminate embarrassment and help to give you a greater quality of life. However, when done for the wrong reasons, patients could end up regretting their decision.

It’s also crucial to ensure you’re choosing a reliable, qualified cosmetic surgeon. Any type of surgery is risky, and an inexperienced surgeon puts you at even greater risk. So, be sure to opt for a plastic surgeon who has an exceptional reputation and years of experience.

If you’re thinking of undergoing a cosmetic procedure, book a consultation today to discuss your options.