cosmetic surgery trends

Like many sectors, the recent lockdown saw cosmetic surgery clinics close their doors for non-essential procedures, both here in the UK and across the world. Now that things are slowly starting to reopen, there has understandably been a rush for non-surgical aesthetic treatment such as wrinkle smoothing injections and dermal fillers as their results are only temporary. But what has been the impact on cosmetic surgery?

Across much of the US, elective cosmetic surgery has been given the go-ahead and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) surveyed their members to discover if there had been any shifts in cosmetic surgery trends. Here are the procedures that have been most in demand in the first half of 2020.

Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation has always been popular, so it’s unsurprising it remains one of the leading trends. Around 44% of the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) members who were surveyed, predicted the procedure would be popular throughout the rest of 2020.

Commonly performed to enhance the size and volume of the breasts, the procedure can really boost self-confidence. It can also be used to correct differently sized breasts. Natural results that suit your frame and body shape is the aim of this surgery.


Another trend expected to rise this year is liposuction. Around 30% of surgeons believe there will be an increase in liposuction procedures.

There has been much talk of ‘lockdown weight gain’ – a recent King’s College London and Ipsos MORI survey of 2,254 Brits found that 48% of those surveyed felt they had put on weight due to heightened stress and anxiety. Therefore, it’s maybe unsurprising that people may be researching ways to lose weight, but it’s essential to understand that liposuction is not a quick fix for weight loss. It’s a fantastically effective body contouring procedure that can remove small, stubborn pockets of fat and sculpt the body.


The other surgical procedure expected to become more popular is an abdominoplasty. Otherwise referred to as a tummy tuck, the reasons this procedure is likely to trend is again down to excess weight gained during lockdown.

A tummy tuck can help to remove stubborn fat and tone up the abdomen by tightening lax stomach muscles and removing excess skin. While there are non-surgical options out there, the standard abdominoplasty procedure tends to be the most effective.

Here, in the UK, we are still waiting for the go-ahead on elective cosmetic surgery, but this is a perfect time to ask any questions you may have about a cosmetic surgery procedure you might be interested in or discuss any concerns. Please email us at or fill in the contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can to arrange a virtual consultation.