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The Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures of 2011

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) audit figures show 6% more cosmetic surgery procedures were performed in 2011 – an increase in line with their 2009 and 2010 audits.

A ‘Psychological and physical improvement’

BAAPS President Elect, Rajiv Grover, said: “The continued popularity of aesthetic plastic surgery even through financially difficult times demonstrates that the public sees real value in the psychological and physical improvement that can be achieved.” Fazel Fatah, the BAAPS President, also talked about the positive ‘impact’ cosmetic surgery can have on peoples’ lives. According to the audit, 2011 has been a good year for BAAPS, as remarkably not a single procedure went down in popularity.

Looking good

Last year 43,069 procedures were performed by BAAPS’s 230 surgeons, making up one third of the UK’s overall procedures. About a quarter of those (10015) were breast augmentations, and just over half (5291) breast reductions; eyelid surgery was the 2nd most popular surgery among men and women (6057). For men, the most popular procedures were rhinoplasty and breast reduction, but although only 124 abdominoplasties (or tummy tucks) were performed, they were ironically the year’s biggest area of growth – at 15% more procedures.

A word on the PIP story

The Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) scandal is thought to have affected 40,000 UK women, and results in ruptured implants that cause symptoms such as irritation and soreness. But has it dented the cosmetic surgery market at all? Nigel Mercer, the previous BAAPS president, says, “We may not see a very large drop, but do expect some kind of impact on the market next year… If it makes people think more carefully about what they’re doing, and the risks and benefits, that’s a benefit for the public.”