Cosmetic surgery increaseLeap in cosmetic surgery numbers

16 January 2006

Figures released today show a dramatic increase in the number of people using cosmetic surgery to try to improve their looks.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) says its members carried out 22,041 surgical procedures in the UK last year - up by more than a third since 2004.

The number of men going under the knife almost doubled to 2,440. The top procedure for men was a nose job but anti-ageing procedures saw a dramatic rise, with face-lifts and eyelid surgery up by around half, and brow-lifts increased by about a third. The top procedure for women last year remained breast enlargement with 5,646 operations carried out - up by more than half since 2004.

'Growing acceptance'

Adam Serle, consultant plastic surgeon and president of BAAPS, said: 'These figures appear to represent a growing acceptance of aesthetic surgery, particularly in maintaining appearance with age and the number of men choosing to undergo surgery.

'With the increasing media coverage that provides the public with ever more information on what surgical procedures might achieve, it is essential that our members continue to promote responsible practices. We are committed to educating people considering plastic surgery by providing independent and serious advice to assist in sensible decision-making.'

At the end of last year the government launched a website to warn about the dangers of botched plastic surgery. The website offers prospective patients detailed information about standards of service, what questions to ask surgeons and to check whether medical staff carrying out the procedure are qualified.