Surgeons report big increase in faceliftsOther anti-ageing procedures also popular

04 February 2008

Surgeon

Facelifts and other anti-ageing surgical procedures are proving increasingly popular, according to the latest statistics.

More than 4,460 facelifts were carried out by members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) last year – up 36% on the 2006 figure.

Other anti-ageing procedures such as eyelid surgery and brow lifts continued to show a steady rise in popularity for both men and women, increasing by 13% and 11% overall

A total of 32,453 surgical procedures were carried out by BAAPS members in 2007, 91% of which were carried out on women.

Nose jobs

Breast augmentation (6,497) was the most popular female procedure while nose jobs (716) continued to be the top procedure for men.

Liposuction for men (582) increased by 18% and is now the second most popular procedure for males, taking over the spot from eyelid surgery.

BAAPS Secretary and consultant plastic surgeon, Rajiv Grover said: ‘This year we have recorded a dramatic rise in facial plastic surgery.

‘Ten years ago, there may not have been much choice between a face cream and a facelift.

‘But more recently non-surgical procedures such as botox and fillers have introduced a large number of patients to gradual facial rejuvenation, and the effects of these less invasive treatments can sometimes be limited once jowling or loose skin has developed, so this could explain why more patients now feel ready for the surgical option.’

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