Over the past ten years plastic surgery has shed the shackles of negative opinion and emerged as a popular way to get the desirable body. Cosmetic surgery is no longer restricted to the rich and famous. Now they are common place throughout the masses around the world.
The UK is not exempt from this craze. In fact, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) , the overall number of plastic surgical procedures rose from 34,187 in 2008 to 36,482 in 2009. The public interest in cosmetic procedures is continuously growing in the UK, whereas the popularity is actually lessening in the US. There was a twelve percent decrease in cosmetic surgeries in the US from 2008-2009.
The number of women who underwent cosmetic procedures in 2009 was 32,859. Which is an increase of 5.4% over 2008. The highest change in procedures was breast reduction with in increase of 17%. As Cosmetic surgery becomes more mainstream, women are more confident in the procedures and thus are more willing to undergo plastic surgery.
There has also been a substantial rise in the number of men undergoing cosmetic surgery. The BAAPS reported that 3,623 men had plastic surgery in 2009, 21% more than in 2008. The area that increased the most for men was also breast reduction with an astounding increase of 80%. Increased media attention to plastic surgery is surely one of the reasons that more men have decided to undergo procedures. With more men seeing the positive outcomes of cosmetic surgery, the number of procedures will surely continue to rise.
Plastic surgery procedures have been improving over the years. New technology allows some procedures to be done with much less pain and the surgeries are becoming progressively faster. These technological advances have made plastic surgery less invasive and most of the recovery time is spent at home, instead of in the hospital. As these improvements are witnessed by more and more people the increase in the popularity of plastic surgery in the UK will persist.