Cosmetic surgery increases by 30%

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, has announced the results of their annual audit for 2005. The results reflect the continuing growth of cosmetic surgery in the UK, and its increasing acceptance amongst the UK poulation, both male and female.


  • Cosmetic surgeons who are members of BAAPS carried out 22,041 operations in 2005, and increase of 34.6% from 2004.
  • For the first time, more than 10% of cosmetic surgery is carried out on men. While the majority of cosmetic surgery continues to be carried out on women, the number of men having aesthetic procedures rose by 80% to 2,440.
  • The top procedure for women was breast augmentation, with 5,646 carried out – a 51% rise since 2004
  • Rhinoplasty continues to be the top procedure for men, with 735 undertaken by BAAPS members, up from 462 performed in 2004.
  • Anti-ageing procedures (facelifts, eyelid surgery and brow lifts) showed a considerable rise in popularity in the last year, increasing by 42.1%, 50.2% and 34.8%, respectively.

According to Mr. Adam Searle, consultant plastic surgeon and President of the BAAPS;

“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 sensible and responsible practices. At the BAAPS we are committed to educating people considering plastic surgery by providing independent and serious advice to assist in sensible decision-making.”

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