2018 BAAPS Data: Liposuction Up by 9 Percent in 2018

Monday, May 20, 2019 | Lasers & Light Devices , Research and Publications


More than 28,000 cosmetic surgery procedures took place in the UK in 2018, an increase of less than 1 percent from 2017, according to the annual stats from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

Women underwent 92 percent of all cosmetic procedures recorded, and as in 2017, the three most popular procedures for women were breast augmentation, breast reduction and blepharoplasty. The biggest increases for women were for liposuction which rose 12 percent, and facelifts which rose 9 percent.

 “Women in particular chose to spend on treatments with a proven track-record such as facelifts, which deliver reliable, long-lasting and natural results,” says former BAAPS President Rajiv Grover, MD, a plastic surgeon in London. “This trend is also driven by the openness of celebrities like Jane Fonda who recently admitted to having surgery over several decades to enhance her looks and prolong her career.”

Across both genders, liposuction saw a sharp rise of 9 percent and may be due in part to the popularity of women’s athleisure clothing such as leggings and sports bras that are stylish enough to wear socially.

Overall, male cosmetic surgery dropped by 4.7 percent in 2018 as non-surgical treatments gained popularity driven by the trend for men preferring to look tweaked rather than tucked. The fall in brow lifts for both women (down 15 percent) and men (down 4 percent) underlines the value of Botox as an alternative but also a preventative treatment in rejuvenating the forehead and brow.

The top surgical procedures for men & women in 2018 (total 28,347. A rise of 0.1 percent from 2017)

In order of popularity:

Breast augmentation 7,745 – down 6% from last year
Breast Reduction 4,299 – up 6%
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) 3,153 –down 4%
Abdominoplasty 2,912 – up 6%
Rhinoplasty 2,831 – up 3%
Liposuction 2,518 – up 9%
Face/Neck Lift 2,134 – up 7%
Fat Transfer 1,428 – down 3%
Otoplasty (ear correction) 944 – down 6%
Browlift 383 – down 14%

 

The top surgical procedures for women in 2018 (26,043 total. A rise of 0.6% from 2017). 2018 figures for women in order of popularity:

Breast augmentation 7,727 – down 6% from last year
Breast Reduction 4,014 – up 7%
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) 2,820 – down 2%
Abdominoplasty 2,733 – up 5%
Liposuction 2,286 – up 12%
Rhinoplasty 2,260 – up 3%
Face/Neck Lift 2,013 – up 9%
Fat Transfer 1,330 – down 2%
Otoplasty (ear correction) 532 – down 10%
Browlift 328 – down 15%

 

The top surgical procedures for men in 2018 (2,304 total. A fall of 4.7% from 2017). 2018 figures for men in order of popularity:

Rhinoplasty 571 – up 3% from last year
Otoplasty (ear correction) 412 – down 2%
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) 333 – down 17%
Breast Reduction 285 – down 4%
Liposuction 232 – down 14%
Abdominoplasty 179 – up 18%
Face/Neck Lift 121 – down 16%
Fat Transfer 98 – down 10%
Brow lifts 55 – down 4%
Breast augmentation 18 – Static

 

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