UK Experiencing Surge in Cosmetic Surgery Despite Economy

British one pound coinThe American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recently released statistics for surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2008, and results show a 12% decrease in total demand in the United States.

However, similar trends are not appearing overseas; the United Kingdom is reporting a significant increase in demand for cosmetic procedures, despite the sagging economy.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reports that the number of surgical procedures in 2008 tripled since 2003, and that some of the most sought-after procedures were breast augmentation, tummy tucks and male breast reduction.

Overall, demand for surgical procedures increased 5% from 2007, with a total of 34,187 surgical procedures performed by BAAPS members.Breast augmentation procedures increased by 30%, tummy tucks also increased by 30%, and male breast reduction increased by an impressive 44% from the previous year.Other top procedures included otoplasty (ear correction surgery) and male brow lift procedures. (Source:

Many Americans have been heading to U.K. territory to save money on the costs of procedures without compromising safety.However, it looks like Britons are still some of the top candidates for these procedures; many are also turning to non-invasive procedures such as Botox and other dermal fillers to improve their appearance.

Other countries that have been shielded from the economic downturn include Thailand, Bangkok and Malaysia.Cosmetic surgery centers and plastic surgery clinics here are enjoying a boost in business as patients turn to medical tourism to save money.

These medical tourism destinations offer attractive packages and discounts for Americans and Europeans looking for some of today’s most sought after procedures including breast augmentation, liposuction and facelift surgery at prices of up to 75% off standard rates.Many doctors at these facilities have been trained in the U.S. or the U.K.; however, still, people are cautioned to learn about the many risks involved with having cosmetic surgery overseas.

Further Reading

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • If you need a quick mini-makeover for the holidays and New Year countdown, simple and affordable cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal and dermal fillers may be your best bets.

  • has recently released a fantastic plastic surgery cost infographic for both men and women. Why do people shell out so much money for plastic surgery? Well the answer obviously is to look better and feel wonderful about themselves. In addition, as I have written before, it is becoming the rising trend for job seekers as the job market becomes more and more competitive.