Cosmetic surgery in the U.K. drops by 40% – is this an accurate reflection?

Cosmetic surgery in the U.K. drops by 40% – is this an accurate reflection?

The statistics are in, and the results are clear, the pursuit of perfection amongst the UK population has SLOWED…

Viewing The British Association of Aesthetic & Plastic Surgeon’s annual cosmetic surgery statistics for 2016, it may come as a surprise to some to find last year saw a 40% decline in women (and men) seeking cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.K.

However, whilst the figures clearly show a decrease in demand at home, they do not take into account brits seeking surgery abroad – many for reasons relating to costs and accessibility to procedures not available in this country.

Gill Baird, General Manager of Cosmedicare, and her team of Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons, see many patients who have opted for surgery both at home and abroad.

They believe the BAAPS statistics provide an accurate overview of the private cosmetic surgery industry today.

“We have seen a slight decline in 2016 for the most popular procedures outlined and our team at Cosmedicare believe this is multifactorial in cause due to a combination of increased focus on ethics within the UK industry, accessibility to alternative non-surgical options and our unstable economic climate. There is a decline in patients opting to undergo cosmetic surgery, however we view this as a positive step and testament to the educational approach we employ at consultations. We are confident each and every patient we treat has been properly informed and educated on their procedure of choice and the long term commitments associated with undergoing elective cosmetic procedures, enabling them to make an informed choice which is right for them personally.

However, we have seen an increase in patients traveling abroad for surgery, which is concerning. We encourage patients to choose to remain in Scotland for treatment for many reasons. Although patients are better informed about the risks of surgery abroad and the importance of medically professional aftercare being locally accessible, in our currently unstable political and economic climate which is affecting many industries in the UK, many still place cost at the forefront of their decision making criteria. We continue to encourage people to research extensively before choosing a provider and this means checking surgeons qualifications, length of experience, recall rates and also the facility where the procedure is offered, aftercare and warranty assurances and local industry regulations. Traveling abroad to save a few pounds may seem a good idea at the time, but when things go wrong it’s costly in more than financial terms.”