The data is in - and the facelift is out
Data shows that female facelifts in the UK have fallen by 44% in a year
New figures suggest the death of the facelift – with women shunning plastic surgery while opting for more subtle cosmetic help.
Data from British plastic surgeons shows that female facelifts have fallen by 44% in a year, while brow lifts are down by almost one third.
Experts said the overall decline in “nip and tuck” surgery comes amid the rise of less invasive treatment. None the less, some procedures remain on the rise.
Let's face it - they looked better beforeThe number of women having breast enlargement – the most popular procedure of all – rose by seven percent. The figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) show 8,328 such cases in 2017.
But almost as great an increase was seen in breast reduction surgery, with a five percent rise in such operations, among women who regretted previous decisions. In total, 3,747 such operations were carried out.
There were 28,315 cosmetic surgery procedures carried out in total in 2017, the audit shows – a drop of eight percent in one year. Nine of out 10 operations were on women.
But the figures show rising numbers of men opting for facial procedures, with a 25% rise in eyelid surgery, a 27% rise in brow lifts and a 16% rise in facelifts.
Meanwhile, men appeared to turn their backs on “short cuts” to the body beautiful, with liposuction down 20%, tummy tucks down 12% and a seven percent drop in procedures to tackle “man boobs”.TV presenter Anne Robinson has admitted she had a facelift in 2003, while Simon Cowell, Joanna Lumley and Courtney Cox have all been open about having had less invasive surgery such as fillers and botox.
Baaps president and consultant plastic surgeon Simon Withey said some were turning away from cosmetic surgery because they thought more about the serious impact of the procedures, while others were turning to non-surgical options such as botox and fillers.
“The slight downwards shift in surgical procedures overall hopefully continues to demonstrate that at the very least, patients are realising that cosmetic surgery is not a ‘quick fix’ but a serious commitment,” he said.
“Although there may be some new non-surgical options for cosmetic treatments, it is important to remember that ‘non-surgical’ does not mean ‘non-medical’, and patients should be wary of anything touted which seems too good, or too cheap, to be true. The climate of lax regulation has yet to be addressed in a satisfactory manner to protect the public.”