Cosmetic surgeons across the country have seen a spike in the number of patients demanding liposuction due to the athleisure clothing trend, according to the latest statistics released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, one of the UK’s leading independent plastic surgery associations.
Experts claim the tight-fitting, stylish sportswear is causing women to go under the knife in order to pull off the trend. Here, we’ll explore what the athleisure clothing trend is, and how it’s contributing to a rise in liposuction procedures.
What is athleisure clothing?
Athleisure clothing is a new clothing trend, turning sportswear into everyday apparel. It largely consists of bra-tops and leggings, showing off the torso and highlighting a sculpted body. In order to pull off the trend, a contoured body shape is a must.
A lot of high-street stores are getting in on this trend. Even brands which have never really offered activewear have now launched their own athleisure range.
How is this new trend driving liposuction procedures?
Every year, BAAPS releases the latest cosmetic surgery figures performed by their members and this year, the two ops that remained strong in terms of growth were abdominoplasties and liposuction, with lipo rates rising by 12%. It’s believed that rather than hitting the gym to develop the body shape required to pull off the look, women are instead opting to go under the knife. Liposuction generally delivers fast results and remains the gold standard in terms of fat reduction and body shaping.
The emphasis on the body beautiful also contributing to a rise in the number of tummy tucks being carried out, which rose by an average of 5% in the past year.
Other factors contributing to the rise in liposuction surgery
It’s not just the athleisure clothing trend which is leading to an increase in liposuction and tummy tuck procedures. TV shows such as Love Island have also sparked a rise in cosmetic surgery. The current series of Love Island has launched just this week and has already been criticised for its lack of body diversity and the impact this could have on watchers.
While in the right circumstances cosmetic surgery can prove beneficial, it should never be undertaken lightly. Those undergoing procedures purely to partake in the athleisure trend, for example, may end up regretting their decision at a later date. Procedures such as liposuction and a tummy tuck also shouldn’t be used as an alternative to healthy weight loss. For expert, unbiased advice on whether liposuction or a tummy tuck is the appropriate procedure for you at the time, call 020 7183 1559 to arrange a consultation with BAAPS surgeon Mr Paul Tulley.