Top 5 Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

A new survey has revealed the top 5 cosmetic surgery procedures planned in the UK over the next 12 months. Conducted on behalf of RealSelf by The Harris Poll, the survey also revealed that a staggering 40% of Brits are considering having surgery within the next year.

So, which cosmetic surgery procedures are topping the polls? Find out below…

1 Tummy tuck

The tummy tuck came in first place, with 31% considering this body reshaping procedure. It’s not surprising that the tummy tuck is so popular – weight fluctuations, pregnancy and ageing can all result in lax muscle tone, sagging skin and stubborn pockets of fat which diet and exercise fail to fix.

A recent study found that an abdominoplasty can also have medical benefits, helping to alleviate back pain and incontinence.

2 Facelift

Twenty-eight per cent of respondents stated that a facelift was their top cosmetic surgery choice. In recent years, non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections have surged in popularity, but there is a limit to what they can achieve and for many patients, a facelift is required to reset the ageing clock.

3 Liposuction

Level pegging with the facelift is liposuction. New techniques and technical understanding have transformed how the procedure is performed and the results that can be achieved, meaning that lipo has become a great choice for men and women wishing to improve their body shape.

4 Chin and neck lift

Close behind at 23% was the chin and neck lift. As humourist Nora Ephron once wrote “our faces are lies and our necks are the truth” and it is true that we often neglect this area that is typically one of the first places to show the signs of ageing.

5 Breast augmentation

The breast augmentation remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures worldwide as it appeals to so many women of all ages. From young women who are unhappy with how their breasts have developed and looking for a confidence boost, to older women who have seen unwelcome changes due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations or just thanks to the ageing process and want to restore a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance to the breasts.

Interestingly, the survey also asked respondents what their main motivations were. To improve self-confidence, and to look good came out above losing weight or to combat ageing – if you’d like to find out whether cosmetic surgery could boost self-esteem, call us on 0207 183 1559 to arrange a consultation with London plastic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley.

The new year is the perfect time to start afresh, make resolutions of the things you want to change and strive to become the best version of yourself. While millions of women resolve to lose weight and become healthier, some want a more extreme makeover.

Cosmetic clinics across the UK see a surge in appointments during January, with many women desperate to look like their favourite celebrities. However, before you take the plunge and undergo drastic cosmetic changes, it’s important to really think about it and ensure you’re 100% certain it’s what you want.

Many feel the pressure for new year perfection

These days, there’s a lot of pressure placed upon women to look perfect. The rise of selfies has caused a huge increase in the number of women seeking cosmetic procedures to look their best, and the new year is adding extra pressure. From nose jobs to chin augmentation, people want to look flawless for their next selfie.

There’s also been a rise in women undergoing cosmetic procedures to look like their favourite celebrities. One New York woman, Bunny Smith, has recently hit the headlines after she admitted she had spent a huge $15,000 to look like the supermodel Bella Hadid. However, her cosmetic procedures aren’t finished as she plans to have even more surgery in the near future.

The sad truth is, if you’re striving for perfection, you’re never going to be happy. There is always something you can change and cosmetic surgery can become addictive. So, before you rush out and book an appointment, it’s important to consider whether it’s the right choice for you.

Is surgery the best option for you?

The BAAPS has created a list of safety guidelines for consumers to follow before they undergo cosmetic treatments.
Perhaps the most important thing you need to consider before having surgery is why you want it. Is it something you’ve wanted for a long time or is it a spontaneous decision? Any type of cosmetic procedure, regardless of how small, should be researched thoroughly before you decide whether it’s right for you.

Be aware of the risks and always book a consultation so you can discuss the procedure and ensure you have realistic expectations of the results. Get to know the surgeon and ensure they have a lot of experience performing the type of procedure you want to undergo.

Overall cosmetic surgery isn’t something you should just rush into. It’s also important to realise that you may not get the results you’re expecting. Always talk through your options with a reliable cosmetic surgeon before you go ahead and have any work done.

One of the biggest concerns patients have regarding breast augmentation is the recovery period. Will it be painful? How long before you can return to your normal routine? These are just a couple of questions you might have.

It’s important to know what you’re letting yourself in for so, here we’ll look at what you can typically expect from breast augmentation recovery.

Is breast augmentation recovery painful?

This is likely the first question on your list. The truth is, it can be painful, though the level of pain reported varies between patients. Everyone is different so the actual recovery period will depend upon numerous factors. Some say the recovery is merely uncomfortable, while others report extreme pain for a few days.

As a rule, pain, discomfort and swelling are usually worse in the first 4 days after the procedure. However, compared to the pain that used to be experienced with older techniques, it has become a lot better over the years. There are also various things the surgeon can do to minimise the amount of pain felt during recovery.

You’ll be given adequate pain medication to help during the first week.

How much time will I need to take off work?

Again, this varies, but many surgeons recommend taking 2 weeks off to fully recover. There are people who choose to go back the very next day, but this really isn’t recommended. Take into account the type of work you do and how intensive it is.

If you have a job which requires very little physical effort, you’ll be able to return a lot sooner than if you’re working in a labour-intensive industry.

Will I be left with a scar?

Some scarring can be expected, particularly if you’re having large implants inserted. It takes around 3-6 months to see the final result of the scarring, though for some patients this can increase to a year.

Overall, breast augmentation recovery does vary between patients. Your surgeon will be able to give you a good idea of what to expect during your consultation.