40% fall in cosmetic surgical procedures in 2016 ... We are all NOT in this together
Monday 06 March 2017

The annual audit figures for cosmetic surgical procedures in the UK in 2016 were released by BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) on 13th February 2017. The headline figures expose a ‘drop’, no, a BIG drop in the number of cosmetic procedures in 2016. A whopping 40% overall reduction is reported, with some procedures, such as brow lift, dipping by 71%.

While the economy is reasonably steady, the global uncertainties may be causing people to be cautious about what they are willing to spend. The steady rise in non-surgical procedures, such as wrinkle reduction injections and fillers, have bucked the trend; possibly, as many people may wish to spare the pain and downtime from open surgical procedures as opposed to relatively simpler, non-surgical interventions.

While ‘non-surgical’ implies less trauma, it does not reduce the skill and expertise required to provide reliable results. This was highlighted by Rajiv Grover, a former BAAPS President, who commented that ‘Non-surgical does not, and never has, meant non-medical’. He also explained that some procedures such as ‘Tummy tuck’ (abdominoplasty) have no non-surgical alternative, and may continue to be sought after by those who want to improve these areas. In fact, men seeking abdominoplasty, was shown to be UP by 47% last year, the only procedure to show such a trend.

It is also possible that many surgeons are trimming down the variety of procedures they offer, but concentrate on select procedures to improve the outcome and satisfaction for their patients. This should be a good thing for the patients, as the expertise is concentrated and surgeons don’t want to ‘dabble’ in those procedures that they are not comfortable in performing.

Even those seeking relatively less invasive, so-called ‘non-surgical’ options, it is best to seek out the qualified professionals to have a balanced view and dependable quality. As in surgical cosmetic procedures, the skill, professionalism and after care are equally as important in non–surgical treatments too.

It is also interesting that such a downturn in surgical figures may be different on regional basis. Perhaps, the dip is mainly felt in the South East and London regions, while other regions may be either steady or even, showing an upward trend. It is possible to say that we are NOT all in this together till we get a regional break down of these figures!!

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