With that in mind, clinic comparison website WhatClinic.com has identified the top cosmetic surgery trends of last year. And what was the most popular? Nose jobs.
Enquiries for open rhinoplasty, better known as nose jobs, rose by 1,200% in 2014, while nasal tip surgery saw an increase of 763%.
Open rhinoplasty surgery employs a small bridging incision, which allows the skin to be peeled back and gives easier access to the surgeon, however, the procedure costs £4,500 on average and requires up to 10 days of downtime.
Last year saw enquiries for mini facelifts sky rocket, despite a not-so-mini price tag of £5,451. Eye-lift surgery enquiries have increased by 578% – so too have average prices, up by a fifth (21%) to £2,199, in the past 12 months.
Combating weight issues was big business last year too, with mini abdominoplasty, full abdominoplasty and lipoabdominoplasty being popular choices.
Liposuction is the third most popular surgical treatment in the UK, with fat transfer close behind in fourth and tummy tucks in seventh place, in terms of enquiries. Despite already being consistently popular, enquiries for liposuction have risen by 69% in the past 12 months, while fat transfer enquiries are up 166% and tummy tucks up 68%.
Emily Ross, director of WhatClinic.com, said: “The cosmetic surgery and injectables market in the UK is expected to be worth as much as £3.6 billion in 2015.
“Not only is the market huge – it’s growing at a phenomenal rate. With obesity a growing concern, it’s no surprise that bariatric procedures are on the rise. These figures confirm that in the UK, breast augmentation and nose jobs are more popular than ever.
“With demand so high, it is crucial that patients have access to information about the credentials and qualifications of their chosen practitioner.
“We advise anyone considering going under the knife, to find a practitioner who is qualified, experienced and totally transparent about the risks involved. Don’t let special offers cloud your judgement, and don’t be afraid to ask about qualifications and insurance cover.”
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