Graphic above from Guardian newspaper and data from BAAPS.

More than 50,000 cosmetic surgery procedures were performed in the UK in 2013, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), with liposuction recording a 41% rise.

One third of UK cosmetic surgeons are members of BAAPS and each year members, including ourselves, are required to submit an audit of the cosmetic surgery procedures they have carried out over the proceeding year.

According to BAAPS, there were 50,122 surgical procedures performed in 2013 – a rise of 17% on average since 2012.

The largest rise is in the number of liposuction procedures carried out – a rise of 41%. It was the sixth most popular procedure among women and the fourth most popular among men.

The BAAPS suggest the rise in liposuction may be a possible backlash against non-surgical treatments for body contouring, claiming that patients may have found these “less effective than advertised.” Rajiv Grover, consultant plastic surgeon and president of the BAAPS said:

“The continued double digit rise of cosmetic surgery underlines the fact that whether it is breast augmentation or antiageing procedures like facelifting the public are choosing tried and tested surgical methods rather than the magical-sounding quick fixes that fail to deliver promised results.”

The most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures for women in descending order are:

The percentage represents the increase from 2012.

Breast Augmentation 13%
Eyelid surgery 14%
Face/ neck lift 14%
Breast Reduction 11%
Rhinoplasty 19%
Liposuction 43%

The most common plastic surgery procedures for men in descending order are:

The percentage represents the increase from 2012.

Rhinoplasty 9%
Eyelid surgery 17%
Breast Reduction 24%
Liposuction 28%
Ear correction 8%
Face/ Neck Lift 19%