The number of people going under the knife for cosmetic surgery has plummeted to a decade low, new figures suggest.
The number of procedures being performed in 2016 dropped by 39 per cent compared with 2015, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).
Last year, 30,750 cosmetic procedures are carried out, compared to 51,140 in 2015. Most of these were women, of which the most popular surgery was breast augmentation. For men, rhinoplasty topped the list of most popular procedures.
We’d love to think that media steering towards body positive messaging has something to do with this, but it may also be that we simply have less money to spend on getting boob enhancements and nose jobs.
Speaking to Sky News, consultant plastic surgeon and former BAAPS president Rajiv Grover, said: “What we think is behind this is possibly a lot of economic and political uncertainty, so with that sort of news people do tend to think very carefully before investing in something that would be a permanent change in terms of their appearance.”
However, non-surgical treatments, like Botox and other facial injectables, are on a steady rise.
Here’s our piece on the odd new plastic surgery trend gaining popularity this year.