In celebration of its 70th year, BBC Radio 4’s flagship show Woman’s Hour recently released a poll that looked at every aspect of a woman’s life in 2016. As well as discovering that 86% of women would rather be a woman than a man, compared to just over half of women interviewed in 1947, a third of women also said that they would consider cosmetic surgery.
In figures released earlier this year, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) of which I am a member, compiled plastic surgery statistics in the UK. As evidenced by the Woman’s Hour poll, a greater acceptance of cosmetic surgery powered a 12.5% growth on the previous year’s figures.
The top 10 plastic surgery ops for women
- Breast Augmentation: The popularity of enhancement surgery among the young also shows no sign of abating; the sector of the female population most enthusiastic about going under the knife as per the Woman’s Hour poll were women under the age of 35, with breast augmentation the most requested op.
- Blepharoplasty: Also known as an eyelid lift, a blepharoplasty can be performed on either the upper or lower lid or both. The eyes often give away the ageing game and a blepharoplasty can transform the upper part of the face and produce an impressively rejuvenating effect.
- Face/Neck Lift: Other popular facial rejuvenation surgery are facelifts or neck lifts. Although non-surgical procedures, such as dermal fillers or Botox, have massively grown in popularity in previous years, there is a limit to how much they can achieve and, so far, there has not been an effective alternative to cosmetic surgery that can tackle sagging facial tissues.
- Breast Reduction: For women who have suffered with the physical and psychological problems associated with overly-large breasts, often for many years, a breast reduction can produce life-changing results. In 2013 a study published in Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, applied validated survey tools to evaluate patient satisfaction after a breast reduction procedure. Statistically significant improvements were recorded in terms of satisfaction with appearance and physical and psychosocial well-being.
- Liposuction: Increasingly safe and highly effective, it’s no wonder that liposuction for women was the procedure that saw the greatest growth; according to the BAAPS figures it was up 20% on the previous year.
- Rhinoplasty: Known as the world’s oldest cosmetic surgery procedure, early surgeons were performing reconstructive nose operations many thousands of years ago. The nose is the central feature of the face and a nose that is too big, too long, crooked or generally out of balance with the rest of the facial features, can greatly impact on a woman’s self-confidence. However, it is essential that you have realistic and achievable expectations from surgery and it’s part of my role in a rhinoplasty consultation at my Leamington cosmetic surgery clinic to ensure that this is the case.
- Fat Transfer: During this procedure, fat is taken from one part of the body where it is not wanted and moved or ‘grafted’ to another part of the face or body, to restore volume or enhance a particular feature. Although it may be less well-known as a cosmetic surgery op, it has been performed for many years. However, it is only in recent years that results have become more predictable and successful.
- Abdominoplasty: The tummy tuck can produce some of the most dramatic before and afters photographs, removing excess sagging skin, tightening muscles and flattening the abdomen. It is important to realise, though, that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure – it is best suited to women who are at or near their ideal body weight. However, for women who may have stretched skin and muscles from weight fluctuations or pregnancy, a tummy tuck is often the only solution.
- Brow Lift: Many women complain that low, sagging brows make them look tired and even cross all the time. A brow lift is a popular facial procedure that can dramatically rejuvenate the upper third of the face.
- Ear Correction (Pinnaplasty/Otoplasty): Although surgical treatment for prominent ears is most commonly performed on children aged around 5 or 6, both teenagers and adults of both sexes come forward, having ‘slipped through the net’ for a variety of reasons, and having put up with many years of hiding their ears or having to put up with upsetting banter or even direct verbal abuse.
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