1 in 10 women thinking about cosmetic surgery

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Cosmetic surgery is growing in popularity in the UK with 10% of women considering some form of procedure, according to a new survey. 

The most popular area for surgery is on the face, the survey for ITV’s This Morning programme found. 

The survey of over 2,000 people reveals a quarter of all cosmetic surgeries are to improve breasts, while 1 in 10 are in relation to the stomach area. 

Reasons for surgery

It found that over a third (35%) of women who had undergone a procedure did so between the ages of 18 and 24, with nearly a quarter of those having more than one procedure. 

When it came to reasons for the surgery, two thirds (64%) say it is for their own benefit, and not to please other people. 

There has also been a growth in people opting to go abroad for their surgery with 1 in 3 considering this option and 1 in 20 having already travelled for their procedure. 

The number of Brits going abroad for cosmetic surgery has risen by 109% in the past 2 years. 

Choosing a clinic

While going abroad is becoming more popular, staying in the UK can provide a guarantee of quality. 

But research into clinics and surgeons is still important to make sure the surgeons and clinics are fully registered and legitimate. 

Here are places to look for legitimate surgeons:

  • General Medical Council: The GMC has a specialist register for cosmetic surgeons.  All doctors need to apply for entry onto the specialist register and meet the criteria set down by law.
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons: Allcosmetic surgeons should hold a FRCS plastic surgery qualification.
  • NHS Consultants: Any doctor that has worked as an NHS consultant plastic surgeon will have extensive specialist experience and qualifications in this field. 
  • British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons: Surgeons should hold membership of this association. These surgeons will have been examined in aesthetic/cosmetic surgery and been deemed by colleagues to be of sufficient standing to become a member. 
  • British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons: All members of this association must undergo intensive specialist training in plastic surgery that qualifies them to also perform aesthetic or cosmetic surgery. 


For more details on choosing the right cosmetic surgeon, read this comprehensive guide - Choosing a surgeon


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