According to The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, over 51,000 Britons underwent cosmetic surgery in 2015.
Realistically those figures are actually double, if we were to take into account the large commercial cosmetic surgery chains who provide cosmetic surgery procedures, but are not included in that audit.
These staggering figures demonstrate the publics love affair with surgical scalpel and despite any previous blips the economy seems to have suffered the quest for aesthetic perfection is not showing any signs of slowing down.
Surgeons say that with the new trend in A-list celebrities (such as Sharon Stone, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelly Rowland, Jane Fonda and even Modern Family’s young starlet Ariel Winter) openly confessing to the odd nip or tuck, it’s possible that patients are feeling encouraged by their positive admissions and attractive results. These new attitudes could be one of the drivers for increased acceptance and de-stigmatising of aesthetic enhancement, 7 out of 10 of the most popular procedures seeing a double-digit increase.
If you thinking about going under the knife, it is important that you choose a full qualified and highly experienced surgeon for your procedure. The internet can offer a myriad of options but can be a minefield to research and too much scouring review sites and feedback forums can leave you confused and frankly, worried.
Many of these review sites can give inflated or sensationalized accounts of surgery so it is probably best to take advice from authorized sites and those around you that have had this procedure. Asking friends and trusted colleagues who have had breast augmentation is a good way to find a surgeon and to see their results.
If they can give you their experiences first hand, this is the best way to really know that a surgeon has done a good job. Referring to sites such as the BAAPS (British association of aesthetic plastic surgeons) website for information on trusted surgeons is also a safe and effective way to find a trusted and fully qualified professional. It is recommended to visit at least three surgeons so that you can feel really comfortable that the surgeon you choose is one that you feel secure and comfortable with. Look out for associations such as BAPRAS (British association of plastic and reconstructive surgeons) as many reputable practitioners are members.
Your surgeon needs to give you all the information and advice you need to feel confident to make a decision moving forward. Be wary of hospital chains where you don’t see the surgeon first hand or indeed, face to face. If you are diverted to a patient coordinator to discuss your procedure in detail and aren’t offered a consultation with a surgeon in person then back well away. It is the surgeon that is going to be performing this invasive procedure, not a sales person and they cannot advise on your individual needs and surgical protocol, so don’t trust any organisation that won’t introduce you to the surgeon to discuss your case, period.