Bad News From UK: … brows up, breasts down

UK plastic surgery statistics 2012: brows up, breasts down by Ami Sedghi.

From the post:

Despite a recession and the government launching a review into cosmetic surgery following the breast implant scandal, plastic surgery procedures in the UK were up last year.

A total of 43,172 surgical procedures were carried out in 2012 according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), an increase of 0.2% on the previous year. Although there wasn’t a big change for overall procedures, anti-ageing treatments such as eyelid surgery and face lifts saw double digit increases.

Breast augmentation (otherwise known as ‘boob jobs’) were still the most popular procedure overall although the numbers dropped by 1.6% from 2011 to 2012. Last year’s stats took no account of the breast implant scandal so this is the first release of figures from BAAPS to suggest what impact the scandal has had on the popular procedure.

Just for comparison purposes:

Country Procedures Population Percent of Population Treated
UK 43,172 62,641,000 0.00068%
US 9,200,000 313,914,000 0.02900%

Perhaps beauty isn’t one of the claimed advantages of socialized medicine?

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