Annual data released by BAAPS – the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons – is always greeted with interest for its insights into the UK cosmetic surgery industry, and the latest figures make fascinating reading.
As is to be expected in uncertain financial times, there’s been a slight dip in the amount of overall procedures performed, but while certain operations have dropped, others remain as popular as ever – and one such procedure is the tummy tuck. As a matter of fact, abdominoplasty is one of the few plastic surgery procedures which became more popular in 2017 than it was in 2016.
According to the data, the number of Brits undergoing cosmetic procedures is slightly decreasing – down 7.9% in 2017 from the previous year. One of the biggest slumps was seen in traditional liposuction, which dropped by over a quarter. However, abdominoplasty procedures have jumped up from the sixth most popular body procedure in the UK to the fourth.
Why are tummy tucks becoming more popular?
In order to answer that question, it’s worth looking at why other procedures have dropped in 2017. A good place to start is with liposuction, which crashed by 28% last year. There’s an obvious reason for that: the introduction and spread of less invasive procedures such as CoolSculpting and other fat-freezing techniques, which involves smaller incisions, fewer potential scarring, and less downtime.
However, there are no non-invasive procedures that can do the job that abdominoplasty does. To correct and restore a desirable body shape after considerable weight loss and the loss of elasticity in the skin, your practitioner needs to get at the abdominal muscles in order to tighten them, the excess ‘overhang’ of skin needs to be trimmed, and in certain cases the belly button may need to be repositioned. And for these patients there’s no substitute for a tummy tuck.
Tech can improve our faces, but not our bodies
The really interesting revelation from the date is that women are starting to turn away from facial procedures and focusing on their bodies. Female facelifts dropped by a whopping 44%, and brow lifts (one of the most desired procedure of recent times) slumped by 31% – but breast augmentation kept rising, and so did abdominoplasty.
Researchers point to the rise of filters in social media, allowing users to enhance their looks, as an important factor in the decline of facial surgery – and also the growing trend of ‘activewear’ such as yoga pants and Lycra leggings for the switch from face to body, mainly because you can’t get an Instagram filter to make you look thinner just yet.
The tummy tuck is the only procedure that can finish the job you started when you embarked on a weight loss programme. The procedure is simple enough – there’ll be a consultation period, where Mr Anthony Macquillan will review your medical history, take on board your goals, give you the straight facts on any risks and unrealistic goals, and explain exactly what you can expect if you proceed. More and more people are discovering the benefits of abdominoplasty – why not join them?