The According to official statistics, approximately 65,000 surgical cosmetic procedures were performed in 2008 in the UK – 50% more than in 2003. Breast enlargement was the most popular procedure, followed by rhinoplasty (nose job, nose reshaping), liposuction, and face-lifts. Cosmetic surgery in the USA is far more popular:

Surgical cosmetic procedures USA, 2007

    • Liposuction 456,828
    • Breast augmentation 399,440
    • Eyelid surgery 240,763
    • Abdominoplasty 185,335
    • Female breast reduction 153,087
    • Total – 1,435,444

(Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures, USA, 2007

    • Botox 2,775,176
    • Hyaluronic Acid (Hylaform, Juvederm, Restylane) 1,448,716
    • Laser Hair Removal 1,412,657
    • Microdermabrasion 829,658
    • Laser Skin Resurfacing 647,707
    • Total – 7,113,914

(Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)

Experts say that not everybody is suitable for cosmetic surgery. There may be factors in the patient’s life that may be influencing his/her surgery decisions. In many cases in Europe and North America surgeons may delay the procedure until the patient has received psychological counseling. As most surgical cosmetic surgery procedures have permanent results, it is crucial that the patient is completely sure about wanting to go ahead.

 

 

Choosing a surgeon

UK – it is important that the surgeon is registered in two places:

      • The General Medical Council

and

 

  • The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)

A BAAPS member must have at least 6 years training in plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as basic surgical training. It is also advisable that a prospective patient seek surgeons who have a specialism or experience in the type of procedure required. Cosmetic surgeons who work in the National Health Service (NHS) also work privately.

Any company in the UK that provides cosmetic surgery must be registered with the Healthcare Commission. Prospective patients should check their inspection reports and double check that their annual registration is up-to-date.

The NHS advises prospective patients to verify what measures the surgeon or company will take to ensure that the surgery progresses as smoothly as possible. The surgeon should explain everything clearly before, during and after surgery. The patient should be told what problems to expect when returning home after surgery or hospital.

USA – Ideally, the surgeon should be a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). ASAPS informs that membership is by invitation only and membership is limited to those who are formally trained and experienced plastic surgeons who concentrate their practices in performing cosmetic plastic surgery of the face and body. Membership of ASAPS is an exclusive privilege for surgeons who have the necessary qualifications – only approximately 25% of American Board of Plastic Surgery certified surgeons have been accredited into ASAPS membership. The society does not offer membership to doctors who are trained in specialties other than plastic surgery.

If the surgeon is not an ASAPS member, he/she should at least be certified by the American board of Plastic Surgery.

There are many medi-spas in the USA that offer various services. There is no umbrella organization that sets standards for medi-spas, no recognized definition of what constitutes a medi-spa.