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Over 10,700 Plastic Surgery Procedures in UK in 2003

British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons announce annual audit results

London, UK - 27 January 2004 - The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons ( ) today announced the results of their yearly audit. Over 10,700 cosmetic procedures were performed in the UK by members in the period 2002 - 2003.

Participation in the internal study was higher than in previous years, with a response rate of over 70%. Membership currently stands at around 150 surgeons. Results indicate that surgical numbers remain stable, with less than a 1pc change over the previous year.

The top five procedures in 2003 were, in order of popularity:

  • Breast augmentation/Mastopexy; which account for over 20% of all procedures
  • Breast Reduction
  • Face/Neck lift
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Liposuction

According to Mr. Norman Waterhouse, President of the BAAPS;

"The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons seeks to educate those who wish to find out more about cosmetic surgery, and to uphold high professional and ethical standards. All our surgeons have undergone rigorous training and are registered with the GMC."

For the first time, the ratio of male-to-female undertaking cosmetic plastic surgery was monitored in the audit, which will allow the industry to track gender trends in the future. At present, male patients account for less than 8% of all procedures performed. The top surgical procedure for men was otoplasty (pinning back prominent ears), followed closely by rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

The BAAPS is committed to ensuring patient safety through education, and the Association does not offer popular marketing gimmicks such as 'free consultations' or gift vouchers.

According to Adam Searle, President-Elect and Honorary Treasurer;

"The BAAPS can be an invaluable guide for patients, as we can be relied upon as an independent organisation, based at the Royal College of Surgeons, providing efficient and practical guidance."

Further audit results are available from the BAAPS press office:

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