Cosmetic surgery, it’s something we’ve all heard of and we’d be lying if we said we hadn’t sat wondering if a celebrity had been under the knife.
And while we all sit there speculating and, at times, judging, many of us would also be lying if we hadn’t considered a little cosmetic surgery. From a tummy tuck to an eye lift to a little Botox and the most famous of them all, the boob job, it turns out that cosmetic surgery has been gaining popularity with just about everyone in recent years.
Not just the A-List
Just one year ago in May 2019, it was revealed by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons that cosmetic surgery was on the rise. While not a huge rise, in 2018, there had been 28,000 procedures, which was an increase of 0.1% from 2017.
This is a trend that’s been noticed over the last few years, with procedures rising by 13% between 2015 and 2016. And that’s only the start of it, as procedures have been on the rise for more than twenty years.
But, what’s interesting is, how cosmetic surgery has been on the rise more recently for men.
Men and cosmetic surgery
While men have been going under the knife for as long as women, it would seem that more and more men are opting for a little help from a surgeon when it comes to improving their appearance.
In 2017, 1.3 million aesthetic cosmetic surgeries were attributed to men, and this has been increasing and is expected to increase. But what surgeries have they been having? Well, the most popular treatments for men are:
- Gynaecomastia surgery (male moob reduction)
- Tummy tuck
- Nose job
- Hair transplant surgery
- Other non surgical treatments such as dermal fillers for a stronger jawline
But, is there a reason for this overall rise?
The reason behind the rise
While there’s no one reason for the rise in surgery, elements such as surgery being more available and people having more disposable cash is one of them. And, while surgery boomed in the 90s and 00s, especially for women due to the rise of the lad mags, there’s one element that could be behind the most recent rise; social media.
With platforms such as Instagram rising in the last decade, more and more people have been subjected to images of people looking ‘perfect’. The hashtag for ‘lip fillers’ has around 300,000 posts on Instagram alone.
This need to look perfect online has also seen a boom in the skincare industry and a rise in people joining gyms.
So, in answer to our question, yes, cosmetic surgery is becoming more acceptable in an age where we are bombarded with constant images. And, while the amount of surgery will no doubt fall following COVID-19, it’ll be interesting to see the rise over the next few years.