Obesity levels cause rise in cosmetic surgery

Obesity problems in the UK are likely to lead to an increase in enquiries about weight loss surgery and cosmetic surgery. When asked how obesity levels in the UK could affect the cosmetic surgery industry, Nigel Mercer, former president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), said: “Normal patients are having weight loss surgery and then they need very extensive operations to have body lifts, breast lifts, face-lifting and arm lifts to try and get them back into a situation where they can wear normal clothes without having massive skin folds”. This news comes after research from BAAPS showed that the demand for non-surgical cosmetic procedures rose dramatically in 2010, from 2009. The British Association of Cosmetic Doctors predicts that this trend will continue as people choose quick-fix alternatives, such as dermal fillers, to surgical procedures. Mercer added that surgery to remove eye bags (blepharoplasty) is becoming increasingly popular, particularly among men.