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According to data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the number of cosmetic surgery procedures fell 40% in 2016. The reason? Many more “relatable” celebrities who are seemingly at home with their flaws. However, for many people cosmetic surgery remains a very attractive option, whether you’re considering a full procedure or a tweak like botox. If you’re keen to have cosmetic surgery, it’s important to make sure that you have all the facts – to ensure you don’t pay more than you need to, and to stay safe.
If you’re looking at cosmetic surgery then there are two broad categories: surgical and non-surgical procedures. Non-surgical procedures are generally less invasive and are unlikely to require anaesthetic or a hospital stay. Surgical procedures are much more of a commitment. These are some common examples of the two:
Surgical procedures: breast enlargement/reduction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, ear correction surgery, liposuction, hair transplant, eyelid surgery, facelift, labiaplasty, a nose job or surgical fat transfer.
Non-surgical procedures: botox, dermal fillers, microdermabraison, chemical peels, laser hair removal, skin lightening, tattoo removal or permanent make up.
Some cosmetic surgery is available on the NHS, which means that there will be no cost to you. However, this is becoming increasingly unusual and generally requires a broader motivation than simply wanting to have fewer wrinkles or a smaller nose. Costs for cosmetic surgery can vary significantly, depending on where you are in the UK and the type of clinic that you choose. Research carried out by Private Health UK identified these average costs for some common surgical cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK:
All of these procedures are costly and we are aware of a constant flow of people wanting to borrow to pay for cosmetic surgery.
Non-surgical procedures tend to be much cheaper and are much more accessible. Often, this is because they are administered by beauty therapists and not by doctors, nurses or trained clinicians. If you’re looking at non-surgical cosmetic surgery then these are some of the most common procedures, as well as the potential costs involved, according to the NHS:
For anyone looking at either surgical or non-surgical procedures the choice of where to get the cosmetic surgery is often based on cost. Many people become cosmetic surgery tourists, travelling to other locations in order to access cheaper plastic surgery. And this is often worth it, as it’s possible to save around 60% on the cost of cosmetic surgery by choosing to go to somewhere outside the UK. The idea also appeals to many people because of the privacy element involved – the surgery can be scheduled into a holiday and no one needs to know. If you’re considering cosmetic surgery abroad then the NHS has these tips:
There are always risks to any kind of surgery or operation and accepting these is part of the process of determining whether you’re ready for cosmetic surgery. There are also some key steps to take if you want to stay safe.
Amanda Gillam is Solution Loans's General Manager and has been since 2009. She is also a prolific writer on personal finance issues, and has been quoted numerous times in articles published on 3rd party websites and in press releases. Her...Read about Amanda Gillam
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