The top cosmetic surgery trends of 2015

What are the UK’s most popular treatments and how has the face of cosmetic treatment changed over the past year? We explore new statistics released by the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons. 

After a huge rise in the number of cosmetic treatments in 2013, 2014 appears to be a much more conservative year with 9% fall in the amount of surgical procedures performed in the UK. In a trend BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons) are referring to ‘tweaked not tucked’, new figures released suggest patients are starting to look less at drastic transformation procedures like breast augmentation and abdominoplasty, and are instead focusing on treatments that ‘refine’ what they already have.

Most popular cosmetic surgery procedures - BAAPS

In general, the cosmetic industry saw a 9% drop in the number of surgical cosmetic procedures performed and it was only liposuction that saw a notable increase in the number of treatments taking place with a 7% rise – lifting it from 6th place to 5th in the top ten most commonly performed.  Face/Neck Lifts and Breast Reduction too saw a more conservative rise of 1%, but these three were the only treatments that celebrated a growth. It appears that more figure-changing procedures were the main fallers, with Breast Augmentation procedures dropping by 20%, Rhinoplasty by 24%, Abdominoplasty by 20% and Otoplasty by 20%.

 Here are the BAAPS statistics in full: 


The top ten surgical procedures for men & women for 2014 (total 45,406 – a fall of 9%)

In order of popularity:

  • Liposuction: 4,627 – up 7% (Rose to 5th place from 6th)
  • Rhinoplasty: 3,690– down 24% (Dropped to 6th from 5th)
  • Fat Transfer: 3,155 – down 4% (Increased to 7th from 8th)
  • Otoplasty (ear correction): 942 – down 20%


  • Liposuction: 4,138 – up 10%  (Up to 5th from 6th place in 2013)
  • Rhinoplasty: 2,977 – down 20%  (Down to 6th place from 5th)
  • Fat Transfer: 2,914 – down 4%  (Up to 7th from 8th place in 2013)
  • Abdominoplasty: 2,608 – down 20%  (Dropped to 8th place from 7th in 2013)
  • Otoplasty (ear correction): 481 – down 25%


  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid ops): 849 – down 4% from last year (Up to 1st place from 2nd)
  • Rhinoplasty: 713 – down 30% (Down to 2nd place from 1st in 2013)
  • Otoplasty (ear correction): 461 – down 15%

We don’t believe in trends, however, and think the only treatment that should ever be performed is the one that is right for you. No matter how invasive or non-invasive a method may seem, remember that only a professional should be allowed near you. They will be able to guide you towards the best way forward – regardless of what other people might be doing – and help you achieve your goals safely, effectively and truthfully to you.

The Private Clinic

With over 30 years of Harley Street experience behind us and 9 clinics based across the UK, we don’t care what’s popular at any given time – we only care about what’s right for you. We offer a host of non-invasive and non-surgical treatments alongside carefully selected plastic surgery procedures to make sure that you have a choice and will only ever receive the best option for you.

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