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Monday, 11 March, 2002, 16:31 GMT
UK tops Euro plastic surgery league
Plastic surgery is becoming more popular
More cosmetic plastic surgery operations are carried out in the UK than any other European country, figures reveal.

Figures from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery found that surgeons carried out 24,336 in the UK in 2000.

However, that number was dwarfed by the massive 143,676 procedures carried out in the US - nearly 40% of the world-wide total.

Most plastic surgery operations
US 143,676
Brazil 66,090
UK 24,336
France 21,221
Mexico 16,957
Switzerland 16,062
The UK came third on the list, behind the US and ahead of Brazil.

The most popular procedure in the UK was the Botox injection.

This involves getting rid of wrinkles and lines by injecting a form of the botulinum toxin just under the skin.

The second most popular operation was the collagen injection to plump up wrinkles and lips.

Third was laser skin resurfacing in which dead skin is blasted away to reveal a clearer complexion.

Conservative approach

World-wide the most common plastic surgery procedure was liposuction followed by breast augmentation and Botox injection.

For the British going for something surgical is a big step

Luis Toledo
The ISAPS said Europeans have a "more conservative attitude" towards plastic surgery than their American counterparts for whom radical procedures such as face lifts and buttock lifts are more commonplace.

Luis Toledo, director of communications, told BBC News Online: "In Brazil and the US plastic surgery has been made extremely popular, not just by surgeons, but by magazines and television.

"But for the British going for something surgical is a big step."

Mr Clive Orton, of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said: "There has been an exponential growth in interest in plastic surgery in the UK over the last 10-15 years, and that is continuing.

"I don't buy the assumption that the British are conservative. We are not conservative about music, fashion or design and I don't think there is an old fashioned attitude towards plastic surgery in the way that there used to be."

The figures show that world-wide nearly nine out of ten plastic surgery patients are women.

But in Turkey, Sweden and Japan more than 20% of the patients are male.

Among men, the most common procedures are rhinoplasty (nose surgery), blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) and Botox injection.

Mexico has the highest percentage of teenage patients - 28.7%. The UK has the lowest proportion at 0.66%.

See also:

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