UK cosmetic procedure numbers recover after Covid

As the UK continues to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of cosmetic procedures being carried out is rebounding.

Recent figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) show that after a sharp decline in the first half of 2020, overall cosmetic procedure numbers are now on the rise.

The figures show that cosmetic surgery procedures were down 27% in the first half of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. But the number of procedures carried out in the second half of 2020 rose by 11.4%, compared to the same period in 2019.

The biggest increase was seen in non-surgical procedures, such as dermal fillers and Botox, which were up by 18.2%. Surgery numbers, meanwhile, rose by 3.3%.

The BAAPS president, Rajiv Grover, said: “It’s encouraging that the numbers of cosmetic procedures are once again on the rise, despite the disruption of the pandemic.”

He added: “We recognise that the pandemic has had a huge impact on people’s mental health, and for some, cosmetic surgery can help restore a sense of self-esteem and confidence.”

The figures suggest that the pandemic has not had as much of an effect on the cosmetic surgery industry as was initially feared. With the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine programme continuing across the UK, it is likely that the industry will continue to recover in 2021.

Overall, the BAAPS figures show that the UK cosmetic procedure numbers have returned to pre-pandemic levels, indicating that the industry is resilient to the ongoing effects of the pandemic.