Saturday, 23 May 2015

Are you comfortable in your own skin?

While my other half insists that he needs at least £10,000 of plastic surgery to rid his face of lines and wrinkles I’m fairly comfortable in my skin. That said, while BeautykingUK may look in the mirror and see someone else’s body it would appear he isn’t alone, and in fact the use of surgical procedures for purely aesthetic reasons are more popular than you would think.

It wasn’t until a snazzy new infographic from the New Birkdale Clinic popped into my inbox that the scale of procedures being undertaken across the UK really hit home. 

Would you believe that last year there were over 45,000 procedures across the country? No? Me neither, if you had asked me to guess I would have put the figure firmly in the region of around 10,000 but I would be way, way out! Even more striking is the fact that the total actually decreased in 2014 when compared to the year before.

What do I draw from the infographic? Well, to me it appears that as the economy picks up and most of us have more money to spend on luxury goods and services. This could explain the increase in procedures. Could it also be the explosion in clinics offering procedures and the decreasing cost of undergoing a procedure?

What was staggering for me was the sheer increase in the number of breast augmentations (boob job to you and me) - 231% since 2004 and the increase in breast reductions - 243% since 2004. Wow, there are a lot of people out there who just don’t like what they were given in the genetic mixing pot.



  1. I'm far too young to be thinking about any of this yet, but I think I wouldn't ever want to get it! x

  2. It is a shame society feels the need to have cosmetic surgery, I think magazines and the media definitely make people more conscious of their size and shape. We need to embrace our skins and love ourselves more rather than conforming to 'size 0'.

    Kirsty xx

  3. Oh god. That's actually a bit scary. I think that modern body canons create such a big pressure... I don't believe that all the people who decided to have a plastic surgery did it only because of their own personal preferences. Trying to be 'perfect', sometimes people forget that everyone is beautiful in their own way.
    By the way, your post is quite relevant to my last post on perfectionism.

  4. That is a mighty large number of procedures especially as it is purely for cosmetic reasons. Great post! I think I would look incredibly odd as a size 6 let alone size 0!

  5. It seems so many people are not happy in their skin, but if getting some work done makes them happy why not. I'm not sure I would be so brave to go under knife.

    Pink Frenzy

  6. I must admit that I don't like the way I look and always cringe when I see myself in photographs. If I had the money to get some surgery or a cosmetic procedure I totally would.

  7. I want to feel confidant in the mirror but no to surgery from me

  8. On the one hand it's a shame if people feel they 'need' surgery. On the other it's a wonderful resource for those who are truly unhappy with something that can be fixed.

  9. I really don't like the idea of going under the knife, it scares me too much!!


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