Product Market Study
Cosmetic Surgery in UK
Cosmetic surgery is surgery that revises or changes
appearance, colour, texture, structural position of body
features to achieve what patients perceive to be more
desirable. It is also known as elective surgery, meaning that
the patient chooses to have it although it is not essential.
Cosmetic surgery is different from plastic surgery, which is
surgery to reconstruct or improve the appearance after injury
It is important to distinguish the terms "plastic surgery" and
"cosmetic surgery": Plastic Surgery is a recognized surgical
specialty and is defined as the subspecialty dedicated to the
surgical repair of defects of form or function -- this includes
cosmetic (or aesthetic) surgery, as well as reconstructive
surgery. The term "cosmetic surgery" however, refers to
surgery that is designed to improve cosmetics alone. Many
other surgical specialists are also required to learn certain
cosmetic procedures during their training programs.
Contributing disciplines include dermatology, general
surgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, maxillofacial
surgery, and autoplastic surgery.
2.0 MARKET OVERVIEW
Around 65,000 cosmetic surgery procedures are carried out
every year in the UK, an increase of over 50% in the past five
years. The most common operation is breast enlargement,
followed by nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), liposuction and
Cosmetic surgery is divided into five sectors: procedures on
the face/neck area; those on the breast area; procedures on
the lower-abdomen area; other surgical procedures; and
Around 30,000 patients are believed to undergo cosmetic
surgery each year in England. But experts believe a further
20,000 providers carry out cosmetic procedures such as
laser treatments and Botox (botulinum toxins) injections and
fillers, which are used to alter the shape of a person's face.
A further, unknown number of procedures are carried out in
informal settings such as "Botox parties" and beauty
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for cosmetic surgery.
Many surgeons believe that other factors in the patient's life
could be influencing their decision to have surgery, and will
delay the procedure until the patient has received
The popularity of cosmetic surgery is continuing to soar in
the UK, latest figures show. Market analyst Mintel predicts
that in 2008 Britons will spend more than £1bn on cosmetic
The latest survey reported that 577,000 cosmetic treatments
were carried out in the UK.
The number of non-surgical procedures rose from 230,000 to
472,000, with a particular surge in demand for botox and
collagen wrinkle fillers.
Mintel said these non-invasive procedures have become
much more popular because they are seen as less risky. But
the analyst warned that the fact that these delicate
procedures do not have to be carried out by medically
qualified personnel, and that this part of the industry is still
self-regulated should be a cause for concern.
Other non-invasive procedures include laser hair removal,
chemical peels and teeth whitening.
Mintel said nowadays, the British perception of beauty is
based on airbrushed images of models and photos of
surgically enhanced celebrities, both young and old.
Surgical procedures still make up the bulk of spending on
Facial enhancements, such as facelifts, and breast surgery
are the two most popular surgical procedures. One in five
facial surgery operations carried out in the past year were
Nose jobs were the most popular surgical procedure with
men, with breast enlargement most popular with women.
Breast uplifts are increasingly carried out to redress the
effects of breast-feeding and pregnancy on women's
In terms of value, face/neck area procedures accounted for
the largest share of the market in 2007, although it is
estimated that non-surgical procedures experienced the
largest growth, closely followed by those on the breast area.
In volume terms, non-surgical procedures were dominant.
3.0 MARKET TRENDS
The cosmetic surgery market is being driven by the
astonishing speed of technological advancements,
particularly in non-surgical procedures. Increased
sophistication in laser technology is a strong trend and
combined treatments involving the use of a number of
different types of non-surgical treatment — injectables and
peels, as well as the use of cosmeceuticals — is an
increasing feature of the market.
In terms of surgical procedures, demand in facial surgery, in
particular, is being boosted by advancements in minimally
invasive techniques, which are encouraging more women to
opt for the so-called `lunch-time lifts'. Recovery times are
shorter and consumers can often be back at work shortly
after fairly major procedures.
The future looks strong for the cosmetic surgery industry.
Major players have plans to expand, particularly in the area
of non-surgical procedures, and, with the backing of strong
regulation, the industry looks set to continue strong levels of
Cosmetic surgery has also become an increasingly
acceptable lifestyle decision to a growing range of people in
the UK. Advances in technology, increasing competition and
the introduction of fixed-price and loan schemes have made
it an accessible option for many people of average income, in
spite of the fact that it is not covered by private medical
insurance. Plastic surgery is only available on the National
Health Service (NHS) for those with a clear functional or
psychological need, but even this can be sensitive to budget
restrictions and funding cuts.
Consumer research carried out for Key Note by The Gallup
Organization Ltd indicated that the procedures most popular
with respondents were breast surgery - including
augmentation, reduction and improvement - (9% of female
respondents), followed by body tucks and fat removal (8%).
The well-publicised controversy over silicone implants does
not appear to have deterred women from having breast
Growth in the market has been fuelled by the development of
new techniques and procedures, many of which are giving
superior results and are also less invasive, with fewer side-
effects and more rapid recovery times. The market is also
becoming increasingly competitive, with a number of larger
players in the private acute care market such as Bupa
Hospitals, Nuffield and even the NHS competing with
specialist cosmetic surgery groups such as Transform
Cosmetic Surgery Diet.
There was still potential for further growth in the numbers of
people having procedures. The current figures suggest that
as little as 0.03% of the population has undergone a
procedure, so there is scope for more.
The number of people undergoing cosmetic surgery
procedures has increased by 32% since 2007 according The
Harley Medical Group. The continued boom is, in part, put
down to increasing social acceptance.
The UK cosmetic surgery market has expanded rapidly over
the past 5 years (2003 to 2007). Estimate that the market
which includes both surgical and non-surgical procedures
was worth £493m at the end of 2007, with annual growth
rates of between 21.7% and 69% from 2003. Although there
is no national auditing for the industry in terms of revenue,
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
(BAAPS) records detailed procedure numbers for its 200-
plus members every year; therefore, very accurate trends
can be surmised from these figures.
While the consumer base for surgery is still small (less than
0.05% of the population, according to BAAPS) and
procedures are still relatively expensive compared with those
in the US, a growing number of younger women and men are
opting to undertake procedures such as breast augmentation
and liposuction. This has driven the cosmetic surgery market
to no small extent.
Another major driver has been the advancement in less-
invasive techniques, particularly in facial surgery, which have
encouraged older consumers to undergo face lifts and eyelid
surgery in far higher numbers. The other major feature of the
cosmetic surgery market has been the dramatic expansion in
provision for non-surgical procedures, again propelled by
advancements in techniques and technology. For example,
newer, more effective dermal filler treatments are
encouraging many more women to undergo non-surgical
In addition, advancements in laser technology are set to
potentially revolutionise this form of treatment. Lasers can
also now be used for lipolysis, for which there is growing
demand in the UK. In this way, the distinction between
surgical and non-surgical techniques is starting to become
more blurred, and is likely to become increasingly more so
Although growth of the cosmetic surgery has slowed in 2007,
forecasts for next year that this trend will continue which the
market is expected to retain demand and further expansion.
It is anticipated that increasing popularity of non-surgical
procedures will underpin market developments and the
consumer base will continue to expand.
UK consumers are likely to remain modest in terms of their
aims, opting mainly for subtly enhancing treatments, which
allow them to age gracefully or to participate in social
situations with more confidence. The industry needs to be
fully and visibly regulated, however, and there may be even
further pressure over the next few years to bring those areas
of the market that are still not fully subject to strict legislation
to better accountability.
Last year, research found that 73 per cent of Brits were
considering undergoing some form of cosmetic surgery.
In the UK, reputable surgeons are registered with the
General Medical Council and industry bodies such as
BAAPS or the British Association of Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgeons, while practitioners abroad may not
have regulation requirements.
The Skiers, so-called because they are Spending the Kids'
Inheritance, have already inspired booms in the retail, travel
and online industries and could now be responsible for an
upsurge in cosmetic surgery.
Envious of celebrities who have hung on to their youthful
good looks such as Felicity Kendal, Twiggy Lawson,
Madonna and Jane Fonda, older women are reportedly
turning to surgery to eradicate eye bags and smooth over
Recent poll suggested that following are popular techniques
- “silver surgery" has revealed that a quarter of women
over 50 would have plastic surgery to become youthful
- women as old as 82 are opting for a nip and tuck
- botox injections
- cosmetic surgery for men.
More Brits are seeing the cost benefits of undergoing
cosmetic surgery in the UK rather than opting for treatment
abroad, according to the British Association of Aesthetic and
Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).
The most prevalent aesthetic/cosmetic procedures are listed
below. Most of these types of surgery are more commonly
known by their "common names." such as :
- Abdominoplasty (or "tummy tuck"): reshaping and
firming of the abdomen.
- Blepharoplasty (or "eyelid surgery"): Reshaping of the
eyelids or the application of permanent eyeliner,
including Asian blepharoplasty.
- Breast augmentation (or "breast enlargement" or "boob
job"): Augmentation of the breasts. This can involve
either fat grafting, saline or silicone gel prosthetics.
Initially performed to women with micromastia.
- Breast reduction: Removal of skin and glandular tissue.
Indicated to reduce back and shoulder pain in women
with gigantomastia and/or for psychological benefit in
women with gigantomastia/macromastia and men with
- Breast lift (Mastopexy): Lifting or reshaping of breasts to
make them less saggy, often after weight loss (after a
pregnancy, for example). It involves removal of breast
skin as opposed to glandular tissue.
- Buttock Augmentation (or "butt augmentation" or "butt
implants"): Enhancement of the buttocks. This
procedure can be performed by using silicone implants
or fat grafting and transfer from other areas of the body.
- Chemical peel: Minimizing the appearance of acne,
pock, and other scars as well as wrinkles (depending on
concentration and type of agent used, except for deep
furrows), solar lentigines (age spots, freckles), and
photodamage in general. Chemical peels commonly
involve carbolic acid (Phenol), trichloroacetic acid
(TCA), glycolic acid (AHA), or salicylic acid (BHA) as
the active agent.
- Labiaplasty: Surgical reduction and reshaping of the
- Rhinoplasty (or "nose job"): Reshaping of the nose
- Otoplasty (or ear surgery): Reshaping of the ear
- Rhytidectomy (or "face lift"): Removal of wrinkles and
signs of aging from the face.
- Suction-Assisted Lipectomy (or liposuction): Removal of
fat from the body.
- Chin augmentation: Augmentation of the chin with an
implant (e.g. silicone) or by sliding genioplasty of the
- Cheek augmentation.
- Collagen, fat, and other tissue filler injections (e.g.
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Male Pectoral Implant : It is a procedure used to
enhance chest size in men by inserting silicone implants
under the chest muscle.
There is an illegal surgeon agent who involved in advertised
cosmetic surgery in unreliable source such as women’s
The surgeons involved in these schemes are not linked to
the UK in any way, meaning if further surgery is needed,
patients either have to make a second trip to the country
where they had their operation, or approach private or NHS
surgeons in the UK.
Britain's second largest cosmetic surgery provider, Harley
Medical Group, says 40% of its patients are male. 82% of
male patients are under 30, compared to 70% of women.
The most popular operation among men was rhinoplasty, or
nose job, with more than 700 men taking this option, a rise of
more than a third.
Liposuction was the next most popular, with 582 procedures
(up 18%), then eyelid surgery, ear correction and neck or
facelifts (230 - up 21%).
A Bupa survey found the five most popular operations for
men were nose jobs, face lifts, eyelid surgery, liposuction
and ear pinning. It looks at the growing number of men who
are prepared to go under the knife. 57 per cent more botox
injections than a year ago and chin lifts are being carried out
on 44 per cent more men. The medical group also found that
breast reductions are 47 per cent more popular.
The effects of ageing can be reversed and features that have
bothered you for years can be changed and a new physique
can be attained, which could not be achieved even with
exercise and a healthy diet.
The group says it's carrying out 57 per cent more botox
injections than a year ago and chin lifts are being carried out
on 44 per cent more men. The medical group also found that
breast reductions are 47 per cent more popular.
London cosmetic surgeon Dalia Nield has reported a rise in
women having cosmetic surgery for their wedding day.
Based at The London Clinic, she has noticed a 50 per cent
increase in the run up to summer, with many women opting
for cosmetic surgery to enable them to look great when
walking down the aisle.
According to the Consultant Plastic Surgeon, member of the
British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)
and British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and
Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), they have an increase of
around 50 per cent in cosmetic procedures in summer
compared to the winter months, and more in the clinic
women having cosmetic surgery in time for their wedding.
Breast argumentation is the most popular procedure for
wedding surgery, but liposuction is also popular.
Vaginal tightening surgery also known as vaginoplast is a
procedure performed to tighten vaginal muscles and
supporting tissue. A leading urogynaecologist has spoken
out against the growing popularity of cosmetic vaginal
More and more women are seeking vaginal surgery. These
include operations to make the external appearance more
"attractive" and reshaping the vagina to counter laxity after
The most established vaginal cosmetic procedure was
reduction labioplasty - a procedure to make the labia smaller
which is requested by women either for aesthetic reasons
or to alleviate physical discomfort.
Most of the procedures are done in the private sector and it's
totally unregulated. The exact numbers of procedures carried
out are unknown.
In the past five years there has been a doubling of the
number of labial reductions carried out on the NHS.
The evidence from existing case studies shows that the
procedure, which costs about £2,000 at a private clinic, does
have positive aesthetic results but it is unclear whether it
resolves feelings of psychological distress or improves
And there was little evidence that "vaginal rejuvenation" - the
surgical repair of vaginal laxity, with a price tag of about
£3,000 - improved symptoms and was any better than doing
simple pelvic floor muscle exercises.
There are three types of cosmetic vaginal surgery such as
- Labioplasty - to make the labia smaller,
- Vaginal rejuvenation - to make the vagina tighter
- Hymenoplasty which is to restore the hymen and
make the woman appear a virgin.
Women are paying large sums of money for this type of
surgery which may improve the appearance of their
genitalia but there is no evidence that it improves function.
A record number of women having facelifts fuelled a 12%
rise in cosmetic operations in Britain last year, figures show.
A total of 32,453 surgical procedures were carried out,
compared with 28,921 in 2007, the British Association of
Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said.
Some 91% of patients were women, but "tummy tucks" and
breast reductions on men also increased to record levels.
Association members reported a 37% rise in face or
necklifts on women to 4,238.
The most popular operation for women remained breast
enlargement surgery, with 6,847 cases. This was followed
by eyelid surgery (5,148 - up 13%), face or neck lifts,
liposuction (3,990 - up 15%), and breast reduction (3,178).
The association says it is the rise of non-surgical versions,
involving fillers and Botox that is responsible for the
increase in facelifts.
The number of people opting for private cosmetic surgery to
improve or alter their appearance, excluding botox
injections, has risen sharply over 2007, according to a
survey by industry advice group TheCosmeticSurgeon.net.
Excluding botox injections, the number of people opting for
cosmetic procedures increased over 2007, with more and
more choosing private surgeries and consultants to carry out
their procedures without fully researching or reading up on
Whilst cosmetic surgery is widely used in treating accident
victims, it is also becoming more popular for purely aesthetic
purposes. It has given rise to an undercurrent of unqualified
private practitioners, many of whom have very little
experience across the range of operations they are asked to
perform and some who are not adequately qualified to
perform such significant surgical procedures.
A new cosmetic surgery technique designed to improve the
appearance of a person's facial features has a long-lasting
effect compared with traditional procedures, it has been
Previous fat grafting techniques to boost the soft tissue of
the face have had limited effect as the grafted tissue is
unable to gain its own blood supply, meaning that it is
unable to survive in the long term.
However, microfat grafting involves tiny injections of fat into
discrete layers of the skin and the space between each
injection allows for new blood vessels to grow and feed the
Microfat grafting can provide permanent improvements for a
range of facial features, including eyelid hollows and sunken
According to the Harley Medical Group, which recently
reported a rise in cosmetic surgery procedures ahead of
Wayne and Coleen Rooney's wedding, the most popular
procedures among footballers' wives and girlfriends include
botox, lip fillers and a facial polishing treatment called
Politicians and businessmen are leading the queue for
cosmetic surgery and botox, according to the Harley
The group, which is the UK's largest provider of cosmetic
surgery, revealed that there has been an increase in the
number of high flying men opting to go under the knife.
Cosmetic surgeon at the Harley Medical Group, suggested
that stressful careers place a strain on people's physical
appearance and that some MPs are planning to undergo
cosmetic surgery in August so that they have recovered in
time for September.
As for businessmen, the business world is such a youth-
driven environment, particularly in the City where the
average age of a trader is late 20s.
According to the Harley Medical Group, there has been a 33
per cent rise in the number of men having the skin under
their eyes removed (blepharoplasty), and male facelift
surgery has increased by 17 per cent.
Blepharoplasty generally costs in the region of £2,600 to
£4,325 in a private hospital in the UK.
The survey found that 69 per cent confessing that they have
already succumbed to the surgeon’s scalpel.
The findings of the poll, conducted by two gay lifestyle
websites which asked more than 1,000 men for their views
on cosmetic surgery, reflect an upsurge in plastic surgery
among British men of all sexual orientations.
4.0 COMPARISON OF COSMETIC SURGERY COSTS
COMPARISON COSMETIC SURGERY COSTS
Malaysia UK Spain South Belgium
Breast £2110 £4200 £2939 £2177 £2500
Breast £2711 £4600 £4076 £2695 £2742
Breast uplift £3400 £4375 £5267 £3039 £2709
Face lift £4500 £4250 £5267 £3039 £2709
4.1 REGULATIONS AND LEGISLATIONS
There is no specific regulation on cosmetic surgery. It is done by
own regulation. Regulations can be divided into four categories
Government efforts to increase standard
The growth market in cosmetic surgery and procedures will
face tough regulatory controls outlined by the government.
Much of the industry performing penis and breast
enlargements, facelifts, Botox fillers and laser treatment
remains unregulated, and patients submitting to such
procedures are ignorant of the risks. Moves to improve
doctors' training and ensure patients were better informed as
well as announcing a tougher regulatory structure for private
The Healthcare Commission estimates that only about 15%
of premises carrying out such procedures are registered to
do so, with small organisations the most likely to comply
poorly with standards.
The commission is to develop educational materials to warn
patients of the risks involved and plans to have every outfit
performing cosmetic surgery and procedures registered with
it by the end of the year.
Standards in the cosmetic treatment field must be as high as
in other areas of health care. Patients can be protected
safety by improving the training, regulation and information
The government has acted on the full set of
recommendations put forward in two reports published
respectively by the Healthcare Commission and the expert
group on the regulation of cosmetic surgery.
The recommendations fall into three groups: achieving higher
standards and tighter regulations for cosmetic treatments;
providing patients with more and better information;
developing education and training programmes for staff in
The commission fell short of creating a specialist register for
practitioners of cosmetic surgery and procedures due to
"existing EU arrangements". The European Commission
(EC), the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) and the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have extended their
confidentiality arrangements related to medicinal products
for human and veterinary use for five more years, following
the positive experience gained since the initial arrangements
were signed in September 2003.
The confidentiality arrangements allow the EC/EMEA and the
FDA to exchange information as part of their regulatory
processes. The types of information covered by the
arrangements include legal and regulatory issues, scientific
advice, orphan drug designation, inspection reports,
marketing authorization procedures and post-marketing
surveillance. However, the only staff equipped to carry out
cosmetic procedures are doctors and nurses, who are
already registered with their respective regulatory bodies, the
General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery
The new regulations will be of "premises not people". The
doctors and nurses are already registered by their
professional bodies, but by regulating premises the
Healthcare Commission has the opportunity to set standards.
The government also announced a further review of
aesthetic fillers, which may be synthetic or derive from
animals or human bodies (including corpses) raising
concerns about infection from variant CJD or HIV.
Cosmetic Treatments Self Regulation
Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) has been
asked by the Government to work on a self regulatory model
for cosmetic treatments which will include botulinum toxin
and dermal fillers.
The self regulatory model will be finalised in 2008 and will
- A set of Standards and a Code of Practice
- High level training course requirements
- Registration and inspection procedures
- Complaints procedures
Current regulations for cosmetic surgery
Invasive cosmetic surgery is currently regulated by the Care
Standards Act 2000. Responsibility of the Healthcare
Commission since April 2004.
Laser treatment Practitioners are required to register with the
Healthcare Commission. Regulated using Independent
Healthcare Standards P1-P3 of the Care Standards Act
Botulinum toxins injections. The prescription of botulinum
toxins is regulated and they should only be prescribed by a
doctor for a named patient. However, botulinum toxins are
not licensed for cosmetic use and are therefore only used for
this purpose on an off-licence basis.
Aesthetic fillers the injection of cosmetic fillers is not currently
regulated. The regulation of filler products is very unclear.
Some fillers are classified as drugs or medical devices and
therefore are regulated by the Medical Healthcare Products
Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Those which contain human
tissue are not classified as a medical device and are covered
under the General Product Safety Regulations 1994.
The Healthcare Commission's 'Provision of cosmetic surgery
in England' report can be found at
Facilities should be properly regulated and patients properly
informed before cosmetic procedures can be performed.
Cosmetic procedures are a rapidly growing area of private
healthcare. Many people spend their hard-earned money on
these services. Some are disappointed with the outcome but
a minority can suffer serious harm or disfigurement.
Standards in the cosmetic treatment field must be as high as
other areas of health care. Patients’ safety should be
properly protected by improving the training, regulation and
The relevant professional bodies have to develop specialist
training programmes as a matter of urgency for surgeons
undertaking cosmetic surgery. Detailed, accredited advice
and education materials will be made available for patients
and the public by the summer and we will also be working
with the Healthcare Commission (the main health regulator)
to bring additional cosmetic procedures such as aesthetic
fillers and Botox facitlities within their regulatory remit by the
end of the year.
The Department has also committed to ensure the facilities
where botulinum toxins are injected be licensed with the
Healthcare Commission and therefore subject to its
regulations. Ensure that all cosmetic surgeons and nurses
provide to potential and actual patients details of their
qualifications, registration, membership of professional
organisations and other medical training and education.
Ensure current legislation and regulation governing the use
of lasers - that every facility defined in the legislation should
be registered with the Healthcare Commission - is more
consistently enforced. That laser procedures are
overseen by a doctor and conducted by appropriately trained
and qualified practitioners.
Ensure that the General Medical Council improves the
recording and classification of data about complaints so that
comparisons can be made between different medical
specialties and procedures.
Review the need and scope for additional regulation of
aesthetic fillers and in particular any that contain human
tissue. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory
Agency will work with interested parties, including DTI, and
will take into account the likely emergence this year of
proposals from the European Commission for the regulation.
Policy guidelines for cosmetic surgery
A cosmetic surgeon must registered members of the General
Medical Council (GMC) and the British Association of
Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).
BAAPS members have six years of training in plastic and
reconstructive surgery as well as basic surgical training.
Surgeons must have a specialism or experience in the type
of procedure required.
NHS cosmetic surgeons often also work in private clinics. All
companies who provide cosmetic surgery must be registered
with the Healthcare Commission, and you should ask to
check the details of their annual registration and inspection
There are good opportunities for Malaysian private cosmetic
industry in the UK due to following factors:
a) The opportunity of Malaysia as a destination of choice.
b) Favourable exchange rates contributing further to the price
competitiveness. For example, a normal cardiac bypass
surgery (CABG) would cost in the region of USD6,000 -
c) Medical expertise in Malaysia ranks amongst the best in the
d) Internationally recognised quality standards. These include
the MS ISO9002 and/or accreditation by the Malaysian
Medical Society for Quality of Heath (MSQH). All private
medical centres must be approved and licensed by the
Ministry of Health.
e) Malaysia has an availability as one stop centre catering for
the foreign customer need which covers flights, transfers,
accommodation, consultations, surgery, aftercare, post-
surgery checkups, surgical garments and medication.
f) English is widely spoken and understood that encourage
more people coming to Malaysia.
g) Medical specialists from Malaysia are highly qualified
professional, many with qualifications from overseas and
supported by well-trained para-medical staff
h) Malaysia has been at the forefront of this growth in medical
tourism since there are an increasing number of UK patients
choose Malaysia as a destination throughout Asia for their
i) Tour operating companies in Malaysia are offering holiday
packages for tourists to undergo cosmetic surgery.
j) Launching of Air Asia may also helps encourage people
coming to Malaysia to undergo cosmetic surgery.
k) Although the economic slowdown, NHS still in mess, poor
performance and long delay, the number of UK customers
undergo plastic surgery have increased dramatically thus
Malaysian private cosmetic service providers have huge
However, some of the weaknesses highlighted regarding treatment
abroad in UK involved:
a) As a result of the credit crunch and current economic slowdown in
the UK, travelling overseas for cosmetic surgery is no longer
financially viable, when compared to the cost of having the
procedures performed at home.
b) In recent years, a growing number of patients seeking cosmetic
surgery have visited other countries to find doctors with lower costs.
These medical tourists seek to get their procedures done for a cost
savings in countries including Cuba, Thailand, Argentina, India,
Malaysia and some areas of Eastern Europe.
c) Patients are being warned of the dangers of taking "cosmetic
surgery holidays" by UK doctors. The British Association of
Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons says increasing numbers are choosing
to travel to East Europe or Africa for cheap.
d) Procedures can often be hundreds of pounds cheaper than in the
UK. But UK experts warn patients usually know very little about the
surgeons or clinics - and can need corrective surgery when they
6.0 USEFUL ADDRESS AND CONTACTS
(a) BUPA House,
15 - 19 Bloomsbury Way
Telephone : 020 7656 2474 Fax: 070 9230 6588
(b) British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE
Advice Line Tel: 020 7405 2234
Fax: 020 7242 4922
(c) The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
The Royal College of Surgeons 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE
Tel: 020 7405 2234
(d) General Medical Centre
Regent’s Place, 350 Euston Road, London NW1 3JN
(e) The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic
The Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE
Telephone: 020 7831 5161
Fax: 020 7831 4041
(f) British Medical Association
London WC1H 9JP
Telephone: 020 7387 4499
Fax: 020 7383 6400
(g) Harley Medical Group
11 Queen Anne St
London, W1G 9LJ
Telephone: 020 76315494
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20 – 22 March 2009
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The Brentwood Centre
13-14 September 2009
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25 – 26 October 2009
8.0 LIST OF UK PRIVATE HOSPITALS FOR COSMETIC
Name Alexandra Private Hospital
Address Basil Close
Postcode S41 7NF
Tel 01246 558 387
Tel:0 20 7483 5148
Fax +44 (0)20 7586 1960
King Edward VII's Hospital Sister Agnes
Address Beaumont Street
Postcode W1G 6AA
Tel +44 020 7486 4411
Fax +44 020 7486 4312
Spire Thames Valley Hospital
Address Wexham Street
Postcode SL3 6NH
Tel: 01753 662 241
The Gilmore Groin & Hernia Clinic
Address 108 Harley St
London , W1G 7ET
Tel 020 7563 1234
Fax :020 7563 1212
City of London Medical Centre
The City of London Medical Centre
Tel 0800 028 2278
Fax 0207 702 2712
Euxton Hall Hospital
Wigan Road, Euxton
Tel 01257 276261
Fax 01257 261882
53 Parkside, Wimbledon
Tel 020 8971 8000
Fax 020 8971 8001
London Bridge Hospital
Address 27 Tooley Street
Postcode SE1 2PR
Tel 0845 602 7906
Fax 020 7407 3162
Nuffield Health The Manor Hospital, Oxford
Address Beech Road, Headington
Postcode OX3 7RP
Tel 01865 307777
Fax 01865 307788
9.0 LIST OF UK MEDICAL TOUR OPERATORS
Anemone Travel & Holidays Ltd
London N22 8NE
Tel: 0208889 9207
Fax: 020 8 889 1127
Avian Travel International Ltd
18 Business Units, Rudolf Place Miles St
London SW8 1RP
Tel: 020 7 793 8900
Fax: 020 7 582 4804
Europa Skylines Ltd
63, Theberton St
London N1 0QY
Tel: 020 7 226 4460
Fax: 020 7 2267906
Office 3113,Skillion House,49 Greenwich
London SE10 8JL
Tel: 020 83110100
Fax: 020 8 691 1717
10, Sybil Phoenix Close
London SE8 5BA
Tel: 0207232 2602
Fax: 020 7 2322602
Excess Baggage Plc
168, Earls Court Rd
London SW5 9QQ
Tel: 020 7 373 4988
Fax: 020 7 373 1977
Excess International Movers
Unit 17, Commercial Way,Abbey Rd
London NW10 7XF
Tel: 0800 7831085
Fax: 020 8 961 2040
50 High Rd East Finchley
London N2 9PJ
Tel: 020 8 444 7268
Fax: 020 8 444 2316
Corporate Wings Travel Club of Great Britain Ltd
2 14-15 Harbour Yard Chelsea Harbour
London SW10 0XD
Tel: 020 7 352 6728
Fax: 020 7 352 0886
9, Commercial Way Abbey Rd Industrial Park
London NW10 7XF
Tel: 0208838 1001
Fax: 020 8 961 2040