The Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Among Women

Breast correction and plastic surgery

By Ella Woodward

Cosmetic surgery procedures are becoming more common and accessible. What was once considered a luxury for the rich and famous, plastic surgery is now routinely performed on people from all walks of life. Whether you’re considering going under the knife yourself, or you’re thinking of training to become a cosmetic surgeon, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the changes in the industry. We’ve compiled some of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures carried on women.

Breast augmentation

Commonly referred to as a ‘boob job’, breast augmentation is the surgical enlargement of breasts. It can also refer to surgery that helps realign asymmetrical breasts or corrects uneven proportions. Breast enlargement might be performed on women who feel that their breasts are too small, women who have perhaps lost volume in their chest after weight loss or pregnancy, or women who have lost one or both breasts due to cancer. It involves the placement of a silicone or saline implant under the breast tissue, usually via an incision in the armpit or around the nipple.


Liposuction – often referred to as ‘lipo’ for short – is the surgical removal of fat from the body. Lipo is usually carried out for cosmetic reasons, though it can sometimes be sued as a medical treatment for conditions such as lipoedema, which causes an abnormal build up fat in the legs and buttocks. Although mostly performed on the abdomen, things, buttocks, upper arms, and hips, lipo can be carried out almost anywhere on the body. There is a lot of controversy around liposuction and concerns of people using it as a quick-fix solution to weight loss. Generally speaking, most reputable cosmetic surgeons will not perform lipo on individuals who are dangerously overweight. It tends to be used on people with stubborn areas of fat that diet and exercise has failed to remove.

Tummy tuck

A tummy tuck – or abdominoplasty – aims to improve the shape of the waist and stomach area. This procedure is commonly sought by women who want to get rid of stubborn loose skin on the stomach, for instance caused by pregnancy or significant weight loss. A tummy tuck is a major surgical operation that’s usually performed under general anaesthetic and requires a recovery period of around four to six weeks. Tummy tucks are often accompanied by liposuction – an incision is made across the lower abdomen, the excess fat and skin removed, and the remaining skin stitched back in place. As a result, a tummy tuck is one of the most complex and risky cosmetic procedures. This means it’s vital that surgeons have adequate indemnity insurance to cover all eventualities. As medical indemnity insurance can be complicated it’s worth getting as much information as you can to choose the correct plan.


Nose reshaping can take many forms and isn’t necessarily carried out for cosmetic purposes. A septoplasty, for instance, is carried out to correct a deviated – asymmetrical – septum and while this can often result in a more symmetrical appearance, it’s often performed to alleviate the breathing issues and nasal congestion associated with the condition. Rhinoplasty can be performed to straighten a crooked nose, smooth any bumps on the bridge, reshape the tip, narrow the nostrils, and more.

Breast reduction

Many women suffer from conditions as a result of having large breasts, such as poor posture, breast pain, and back ache. Having a breast reduction is an option for problematic breasts that cause pain or discomfort. A breast reduction is a major operation that removes the excess tissue, moving the nipple to a new position, and reshaping the remaining breast. Whilst this procedure is sometimes done for medical reasons – in the UK, it is offered free on the NHS to eligible patients – there are lots of women who consider a breast reduction for aesthetic purposes.


These are among the most popular plastic surgeries among women. However, with new medical technologies emerging all the time, it’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for cosmetic surgery.

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