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The Top 6 Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures: Techniques and Popularity Explained

The Top 6 Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures: Techniques and Popularity Explained

Plastic surgery has become increasingly popular over the years, with advancements in technology and techniques making it safer and more effective.

People opt for plastic surgery for various reasons, including enhancing physical appearance, correcting deformities, and boosting self-esteem.

Here, we explore the top six most popular plastic surgery procedures, discussing why they are in demand and the techniques used.

People opt for plastic surgery for various reasons, including enhancing physical appearance, correcting deformities, and boosting self-esteem.

1. Breast Augmentation

Why It’s Popular:

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, remains one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures. It is popular because many individuals desire to enhance the size and shape of their breasts for aesthetic reasons or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy.

Techniques Used:

    • Implants: The most common method involves inserting silicone or saline implants either under the breast tissue or the chest muscles.
    • Fat Transfer: An alternative method uses liposuction to take fat from other parts of the body and inject it into the breasts, offering a more natural option.
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Many women choose to have a breast enlargement to boost body confidence and so they feel comfortable with the size and shape of their breasts.

2. Liposuction

Why It’s Popular:

Liposuction is favoured for its ability to remove stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. It helps contour and reshape specific areas of the body, enhancing overall body proportions.

Techniques Used:

    • Tumescent Liposuction: The most common technique, where a sterile solution is injected into the target area to reduce blood loss and ease fat removal.
    • Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL): Uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy fat, making it easier to suction out.
    • Laser-Assisted Liposuction (LAL): Employs laser energy to melt fat for easier removal.
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This procedure is an effective technique to reduce disproportionate areas of fat accumulation thereby helping to re-contour the body.


3. Rhinoplasty

Why It’s Popular:

Rhinoplasty, or a “nose job,” is highly popular for both cosmetic and functional reasons. People seek rhinoplasty to enhance the shape and size of their nose, correct breathing issues, or repair deformities from injury.

Techniques Used:

    • Open Rhinoplasty: Involves making an incision across the columella (the tissue between the nostrils) to access the nasal structures.
    • Closed Rhinoplasty: All incisions are made inside the nostrils, reducing visible scarring.
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Nose reshaping surgery is individually tailored for each case in order to address the specific features to be corrected for each patient.

4. Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Why It’s Popular:

A facelift is popular among those looking to reduce signs of ageing. It effectively addresses sagging skin, deep creases, and loss of muscle tone in the face and neck, providing a more youthful appearance.

Techniques Used:

    • Traditional Facelift: Involves incisions around the hairline and ears to remove excess skin and tighten underlying tissues.
    • Mini-Facelift: A less invasive version with smaller incisions, targeting specific areas of the face.
    • Non-Surgical Facelift: Utilises techniques such as Ultherapy or thread lifts to lift and tighten the skin without surgery.
Facelift before and after

Facelift surgery is an operation designed to rejuvenate the face and neck. This will result in a tighter, smoother and more youthful appearance.

5. Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Why It’s Popular:

Blepharoplasty is sought after to improve the appearance of the eyelids. It can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below the eyes, which can make one look older or more tired.

Techniques Used:

    • Upper Eyelid Surgery: Removes excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids.
    • Lower Eyelid Surgery: Addresses bags and wrinkles under the eyes by removing or repositioning fat and skin.
    • Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty: A technique for the lower eyelids where the incision is made inside the eyelid, leaving no visible scars.
Blepharoplasty before and after

Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, is a procedure aimed at rejuvenating the upper or lower, or both, eyelids.

6. Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Why It’s Popular:

Abdominoplasty is popular among individuals who want to achieve a firmer and flatter abdomen. It is especially sought after by those who have experienced significant weight loss or pregnancy, which can leave excess skin and weakened abdominal muscles.

Techniques Used:

    • Full Tummy Tuck: Involves an incision from hip to hip, removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles.
    • Mini Tummy Tuck: A less extensive version that targets the area below the navel.
    • Extended Tummy Tuck: Includes additional incisions to remove excess skin from the flanks or lower back.
Tummy Tuck before and after

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the tummy wall, especially after weight loss or pregnancy.

The popularity of these plastic surgery procedures is driven by the desire for improved aesthetics and self-confidence, as well as advancements in surgical techniques that offer safer and more natural-looking results.

Whether for cosmetic enhancement or corrective purposes, these plastic surgery procedures continue to evolve, providing individuals with more options to achieve their desired outcomes.

If you’re considering plastic surgery, it’s essential to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon (such as Mr Fitton) to discuss your goals and find the best approach tailored to your needs.

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For a no-obligation quote, tailored specifically to you, please book in for your consultation with Mr Fitton. Your requirements will be discussed in full confidence in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Following your consultation, the price you are quoted includes everything and there are no extra or hidden costs. Advice, treatment and aftercare are all part of our package to ensure your experience is positive from beginning to end.


Managing your expectations about plastic surgery is important regardless of which procedure you wish to have done. It’s critical to have realistic expectations about plastic surgery and to also ensure you are on the same page as your surgeon.

To find out more about having a treatment, book your no-obligation consultation. You will meet with Antony Fitton and receive expert advice tailored to your needs.

Please call us on 07494 250277 or book your consultation using our online form.

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About your Plastic Surgeon: Mr Antony Fitton

MB, BS(hons)., MD., FRCS(eng)., FRCS(plast).

Mr Antony Fitton qualified at the Royal London Hospital in 1989 with distinction in Surgery. He holds an MB, BS(Hons)., MD., FRCS(eng). and FRCS(plast). (Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons).

He is a member of BAPRAS (British Association for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons), BAAPS (British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), and BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand).

Mr Fitton has received the Paton & Masser Award and the CM Matthews Award from the Royal College of Surgeons of England for his research in nerve injury.

Mr Fitton is licensed as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon by the GMC.
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