The Rise of Cosmetic Surgery During Lockdown

Forget home fitness workouts and banana bread baking; cosmetic surgery seems to be the latest lockdown trend amongst Brits, with surgeons reporting a 55 per cent rise in the number of Brits using working from home time and festive lockdowns to go under the knife for a range of ‘secret surgery’ operations.


Our data sees a month-on-month increase in the number of operations since June, despite the UK’s second lock-down, compared to the monthly average between January and March.


Specialists at Pall Mall Cosmetics have seen the largest increase in the number of breast reductions and have recorded a staggering 520 per cent increase in the number of women looking to downsize their breasts.


Data from Pall Mall Cosmetics reveals the Top 5 Secret Surgery procedures as:


Breast reductions (520% increase)

Breast augmentation (110% increase)

Removal of gynaecomastia – excess glandular breast tissue in males (115%)

Liposuction (100% increase)

Tummy tucks procedures (40% increase)


Mr Ramachandran Prasad, our General Breast Surgeon said: “Cosmetic procedures such as breast reductions and tummy tucks normally have a recovery time of around four to six weeks and people tend to take time off work to recover or can’t hide their recovery from others.


“It seems to be no coincidence that the sharp increase in major procedures mirrors the dates since people have been advised to work from home and avoid meeting socially, away from the knowing eye of colleagues and friends, following the pandemic.


“We’re finding that whilst people are working from home, we’re seeing patients lean more towards traditional surgery to achieve the appearance they’ve always wanted and away from non-surgical tweaks, such as Botox and fillers, as was the case pre-lockdown.


“At Pall Mall Cosmetics we have seen the highest increase in the number of breast related procedures with people looking for smaller breasts and breast augmentation with an uplift.


“The biggest rise in male surgery has been gynaecomastia surgery, with a 115 per cent increase in the number of men looking to remove excess glandular breast tissue.


“In most cases, gynecomastia resolves over time without treatment. However, if gynecomastia is caused by an underlying condition, such as hypogonadism, malnutrition or cirrhosis, the condition may need treatment.”


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