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The top cosmetic treatments of 2016

For many of us, looking back is a natural way to start a new year. Whether it’s to motivate ourselves to make improvements in our lives or to review our successes in the year just gone.

Here at The McIndoe Centre, we’re no different and we’ve been reflecting on the events of 2016.  Whilst we can’t look back to the first ever cosmetic surgery (performed around 800 BC), we can tell you some of the treatments we saw grow in popularity during 2016.

Breast Augmentation

Breast enlargement or augmentation remains the number one cosmetic procedure in the UK. Whether women are looking for a fuller cup size or to restore their post-pregnancy body, breast augmentation can provide a boost in self-esteem and confidence, helping women feel like themselves again. 2016 has seen a rise in women looking for natural looking, subtle breast enhancement.

The facts:

- Around 10,000 women undergo breast augmentation surgery a year.

- The procedure takes between 60 and 90 minutes and around six weeks to heal.

- The results of breast enlargement won’t last a lifetime, breast implants usually need to be replaced or removed after around ten years.


Otherwise known as the “tummy tuck”, abdominoplasty is ideal for women struggling to lose the last of their pregnancy belly or for anyone with loose skin following extreme weight loss. This procedure has become increasingly popular with men and women.

The facts:

- Around 3,000 people have a tummy tuck per year. The majority of these are women.

- The operation can take between two and five hours and has an average recovery time of six weeks.


Anti-aging is a common reason for undergoing a cosmetic procedure and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery or eye bag removal) is no exception. As we age, gravity pulls the delicate skin around our eyes down, causing drooping eyelids and eye bags. Blepharoplasties tighten up this skin for a youthful look and brighter eyes!

The facts:

- Believe it or not, eyelid and eye bag surgery is the second most popular cosmetic treatment in the UK, with around 9,000 people undergoing the procedure.

- The treatment can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic.

- A full blepharoplasty takes between one and two hours but this will be shorter if only eyelids or only eye bags are being treated.


Unfortunately, most of us fall victim to the wrinkles, crow’s feet and loss of skin’s elasticity that comes with aging. For this reason, facelifts have become a go-to solution for tightening up skin and restoring some of that youthful glow. This sought after treatment has helped men and women feel refreshed, rejuvenated and comfortable in their own skin.

The facts:

- As the UK’s third most popular cosmetic procedure, around 8,000 people have a facelift per year. 

- Most facelift patients are between 40 and 60 years old. 

- The operation lasts around two or three hours and recovery time is usually around four weeks.


More commonly called a nose job, this treatment is designed to improve the appearance of the nose. Whether patients have sustained an injury, or are just unhappy with the shape of their nose, this treatment’s popularity is reflected in the fact that it is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries all over the world.

The facts:

- Around 4,000 men and women undergo nose reshaping surgery per year.

- The procedure tends to last for an hour and a half to three hours. Full recovery can take up to six months.

Lip Fillers

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic treatment that has become increasingly popular in the past year, especially with younger women. The procedure simply consists of a local anaesthetic before injecting the filler into the lip.

The facts:

- The procedure only lasts around 30 minutes and healing takes between six and ten days.

- The effects last around four to six months, but it depends on the type of filler used; some can last for up to a year.

If you’re seeking rejuvenation and a boost in self-confidence, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the friendly, professional McIndoe team who will be more than happy to help. 

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