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Cosmetic surgery: Do your research

There has been a rise in the popularity of plastic surgery in the UK, according to figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps).

The number of nose jobs, face lifts and breast implant operations all increased by more than 10% last year.

The biggest boom was in the popularity of liposuction, which went up by 41%.

Baaps said it was “the most impressive rise in demand” since the start of the recession in 2008.

There were 50,122 cosmetic procedures in 2013, a rise of 17% on the previous year.

Baaps said the increase had been “across the board”.

Frankie (who did not want to give her real name), 27, had nose surgery nine months ago to “feel a bit more comfortable” in her skin.

“I would feel a bit disheartened when I’d see photos and I’d see this massive crook,” she said.

“It was something that I couldn’t really change through make-up or going to the gym so I decided to take the plunge and do something about it.”

She says she believes it’s a good thing that plastic surgery is becoming more common place.

“I think people realise that it’s not just glamour models that are going for double F breast procedures to look a certain way,” she said.

“It’s on the same list as going to the gym and getting your hair done these days, it really isn’t that much of a taboo.

“For me it was the equivalent of straightening your teeth.”

However, Frankie does think that people should be realistic about what plastic surgery can offer them.

She added: “I think it can be a really good thing if the motivations are right and the reasons as to why you’re doing it are right… and that you realise that it’s not going to dramatically change your life and make you get that job or that man or what it is that you’re upset about in the first place.”

Frankie says she did a lot of research in preparation, saw three surgeons and saved up before having her treatment.

She says she wanted someone who was highly trained and had various consultations with surgeons.

“It’s so important to do your research,” she said.

“It’s a huge investment physically, psychologically and financially and I think people need to be 100% certain before they do it.”

Source: BBC