Paul Banwell, a BAAPS spokesperson and surgeon at his practice Banwell Clinic in East Grinstead, said: ”About half of the patients I see in my practice want the operation for function, due to discomfort and problems with exercise, cycling and riding. The other 50 per cent want it purely for aesthetic reasons and to boost their self-confidence.’
He added: ‘I think these statistics reflect general trends in cosmetic surgery. In particular, they reflect a trend in my own practice. I have seen an even higher increase – one of more than 200 per cent in last 12 months.
Is it possible that there’s been a sudden doubling of women seeking this surgery “for function”, or have women discovered a way to get free cosmetic surgery? Is it possible that you and I will be paying for this next year? Count on it: to deny them would be gross sexism.