Irish people search for information about breast implants more than any other type of cosmetic surgery procedure, according to new research.
According to a new report, by private healthcare search engine, WhatClinic.com last year, almost 10,000 people looked up clinics that carry out the procedure in Ireland.
Enquiries for breast lifts have also more than tripled in the past 12 months, according to the report. This is despite the fact that the average cost of the procedure is said to cost over €4,000 and requires up to two weeks of downtime, prior to getting the procedure done.
The figures also revealed that almost 2,000 men looked up male breast reduction procedures.
The next most searched-for types of plastic surgery were ear re-shaping, nose jobs, tummy tucks and liposuction.
Tummy tucks were revealed to be the fastest growing cosmetic procedure in Ireland last year, while brow lifts, eyelid surgery and breast lifts are set to be big trends in 2015, according to the survey.
“The cosmetic surgery market in Ireland is growing at a phenomenal rate,” said Emily Ross, director of WhatClinic.com. “However, it’s important to remember that surgery is not a magic wand.”
“No surgery should be taken lightly, especially when so many benefits can be achieved through corrective diet and exercise,” she said.
“It is crucial that patients have access to information about the credentials and qualifications of their chosen practitioner. Anyone considering going under the knife should ensure their practitioner is qualified, experienced and totally up front about the risks involved.”
“Don’t rush your decision, and don’t be afraid to ask about qualifications and insurance cover,” she added.