Brexit, the acronym for Britain leaving the European Union, is being blamed for economic and other problems, but plastic surgeons have attributed a major drop in people going under the knife for aesthetic reasons to last year’s referendum vote. All cosmetic surgeries showed a drop during 2016, attributed to what the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAPS) described as “a climate of global unrest” and “bad news overload”. The association cited recent research to explain that the Brexit vote had led people to engage less in activities that require trust or certainty. BAPS said the number of cosmetic operations last year dropped 40 percent after reaching record-breaking heights in 2015. For the first time in almost a decade of relatively consistent growth, cosmetic surgical procedure totals for women and men combined dipped below 31,000.Nearly 50 percent fewer men underwent surgery in 2016 compared to 2015, while women's cosmetic surgery dropped 39 percent.