Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of women having facelifts dropped by 44% in 2017

Women are shunning facial cosmetic surgery in favour of flattering photo filters, plastic surgeons have claimed.

Research from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons( BAAPS) suggests filter tools on social media apps signify many people “no longer determine the need” for facial procedures.

However, data for 2017 presented procedures for the body increased, for areas that “filters cannot reach”.

For men it was the opposite – there was a preference for facial treatment.

The annual statistics from BAAPS received there used to be 28,315 cosmetic surgical procedures in 2017 – a fall of nearly 8% compared against the previous year.