How recession has led to a lift in plastic surgery
43,069 procedures last year, up 6 per cent on 2010Men demanding more tummy tucks and 'moob' jobs
A dramatic increase in the number of men seeking tummy tucks and breast-reduction operations is fuelling a boom in the plastic surgery industry.
While the recession may have hit many industries hard, there has been a rise in the number of people opting to go under the knife to improve their appearance.
Figures show there were 43,069 surgical procedures carried out last year, up almost 6 per cent on 2010.
Facelift: Demand for all types of plastic surgery has increased over the past 12 months
And the biggest increase was in men having abdominoplasty – tummy tucks – with 124 operations carried out last year, a rise of 15 per cent.
This compared with a 7 per cent jump in women having their tummy tightened, up from 3,039 to 3,251 last year.
More men also appeared eager to do away with ‘man-boobs’, known as ‘moobs’, by opting to have male breast reduction surgery.
These procedures rose by 7 per cent from 741 to 790, while male liposuction went up by 8 per cent to 511 operations last year.
The figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons also revealed that demand for all types of plastic surgery has increased over the past 12 months.
Overall, women had 90 per cent of cosmetic procedures, with 38,771 operations carried out last year, an increase of 5.8 per cent from 34,413 in 2010.
The figures also revealed more men than ever are opting to go under the knife, with all procedures rising from 4,017 in 2010 to 4,298 last year.
Among women, breast augmentation operations were the most popular type of cosmetic surgery, with 10,003 performed last year, a rise of 6.2 per cent from 9,418 in 2010.
This is despite the global health scare involving implants made using substandard silicone, which was first raised in March 2010.
Around 40,000 British women have received the PIP implants, manufactured by the now-closed French company Poly Implant Prostheses.
The implants were found to be filled with non-medical grade silicone intended for use in mattresses.
Fazel Fatah, president of the BAAPS, said: ‘It is understandable that procedures for the more noticeable areas of the face and body, such as breast augmentation, rhinoplasty (nose jobs) and eyelid surgery, continue to prove popular when patients are looking to get the most “impact” to enhance their wellbeing and self-confidence.
‘It is also not surprising to note a considerable rise in treatments such as tummy tucks when there has been a rise in obesity treatment such as gastric bands.
‘These patients are usually left with loose skin that causes physical problems and unsightly body contours which can only be addressed by surgery.’
Surgeon Rajiv Grover, BAAPS president-elect, said: ‘The popularity of aesthetic plastic surgery even through financially difficult times demonstrates that the public sees real value in the psychological and physical improvement achieved.
‘Advances in techniques have also meant that it’s harder to tell if someone has undergone a procedure.’