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Demand for cosmetic surgery continues to rise

Demand for cosmetic surgery continues to rise Biggest rise in male tummy tucks

Despite the economic downturn, the number of people opting to have cosmetic surgery rose by 6% last year, new figures reveal.

In 2011, a total of 43,069 people in the UK went under the knife, according to statistics released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

Overall, the number of cosmetic surgery procedures last year increased by 5.8%, similar to rises in 2009 and 2010.

The biggest increase in demand of all cosmetic surgery techniques was for male tummy tucks, up 15% from 2010.

For the first time, the annual audit included fat transfer procedures, where fat is taken from one part of the body and injected elsewhere, mainly into the face to restore volume. 

Ninety per cent of all cosmetic surgery procedures performed by BAAPS members were on women, the most popular being breast enlargement, followed by face and neck lifts, breast reduction, nose alterations (rhinoplasty) and tummy tucks (abdominoplasty).

Breast augmentation was the most common cosmetic surgery procedure performed. Last year, some 10,003 ops were carried out, compared with 9,418 in 2010, a rise of 6.2%.

Gynaecomastia, or breast reduction surgery, was the second most common procedure for men, with a 7% rise in the last year, from 741 to 790. Rhinoplasty or "nose jobs" remained the most common procedure among men.

The number of tummy tucks performed also rose in both sexes, with a rise of 7% from 3,039 to 3,251 procedures in women, and a jump of 15% in men, from 108 to 124.

Fat transfer procedures went up 5% for both sexes, from 2,430 procedures to 2,551.

Fazel Fatah, consultant plastic surgeon and president of 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’ from their surgery to enhance their mental well being and self-confidence.

"It is also not surprising to note a considerable rise in treatments such as tummy tucks and liposuction when there has been an increase in people undergoing obesity treatment such as gastric bands. These patients are usually left with a lot of loose skin that causes physical problems and unsightly body contour which can only be addressed by surgery."

This article was published on Mon 30 January 2012

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