Anti-ageing surgery booms in recession

Britons want extra fat into, rather than out of, their bodies, claims new research, which found that anti-ageing procedures have overtaken their body-shaping equivalents in popularity. Fewer tummy tucks, liposuction and 'man boob' removal operations were carried out in 2012 than a year earlier, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).But 14 per cent more face and neck-lifting operations were carried out, while the number of eyelid surgery and fat transfer procedures both rose by 13 per cent. "The growth rates for surgical face-lifting and other anti-ageing procedures showed a double digit rise, despite a double dip recession," said Dr Rajiv Grover, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). "Perhaps because of turbulent financial times, patients are looking for tried-and-tested procedures that deliver a reliable, long-lasting result and which have a proven safety record," Dr Grover added. Overall, 0.2 per cent more procedures were carried out in 2012 than in the previous year, but there has been no change in the list of those which are the most popular.