Breast surgery on the rise despite recession

26 January 2009

As the UK dips into recession, some cosmetic surgery choices are bucking the trend and remaining popular. New research from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has found that the number of breast enhancement surgeries in Britain has increased by 30 per cent in the past year.In 2008, more than 34,000 cosmetic surgery procedures were performed - showing that many are still willing to pay for the surgery despite the current credit crunch. The numbers show that compared to the same time in 2007, there was a 5 per cent increase in the number of cosmetic surgeries carried out overall. The 2008 numbers are also more than triple the 2003 figure. The BAAPS have said that the new figures show that cosmetic surgery is moving out of the realm of the rich and famous, and into mainstream life. Nigel Mercer, president of BAAPS, told Sky News: "These figures indicate that, despite the beginnings of a financial downturn last year, the public's interest in aesthetic surgery remained strong, especially in regards to specific procedures." In addition to breast surgery, the number of men who took to the clinic for cosmetic procedures increased as well. There was a 44 per cent rise in the number of men who chose to have a breast reduction and chest surgery to repair their so-called "moobs." Overall, the top five procedures carried out by women included eyelid surgery, face and neck lifts, breast reduction and tummy tucks. For men, nose jobs, ear pinning and brow lifts also became increasingly popular in the past year. However, both liposuction and eyelid surgeries have fallen in numbers, probably due to an increasing amount of non-surgical solutions that are now available.