Cosmetic surgery booms despite financial gloom

The cosmetic surgery industry has continued to grow during the first half of 2009, according to new research. According to a report in the Telegraph, demand for procedures including Botox, dermal fillers, facelifts and nose jobs have all increased in recent months, despite seeing a slight decline in sales during the beginning of 2009.Michael May, a cosmetic surgeon in London, told the newspaper: "I was apprehensive in January. The diary was quite empty... but a few months on and the spread-sheets are looking surprisingly good." Another recent report echoes these findings and has noted that cosmetic surgeries across the UK have risen 75 per cent since January. Patients are requesting breast enlargement surgeries in higher numbers in particular. One expert has noted that the stable cosmetic surgery industry could be due to the fact that those who are job hunting want to look their best, and are hoping for a boost in confidence. Dorothy Rowe, a clinical psychologist, noted: "Our future and our pensions are not looking as good as they once were and that is making people turn inwards on themselves and think: 'I have to get myself physically in order to cope with this'." One clinic notes that inexpensive non-surgical procedures in particular have seen a boost in patients hoping for a quick-fix to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. In addition, many clinics have noted that it's not only women seeking cosmetic surgery for a confidence boost. The number of businessmen seeking small cosmetic surgeries in order to continue looking confident has also increased.