05 May 2009The number of men seeking cosmetic surgery is on the up, according to new statistics from the Harley Medical Group. In the last 12 months, the number of males choosing to undergo a male plastic surgery procedure has increased by 26 per cent. The survey of over 15,000 patients also revealed that the groups most likely to go under the knife include city workers, civil servants and men who work in politics, law and accountancy.Riccardo Frati, a surgeon at the Harley Medical Group, said: "The bad diets, punishing hours and stress that often go hand in hand with these types of professions make men prime candidates for premature ageing." "We're not surprised to see a trend emerge for professions most likely to opt for surgery as the side-effects of a punishing job can cause the loss of skin elasticity and encourage build-up of stubborn fat in key areas."Male chest reduction was among the most popular procedures, seeing a 61 per cent increase over the year. However, jowl removal procedures saw the biggest jump, with a 96 per cent boost in popularity compared to 12 months ago. Conversely, demand for blepharoplasty, or eye bag removal, dropped 16 per cent over the period. The figures from the Harley Medical Group echo those released by the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) in April. BAAPS' data showed that demand for male cosmetic surgery rose by almost 300 per cent across the country over the last year. In terms of individual procedures, male chest reductions saw a 44 per cent increase and brow lifts were up by 60 per cent.