13 October 2008

Britain's rising obesity rates have caused a jump in the number of tummy tucks carried out in the UK, according to new research.

The study, released by the Harley Medical Group, shows that the number of tummy tucks carried out on both men and women have risen by almost one third since 2003.

The majority of patients seeking the operation are said to be people whose post-dieting bodies have left large amounts of excess skin.

Senior surgeon, Waqar Malik, stated that 21 per cent of men and 22 per cent of women are designated clinically obese in Britain, figures which could rise to a quarter of all adults by 2010.

As a result, tummy tucks could overtake breast enlargement as the country's most sought after cosmetic surgery procedure.

Lisa Littlehales, head nurse at the Harley Medical Group, commented: "It is heartbreaking to see patients who have achieved so much to lose dramatic amounts of weight so embarrassed by their post weight loss bodies.

"Surgery is able to transform both their bodies which have been so vastly overstretched and in the process restore confidence."

As well as the rising number of tummy tucks, the study also found that demand for male breast reduction has increased by a quarter since 2003, while 18 per cent more women have asked for breast uplifts during the same period.

Male breast reduction involves removing excess fat from the chest area through liposuction, and helps to eradicate "moobs" (man boobs).

According to the British Association of Plastic Surgeons, there was a 61 per cent increase in the number of men undergoing liposuction to flatten their stomachs, making the procedure the second most popular performed on males after rhinoplasty.