04 January 2010More British women are turning to skin peels as an affordable cosmetic surgery treatment in the recession. The Press Association reports that skin peels are now more popular than face lifts among patients looking to hold back the years, with the number of chemical peel treatments tripling in 2009 compared to the previous year.The Harley Medical Group's Obagi Blue Peel has been dubbed the Recession's Facelift by clinical staff, for offering a more affordable alternative to some cosmetic surgery treatments. The skin peel helps patients to get rid of acne scars, blemishes, sun damage, uneven pigmentation and wrinkles.Breast augmentation is still the most popular plastic surgery treatment, and is especially popular with new mothers looking to regain their figure following birth. Mothers accounted for 75 per cent of breast uplift patients and 90 per cent of those choosing tummy tucks. 2009 also saw a rise in men's cosmetic surgery, with men now accounting for 18 per cent of all patients. According to the Harley Medical Group's director Liz Dale, growth in men's surgery was driven by treatments such as Botox and the anti-sweat alternative, Sweatox. Ms Dale explained: "Non-surgical procedures, which saw big growth last year, have continued to be a strong area for us and now account for 32 per cent of all our business. "The surgical side of the business is also continuing to grow. While breast augmentations remain the most popular surgical procedure, rhinoplasties (nose operations) are closing the gap in second."