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6% increase in cosmetic surgery

The number of people going under the knife for cosmetic surgery rose 6% between 2010 and 2011, new figures show.

Data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) revealed all types of procedure remaining popular, with no declines in any area.

Tummy tucks were on the rise in both sexes, with a 7% increase in women (3,039 to 3,251) and a 15% rise in men (108 to 124).

Boob jobs remained the most popular procedure, with a 6.2% rise in the last year from 9,418 to 10,003.

Operations to reduce the size of male breast tissue, which is sometimes called "moobs", rose 7% from 741 to 790. Meanwhile, male liposuction jumped 8% from 473 operations to 511. Fat transfer procedures - where fat is moved from one part of the body to another, most often the face to plump it up - rose 5% among both sexes, from 2,430 procedures to 2,551.

In 2011, there were 43,069 cosmetic operations overall, up from 38,274 in 2010.

The total number of operations on women rose 5.8%, while those for men rose by 5.6%. Male surgery accounts for 10% of all cosmetic surgery procedures.

The figures were being compiled as the scandal involving PIP implants took hold across the UK. Around 40,000 British women have received PIP implants which were filled with non-medical grade silicone intended for use in mattresses.

Fazel Fatah, president of BAAPS, said of the figures: "It is understandable that procedures for the more noticeable areas of the face and body - such as breast augmentation, rhinoplasty (nose jobs) and eyelid surgery - continue to prove popular when patients are looking to get the most 'impact' from their surgery to enhance their mental well being and self-confidence.

"It is also not surprising to note a considerable rise in treatments such as tummy tucks and liposuction when there has been an increase in people undergoing obesity treatment such as gastric bands. These patients are usually left with a lot of loose skin that causes physical problems and unsightly body contour which can only be addressed by surgery."


From Belfast Telegraph