Facelifts and chemical peels swap
Britons turned to chemical peels instead of facelifts during the recession last year, the UK's largest cosmetic surgery provider has said.
The Harley Medical Group said its Obagi Blue Peel was dubbed the Recessionista's Facelift by clinic staff as the number of chemical peel treatments, which start from £95, tripled last year compared with 2008.
But breast operations, which cost from £4,275, remained the most popular surgical treatment, with mothers making up 60% of patients, the group said.
Post-baby surgery accounted for 90% of tummy tuck operations and 75% of all breast uplifts, the figures showed.
The number of men opting for cosmetic surgery also continued to rise, with men now making up 18% of all patients seen.
Boytox - Botox for men - and Sweatox - anti-sweat Botox - both drove growth, the group said.
Liz Dale, the group's director, said: "Non-surgical procedures, which saw big growth last year, have continued to be a strong area for us and now account for 32% 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."