Cosmetic surgery up 5%, with 'man boob' ops topping growth

Britons are still finding ways to fund cosmetic surgery during the recession, with 'man boob' ops topping the list of procedures that have grown in popularity,according to new figures. The latest audit of cosmetic doctors from industry body the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), showed that the number of procedures rose to 38,274 last year, an increase of 5% on 2009. The number of gynaecomastia or 'moob' operations performed in the UK rose 28% year on year in 2010, making it now the second most popular male procedure after rhinoplasty ('nose jobs'). Facelifts were also in demand, with a 12% increase in procedures in 2010, while breast augmentation saw a 10% rise to 9,418 ops and is still the most popular procedure over all. The only procedures to go down in favour were tummy tucks (abdominoplasty), which were down 7.5% and pinning back prominent ears (otoplasty), down 17%. Fazel Fatah, consultant plastic surgeon and president of BAAPS said: 'The public's interest in aesthetic surgery remained strong in spite of the economic downturn. Procedures showing the more considerable rise during this period seem to be, perhaps not surprisingly, concentrated on the most visible areas of the body: facelifts, breasts and nose jobs. Surgeries that decreased in popularity were for the areas which could potentially be 'hidden' or disguised by fashionand hairstyles, such as tummy tucks and pinning back prominent ears.' The figures: Men and women combined The top cosmetic surgical procedures for men and women combined for 2010 inorder of popularity (the ranking showed no changes from last year in the orderof procedures) are as follows: Breast augmentation: 9,430 - up 10% from last year Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery): 5,779 - up 6.2% Breast Reduction: 4,959 - up 5.4% Face/Neck Lift: 4,756 - up 12% Rhinoplasty: 4,207 - up 9.7% Liposuction: 3,369 - down 4% Abdominoplasty: 3,147 - down 7.5% Browlift: 1,513 - up 5.6% Otoplasty (ear correction): 1,114 - down 17% Women only Women had 90% of all cosmetic procedures in 2010, the same percentage of totalprocedures as in 2009. 2010 figures for women in order of popularity: Breast augmentation: 9,418 - up 10.3% from last year Blepharoplasty (eyelids): 5,127 - up 7% Face/Neck Lift: 4,493 - up 12% (Up from 4th to 3rd place) Breast Reduction: 4,218 - up 2.3% (Dropped 3rd to 4th place) Rhinoplasty: 3,214 - up 8.6% (Up from 7th to 5th place) Abdominoplasty: 3,039 - down 7% (Dropped from 5th to 6th place) Liposuction: 2,896 - down 3.8% (Dropped from 6th to 7th) Brow lifts: 1,390 - up 5% Otoplasty (ear correction): 618 - down 23% Men only Men had 10% of all cosmetic procedures in 2010 (3,861), the same percentage oftotal procedures as in 2009. The 2010 figures for men in order of popularity: Rhinoplasty: 993 - up 13.2% Breast Reduction: 741 - up 27.5% (Up from 3rd to 2nd place) Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery): 652 - up 5.8% (Dropped from 2nd to 3rd place) Otoplasty (ear correction): 496 - down 27% Liposuction: 473 - up 5.2% Face/Neck Lift: 263 - up 11.4% Brow lifts: 123 - up 12.8% (Up from 8th to 7th place) Abdominoplasty: 108 - down 20% (Dropped from 7th to 8th)