Male tummy tucks top cosmetic surgery growth
The number of cosmetic procedures performed in the UK rose by 5.8% in 2011 with male abdominoplasty seeing the largest growth. Audit figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) released today showed that the number of procedures continued to increase steadily at a similar rate of growth to hay seen in 2009 and 2010. A total of 43,069 procedures were performed. Every treatment increased in demand and the order of popularity remained the same as in 2010. The procedure that saw the biggest rise in popularity was the male tummy tuck, abdominoplasty, which showed an increase of 15%. Breast augmentation remained the most popular treatment with a rise of 6.2% to 10,003 procedures in 2011 - nearly twice as many as the next most popular surgery. Order of popularity: * Breast augmentation: 10,015 - up 6.2% from last year * Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery): 6,057 - up 4.8% * Breast reduction: 5,291 - up 6.7% * Face/neck lift: 4,968 - up 4.5% * Rhinoplasty: 4,518 - up 7.4% * Liposuction: 3,581 - up 6.3% * Abdominoplasty: 3,375 - up 7.2% * Fat transfer: 2,551 - up 5.0% * Browlift: 1,543 - up 2.0% * Otoplasty (ear correction): 1,170 - up 5.0% Baaps president Fazel Fatah said: '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.' He added: '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.'