THE number of people going under the knife for cosmetic surgery rose 6 per cent between 2010 and 2011, new figures show.
All types of procedures went up, with the total number of operations rising from 38,274 to 43,069 across the UK.
The total number of operations on women rose 5.8 per cent, while those for men rose by 5.6 per cent. One in ten cosmetic surgery procedures were on men.
Data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) found that tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty, saw the biggest rises in both sexes, with a 7 per cent climb among women, and 15 per cent increase for men.
Taimur Shoaib, a consultant plastic surgeon with La Belle Forme, which operates in both Glasgow and Edinburgh, said he had seen a big rise in male clients for breast reduction.
He added: “The biggest rise is in male chest reduction – 10 to 15 per cent. Men want to take off their tops and look good; they don’t want to feel embarrassed by their chests.
“Men are much more receptive to having work done. There are more men in their 50s and 60s getting work to their eyelids.
“They want to look their best in the boardroom in a very competitive business environment. People are generally happy with their appearance.” Mr Shoaib added that more Scots were opting for “mini procedures” rather than major operations that require significant recovery time and are more expensive.
Overall, breast operations were the most popular procedure, with a 6.2 per cent rise in the last year from 9,418 to 10,003. Operations to reduce the size of male breasts, or “moobs”, rose 7 per cent from 741 to 790.
Meanwhile, male liposuction jumped 8 per cent, and fat transfer – where fat is moved from one part of the body to another, most often the face to plump it up – rose 5 per cent among both sexes.
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: “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.”