The credit crunch and impending recession may have spared UK plastic surgeons reports the Independent on Sunday (IoS) which states that cosmetic surgery among men is booming.
Gay men are particularly eager to go under the surgeon's knife according to a study by the Gay Times which revealed that 22 per cent of gay men have already undergone cosmetic surgery.
If those figures were not eyebrow-raising enough, out of the 1,000 homosexual men questioned, 69 per cent said they would consider cosmetic surgery in the future.
Patrick Preston, of Millivres, the Gay Times' parent company, told the IoS: "With the average gay man earning £5,203 more than the national average [taking home, on average, £31,099 a year], gay men have a higher disposable income and, as a result, the pink pound is doing well."
According to Dr Thomas Stuttaford writing in the Times, cosmetic surgery can greatly benefit a patient's mental health particularly if the surgery is to correct disfigurement or injury-induced reconstruction.
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