One third of people who have cosmetic surgery pay for it with money they have saved up specifically for that purpose, new research suggests.
A poll conducted on behalf of private health firm the Harley Medical Group found that nearly a quarter (24 per cent) rely on credit cards, while 21 per cent borrow money from a member of their family.
Meanwhile, 11 per cent of people work overtime or take on a second job in order to fund their cosmetic surgery and three per cent take out a loan.
Liz Dale, director of the Harley Medical Group, revealed that people are buying more packages of treatments.
For example, last year witnessed a 51 per cent rise in the number of botox treatments, while spending on laser hair removal increased by 36 per cent.
Meanwhile, enquiries into cosmetic surgery have reached record figures, with the number of people contacting the group up 32 per cent during the first two weeks of 2008 compared to the same period during 2007.
Ms Dale commented: "For many of our patients, a treatment with us is now a regular feature in their diary.
"Non-surgical treatments are no longer seen as a luxury, more as part of their normal beauty rejuvenation and maintenance programme."