There has been a noticeable rise in interest in cosmetic surgery, experts have revealed.
According to the Hospital Group, a UK provider of cosmetic surgery, the first week of the year brought about a far greater number of consumer enquiries about procedures than during the same period in 2007.
A total of 1,213 enquiries were made to the group between January 1st and 7th 2008, up from 897 in 2007 and 718 in 2006.
The main reasons for opting for cosmetic surgery are to increase self-image and self-esteem, a new poll by YouGov shows.
Out of 2,066 adults surveyed, 23 per cent said they wanted surgery to improve their self-image; 16 per cent wanted to make themselves more attractive; and 16 per cent admitted it was to help overcome insecurities.
Other reasons given for considering cosmetic surgery included wanting to improve their figure after surgery and improving sexual prowess, while three per cent thought it might improve their job prospects.