People are not being deterred from having cosmetic surgery
by the economic climate, the Harley Medical Group
Latest figures from the private healthcare group show that the cosmetic surgery market has enjoyed a 26 per cent year-on-year growth.
The biggest increase in demand has been for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery), which has increased by 54 per cent.
Rhinoplasty procedures are up by 40 per cent and liposuction procedures have seen 27 per cent year-on-year growth, according to Liz Dale, director of the Harley Medical Group.
The director revealed that the Harley Medical Group is attracting two different types of customer.
"Non-surgical procedures are growing faster than ever this year - with skin treatments like medical microdermabrasion and chemical peels up 86 per cent year-on-year - because consumers are increasingly recognising them as inexpensive, highly effective beauty solutions.
"However, the surgical side of the business, which accounts for 70 per cent of all procedures, is also continuing to grow," she continued.
Ms Dale believes that the group's patients see cosmetic surgery as an investment and are therefore unwilling to postpone it, even if their finances have taken a turn for the worse.
However, not every country's cosmetic surgery industry appears to be weathering the storm as well as the UK's, as the New York Times recently reported that Korean firm ARA Consulting has learnt of a 40 per cent drop in the number of visits to cosmetic surgeons in South Korea.