Non-surgical cosmetic treatments have become more popular during the recession, according to the Harley Medical Group.
The plastic-surgery company has attributed the rise in popularity to the fact that treatments such as chemical peels can be less invasive than the alternative surgical methods and are often cheaper.
Liz Dale, director of Harley Medical Group, commented: "Non-surgical procedures, which saw big growth last year, have continued to be a strong area for us and now account for 32 per cent of all our business."
While non-surgical treatments increased in popularity, the Press Association reports that breast augmentations remained the most popular procedure, particularly among mothers, who accounted for 75 per cent of breast uplift patients in 2009.
Ms Dale echoed this: "The surgical side of the business is also continuing to grow. While breast augmentations remain the most popular surgical procedure, rhinoplasties (nose operations) are closing the gap in second."
The benefits of chemical peels include the reduction in appearance of acne scars, sun damage and wrinkles.