The recent rise in demand for cosmetic surgery may be partly down to the nation's high levels of obesity, experts have claimed.
According to the Harley Medical Group, many of the procedures performed by its surgeons are due to patients losing large amounts of weight and being left with excess skin.
The cosmetic surgery company told the Daily Telegraph that the number of men and women having tummy tucks has risen by nearly a third since 2003, while 18 per cent more women have had a breast uplift.
Head nurse Lisa Littlehales told the newspaper: "It is heartbreaking to see patients who have achieved so much to lose dramatic amounts of weight so embarrassed by their post weight loss bodies.
"Surgery is able to transform both their bodies which have been so vastly overstretched and in the process restore their confidence."
Assuming that obesity is indeed affecting cosmetic surgery demand, surgeons are likely to see the number of patients increasing even further in the future as a recent government-commissioned report suggested that 60 per cent of men and 50 per cent of women could be clinically obese by 2050.
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