Cosmetic surgery techniques 'becoming more accessible'

Over 50s looking to cosmetic surgery as a means to spruce up their appearance are helping to fuel a growth in the industry, according to a new market study.

Statistics by analysis group Research and Markets have revealed that the UK cosmetic surgery industry expanded by 8.7 per cent last year, thanks to an increase in available techniques and a growing mainstream acceptance of such procedures.

The report suggests that the industry is shaking off its reputation as expensive and invasive, with increasing media exposure for non-surgical techniques such as hair-loss treatment and cosmetic dentistry prompting mainstream interest.

There is rising interest in such procedures among men, with the UK expected to follow the US pattern of growth in the male cosmetic surgery market outstripping its female counterpart.

Research and Markets forecast that tighter governmental regulation of the industry will also reduce the risk factor of cosmetic surgery and predicted a "healthy and durable future" for the sector.

Last week, celebrity cosmetic surgeon Dr Andre Aboolian reported on a growing trend away from dramatic facelifts towards subtle, natural-looking adjustments.

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