The cosmetic surgery industry the U.K. has bounced back to its pre-recession levels thanks to a double-digit increase in people choosing to under the knife to get either firmer, bigger or younger-looking, according to a nationwide report published Monday.
Over 50,000 surgical procedures were performed in the U.K. in 2013 -- a 17 percent rise in all types of cosmetic operations performed privately on the previous year, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) said.
Rajiv Grover, consultant plastic surgeon and President of the BAAPS, said that the increase in procedures in 2013 had a direct link to a widespread improvement in the U.K. economy, which reported the fastest economic growth in six years last week and has seen the unemployment rate drop rapidly.
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"Both the UK economy and the British public seem to be well on the way to regaining their shape with the most impressive rise in demand for cosmetic surgery we have seen since the onset of the recession in 2008," he said of the report's latest findings.