More than 100,000 aesthetic surgical treatments were carried out in the country as a whole last year – a threefold increase on 2002.
A further 500,000 non-invasive treatments such as Botox were also performed – a 14-fold increase.
Facelifts and breast surgery were the most popular among women, while nose procedures were the most common for men, according to research by the market analyst Mintel.
One-in-four women over 50 would consider plastic surgery, a poll has shown. Facelifts, eye-lifts and tummy tucks were top of the wish list in the survey of 8,000 people by Saga magazine.
26% of women aged 50 and over said they might go under the knife, compared with 9% of men.