Male cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more popular. Increasingly it is being seen as more acceptable for men to have these treatments. What used to be regarded primarily as a woman's domain and was seen as being a less than masculine undertaking, these days this is no longer the case. Men now undergo cosmetic procedures of all kinds and many see cosmetic surgery as a way of increasing confidence based on the way they look.
The use of Botox to treat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments undergone by men. Others include re-shaping of the nose (rhinoplasty), hair replacement, liposuction and male breast reduction to treat man boobs (gynaecomastia).
This is a very popular cosmetic treatment for men because hair loss is usually something only men suffer from. Hair replacement surgery can fully restore one's hair line and potentially take years off a man's appearance. Using surgical and non-surgical techniques, the problems of hair loss can now be permanently reversed. The footballer, Wayne Rooney is a current high-profile example of someone who has benefited from this kind of procedure.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a more recent form of hair transplant which is less invasive than conventional hair replacement procedures. This procedure can typically be completed in a morning or afternoon and can be carried out under local anaesthetic. It is a popular procedure because it leaves virtually no scarring. The process involves plucking individual healthy follicles from the scalp and re-introducing them into the area to be treated by making tiny incisions in the scalp, into which the follicles are placed. Once the procedure is complete, the results are permanent and virtually undetectable.
This is another very popular procedure amongst men and is used to remove stubborn areas of fat that have proved resistant to diet and exercise.
Liposuction can be carried out on the thighs, buttocks, stomach, upper arms and chin, though the most common area of treatment is the stomach. A thin tube (cannula) is inserted through a tiny incision and a solution made up of saline and local anaesthetic is injected into the targeted area. The local anaesthetic serves the purpose of reducing blood loss whilst the fat is removed. The fat is then literally sucked out through the tube.
Liposuction, along with Botox, is the most commonly practised cosmetic procedure in the world and its success rate is very high. Part of the reason for this is that once the fat cells are removed from a particular area, they do not regenerate so the effects of the procedure are long-lasting. Liposuction is not used specifically for weight loss, but more for the toning and re-shaping of certain areas of the body.
In addition to traditional liposuction procedures, there are now what are commonly known as 'smart lipo' procedures which are less invasive. They work on the principle of breaking down the fat cells, meaning that the fat cells are easier to remove and require less suction. As less suction is needed, these procedures can be carried out under local anaesthetic and require less recovery time. Laser lipo, vaser lipo and 'lipo freezing' are all examples of smart lipo procedures.
Liposuction can start from around £1000 and can go up to as much as £10,000-£12,000 depending on the amount of fat being removed and the number of areas being treated.
This is another very popular procedure amongst men and is particularly popular with the over forties.
As we get older, the skin loses its natural elasticity and this is particularly evident on the eyelids and the area around the eyes. This can be exacerbated by things like smoking and exposure to the sun. With this procedure, excess fat is removed from the creases on the eyelids and area beneath the eyes and the skin tightened. The resulting effect is a fresher, more youthful appearance. However, blepharoplasty will not remove more deeply ingrained wrinkles like crow's feet for which a dermal filler like Botox would be a more appropriate treatment.
Prices in the UK for this kind of procedure can vary, but eye bag removal surgery will start from around £2500 and can go up to around £5000-£6000 depending on the extent of the work you are having and where you are being treated. Indeed, prices for all these procedures tend to be lower the more central one's location due to a wider choice of clinics and increased competition.
Some patients also choose to have their surgery done abroad in places like Turkey, Spain or even as far afield as India where prices are generally lower - sometimes by as much as fifty percent.