The popularity of cosmetic surgery has exploded in recent years. Whether the need to look perfect is down society’s obsession with celebrities or “selfies”, this demand shows no sign of slowing down. 2015 has only just begun and already it looks like the number of people choosing to have cosmetic surgery is on the rise. It is becoming more and more common for men to have cosmetic surgery done, as it is no longer seen as a taboo for this gender to take care of themselves.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic procedures for both men and women and in 2013 it was top of The Guardian’s list of “most popular procedures for men”. Depending on what the patient desires from their nose job, Rhinoplasty can involve reshaping the bridge of the nose, the tip or the whole profile. Some men want to have a bump removed, while others want a dramatically different nose.
One of the fastest growing procedures in recent years among men is liposuction. Many men choose to have liposuction after trying to lose weight and struggling with stubborn excess fat on their stomach. During the operation, the surgeon makes a small cut and removes unwanted fat with a suction tube. There are different types of liposuction which anyone can chose to undertake, including Vaser, laser and traditional liposuction.
Breast reduction surgery is also very popular – many men suffer from gynecomastia – a condition where breast tissue and excess fat develop in the chest area. It can be an extremely embarrassing condition, so it’s easy to see why many men turn to surgery. The procedure is usually carried out using general anaesthetic and can take around 90 minutes.
More and more men are now turning to eyelid surgery too, to get rid of bags under their eyes. The surgeon cuts the skin away from the fatty tissue and muscle underneath and trims away saggy muscle and skin. The surgery gives a more youthful appearance, which is now more socially acceptable for men to desire.
Men are also booking themselves in for ear reshaping surgery. This procedure improves the overall appearance of the ears and can make them more symmetrical. The surgeon repositions and even removes the cartilage to create the desired shape and look.
In the past cosmetic surgery was more commonly associated with women, but the truth is – men want to look good too. With the cosmetic surgery industry constantly growing, only time will tell what new procedures will become available and whether this industry will continue to grow.