Ever looked in the mirror and desperately wanted ears that didn’t stick out so much? Or spotted a bald patch you wished wasn’t there? While we’re not ones to endorse whining or, worse, beating yourself up over appearance, we do applaud a proactive approach.
Men may only account for around 10 per cent of cosmetic procedures carried out in the UK today, but more of us than ever before are at least open to the idea of having a little ‘work’ done.
According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), though, we’re moving away from radical procedures and towards more minor ‘tweakments’ – attempting to enhance what we already have, rather than trying to build again from scratch, so to speak.
There are myriad game-changing procedures now available to men, like beard transplants for the follically challenged. However, the most common remain rhinoplasty (more commonly known as a nose job), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), male breast reduction (in cases of gynaecomastia), liposuction, and otoplasty (ear correction), while an increasing number of guys are opting for hair transplants.
“Men want to look good for their age nowadays, especially as there seems to be more competition in the workplace,” says Bernadette Harte from The Harley Medical Group. According to Harte, eyelid surgery is the most common procedure with middle-aged men, while younger men tend to want fat removed, most commonly from their chests.