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Male Motivations For Cosmetic Surgery

With the number of Cosmetic Surgery procedures undertaken by men having risen by 13.5 per cent (totalling 4,614) between 2014 and 2015, men now account for almost 10 per cent of all cosmetic procedures in the UK.

Male interest in Cosmetic Surgery is growing every year. There’s now more pressure than ever on men (and women) to look young – not just from the media and Hollywood (which have been major driving forces in recent years) but also to compete with younger counterparts in the workplace.

While the desire to look younger for longer is nothing new, Cosmetic Surgery motivations have changed over the years.

The majority of men who are opting for Cosmetic Surgery and Non Surgical treatments simply want to look the best version of themselves. They’re not interested in a dramatically different look. Rather than tucks, they’re looking for subtle tweaks.

Here’s what men look for from procedures and treatments:

  • Speed

For men, the quicker the treatment and recovery time, the better. For this reason, many men nowadays are turning to Non Surgical treatments in favour of Cosmetic Surgery as the treatments are performed faster and often there is little downtime. This allows them to resume their daily activities with minimal interruption.

  • Minimal Pain

Unlike women, who spend hours every week plucking their eyebrows and waxing their body hair all in the name of beauty, men are not as used to enduring the same kind of pain. This often leads them to question just how painful a treatment or procedure will be.

  • To look younger

Slowing down ageing is not a concern limited to just men. However, the motivations behind having such treatments and procedures differ for each gender. Women often seek Anti-Ageing solutions to improve their confidence and boost their self-esteem. Men, on the other hand, want to look younger so they appear healthier and stronger, allowing them to compete with younger men at work.

  • Matching face and body

While Cosmetic Surgery and Non Surgical treatments for the face are important for men, they’re equally concerned with achieving a matching body. Many men opt for Liposuction and other fat reduction or body contouring solutions, as well as Male Chest Reduction (up 13 per cent from 2014).

  • The natural look

We mentioned earlier that men often don’t want it to be obvious that they’ve had work done, be it a Face Lift or Botox. What interests them is looking more rejuvenated and refreshed. Despite the less taboo nature of Cosmetic Surgery, as well as the increase in men undertaking such procedures, it remains important to them that people don’t notice they’ve had something done.

The top 5 most popular procedures for men:

  • Blepharoplasty

Also known as Eye Bag Removal, this procedure involves the Cosmetic Surgeon making an incision before removing excess fatty tissue and stitching back in to place. This leaves a rejuvenated appearance around the eye area.

More commonly dubbed the ‘nose job’, Rhinoplasty surgery is undertaken to change the size and shape of the nose. It can also help correct breathing problems.

For sufferers of Gynaecomastia (Man Boobs), reducing their size through diet and exercise is not enough – leaving Cosmetic Surgery as the only solution. This procedure can dramatically increase the patient’s confidence, allowing them to undertake activities such as swimming without worrying about their ‘embarrassing’ chest.

Contrary to popular belief, Liposuction is not a quick way to lose weight – as such, it’s performed on those who are at the optimum weight for their height but who cannot shift the stubborn pockets of fat around their abdomen through diet and exercise.

Otoplasty surgery changes the size, shape and positioning of the ear and is generally undertaken by those who feel self-conscious about the size of their ears or how much they protrude.

The top 3 most popular treatments for men:

  • Botox

Botox injections paralyse the muscle, preventing it from contracting and relaxing as often – smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and leaving the patient with a more rejuvenated appearance.

As we age, our skin starts to lose volume and elasticity, leading to sagging. Dermal Fillers can replace lost volume, restoring youth to the face.

  • Laser treatments

From fat reduction to improving the appearance of skin conditions, Laser treatments are suitable solution for many concerns. They can help to even out skin tone, reduce redness, Acne, freckles, sun damaged skin and Facial Thread Veins.

Have you had any of the above treatments or procedures? What were your motivations? Let us know on Facebook.

Posted July 18, 2020
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