16 July 2007
Daily Telegraph'Ageing men turn to plastic surgery'
The number of middle-aged men undergoing cosmetic surgery has more than doubled in just five years as they struggle to come to terms with "menopaunch", according to a report. Men aged over 50 are spending thousands of pounds and taking weeks off work to have liposuction and other procedures such as eye bag removal (blepharoplasty) in attempts to remove stubborn fat, says a cosmetic surgery company. Figures produced by The Harley Medical Group show that liposuction - including work done on the abdomen, flanks, chest and chin areas - accounts for 24 per cent of surgical procedures for 50-something men. This was followed by blepharoplasty (21 per cent), face lifts (14), rhinoplasty or nose operations (11), tummy tucks (8), neck lifts (7), brow lifts (5), chin implants (3) and otoplasty or ear surgery (2). Liz Dale, a director of Harley, said: "We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of 50-something male patients coming into our clinics. Liposuction is the most popular procedure. The amount of fat removed can range from 50ml to three litres, or the equivalent of more than six pints.' However, she stressed that liposuction, which costs about £3,700, should be done only for "stubborn fat" and was "not a quick cure for weight gain`'. Surgeons check that patients have taken steps to reduce their weight before agreeing to liposuction, she said. Patrick Whitfield, a surgeon, added: "Males account for a quarter of blepharoplasty procedures at The Harley Medical Group, with 60 percent of those from the over-50s age group. "In many cases, saggy skin around the eye area can add a decade on to a man." Eye bag removal costs £2,300 for upper and lower eyelids.
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