Daily Mail "Sarkozy Syndrome"
11 April 2008They are said to be suffering from the "Sarkozy syndrome" because the french president, like them, married a much younger woman But these men, unlike Nicolas Sarkozy, are not comfortable with the age gap.Surgeons are reporting a boom in cosmetic procedures among men of a certain age. But these men, unlike Nicolas Sarkozy, are not comfortable with the age gap. Surgeons are reporting a boom in cosmetic procedures among men of a certain age. They are having Botox and dermabrasion, and in some cases full facelifts. There is no suggestion that Sarkozy, 53, had any nips or tucks prior or since his marriage to former model Carla Bruni, 40, but experts insist that marriages like his are influencing demand. One of the country's largest operators says it has seen more than 5,200 men in the last six months alone for consultations on youth enhancing procedures. The men, who fall into the 35-55 age bracket, are opting for Botox to smooth fine lines as well as surgical procedures like facelifts and eyelid surgery. The Harley Medical Group compared figures from January to March this year with the same period last year and found that 17 per cent more men have undergone facelifts this year. There was a dramatic rise in Botox (up 57 per cent) while 47 per cent more men had breast reduction surgery. Skin microdermabrasion was up 43 per cent, eyelid surgery was up 25 per cent and chin lifts were up 44 per cent on the same period last year. A fifth of all Botox patients at Harley Medical Group are now men and many were citing a second marriage as their key motivation. Director Liz Dale said: ‘Dubbed the Sarkozy Syndrome, referring to a second marriage with a younger woman whether they have one, two or more decades between them, surgeons are witnessing these patients citing their partner's youthful appearance as their motivation to investigate surgical and non surgical rejuvenation procedures. Typically, a male patient will have been contemplating surgery for six months to 12 months before making an initial inquiry. Surgery is not something patients rush into.' She said the men could also be dubbed FAMs - forty or fifty-year-old alpha males. ‘Second marriages and career opportunities are the most commonly cited reasons for FAMs undergoing rejuvenation treatments,' she added. Men in their 40s are more likely to opt for Botox, while those in their 50s are more likely to choose eyelid surgery or face lifts, she said. Dr Julian Northover from the group added: ‘The desire to have Botox treatments is driven by both business and social reasons.'Read more about our Cosmetic Surgery procedures and our Non Surgical Solutions.Contact us today to book your free consultation with one of our highly qualified Nurses.