Men in cosmetic surgery clinics common sight across Asia

stk212525rkeCosmetic surgeries across Asia are seeing a rise in the number of male patients asking for line and wrinkle treatments. Straits Times Indonesia reports that Singapore in particular is seeing a breaking down of the ‘sex barrier’ in clinics offering Botox, laser hair removal and cosmetic surgery. One such man, T. F. Tan, who is an investment banker in Singapore, admits that he has been enjoying line and wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers for the last three years.“It’s all about self-confidence. For men, the search for youth is here to stay. It's no fad.” says Mr Tan. The number of men opting for cosmetic surgery and treatments is said to have risen from 10 per cent of the client base to nearly 30 per cent in the last two years alone. But surgeons and doctors in Singapore say this figure could be much higher if it took into account the men who choose to go to Indonesia and Thailand for cheaper treatments. Dr Low Chai Ling, medical adviser at The Sloane Clinic, said: “Men also see the benefits their female counterparts have achieved with such procedures and are more accepting of them.” And it is not just treatments and procedures that are attracting male attention, specialist skincare is too.  The Singapore Association of Perfumes and Cosmetics Distributors said that the men’s skincare market grew by 12.6 per cent from 2009 to 2009, in contrast to the 8.1 per cent rise seen in the women’s sector. Dr Georgia Lee, who runs the TLC Lifestyle Practice, said: “Men do not like to take leave for treatments. Those targeting wrinkles and deep lines are keen to do it because there is more information about these treatments now and they also like the fact that there is no or minimal downtime. “Those treating their scars feel that having a better complexion will help them more in their work and also socially.”