22 August 2008

An increasing number of men are opting for eye bag removal, a cosmetic procedure that eliminates the dark, puffy circles from under the eyes.

The method, known as blepharoplasty, has seen an upturn in fortune, according to the Daily Mail, as more and more men over 40 feel the pressure to look young.

Blepharoplasty allows patients to have their upper and lower lids done at the same time. Both the actor George Clooney and Apprentice-star Alan Sugar are known to have undergone the surgery, but for very different reasons.

The newspaper states that Clooney revealed he had his eye bags removed because "it's important to look awake", while Sugar stated that the droopy skin around his eyes was hampering his vision.

In July this year, The Harley Medical Group released a report that showed "man bag removals", as male blepharoplasty has now come to be known, shows a 33 per cent year-on-year increase.

This upturn is part of the wider trend, as increasing numbers of men try to turn back the ageing process through plastic surgery.

Research from the British Associations of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) shows that there was a 27 per cent rise in the number of men opting for male chest reduction between 2006 and 2007.

In addition, The Harley Medical Group research shows that there has been an overall 43 per cent year-on-year rise in the number of men receiving Botox jabs, as the popularity of male line and wrinkle treatments soars.