16 July 2007

Middle-aged males pay thousands for liposuction on their moobs and bellies.

Daily Mail 'The menopaunch'

Record numbers of middle-aged men are turning to liposuction as they struggle with bulging waistlines and sagging faces. The phenomenon has been dubbed the �menopaunch' as men fork out thousands of pounds on their on their bodies rather than the more traditional mid-life acquisition of a �menoPorsche' to cheer themselves up. They are having up to five pints of stubborn fat sucked out, and eye bags cut away, to make them look younger. The number going under the knife in the name of beauty has risen by more than 140 per cent in just five years, according to The Harley Medical Group, whose figures reflect a common trend reported by cosmetic surgery companies. A quarter of the firm's liposuction customers are now male. Men aged over 50 are spending as much as �3,700 and taking weeks off work to undergo liposuction and other procedures. Eye bag removal costs �2,300 for upper and lower eyelids. The director of The Harley Medical Group, Liz Dale, said: �The idea of men letting themselves go with increased age is no longer accurate. �We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of 50-something male patients coming into our clinics. Liposuction is the most common procedure. Amount of fat removed can range from 50ml to three litres, or the equivalent of more than five pints.' Surgeon Patrick Whitfield said: �In many cases, saggy skin around the eye area can add a decade on to a man. It's extremely rewarding seeing a rather conservative 50-something man bound out of the clinic after his six-week post-operative check-up with a new spring in his step and a glint in his eye.' Liposuction should be carried out only on �stubborn fat' and is �not a quick cure for weight gain', warned Mrs Dale. She added: �Before accepting a patient for treatment, our surgeons will want to be sure that the patient has a healthy lifestyle and is fit for surgery. �Surgeons will also want to be sure that the patient has taken measures to reduce his weight through fitness and a good, healthy, balanced diet. Obese patients would most certainly not be operated on.' Earlier this year, the Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said a record 177 men have had liposuction in the past year to reduce the size of their breasts - sometimes known as �moobs' - eight times the figure of three years ago. In 2003, Britain's then most senior soldier, General Sir Mike Jackson, 63, had surgeons remove the bags under his eyes. Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, 70, had a facelift and hair transplant three years ago, while singer Julio Iglesias, 63, also admits to plastic surgery, as does 66-year-old nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow. But the procedure has its limits - Hollywood star Michael Douglas spent a fortune on facelifts before apparently deciding at 62 to let nature take its course after all. WHERE THEIR MONEY GOES

  • Liposuction (including abdomen, 24% chest and chin areas)
  • Blepharoplasty 21% (eye bag removal)
  • Face lifts 14%
  • Rhinoplasty 11% (nose jobs)
  • Tummy tucks 8%
  • Neck lifts 7%
  • Brow lifts 5%
  • Chin implants 3%
  • Otoplasty 2% (pinning ears back)

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