While you’re in the vehicle service bay waiting for area watching mechanics scurrying like ants all over your pride and joy, have you ever wished you could be in the next bay getting a tune-up yourself? Well heaven forbid that you find non-health professionals tinkering with you is the stuff of nightmares, but in reality, it’s possible to get a tune-up of sorts to make you feel good not just on the inside but the outside as well. More men than ever before are coming around to the idea of cosmetic surgery with 10 per cent of them accounting for procedures in the U.K. alone according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). Just like a car engine by having regular minor ´Tune-Ups´ cosmetically, our natural performance or appearance can be maintained or even enhanced.
There is plenty of minor tweaks available to the male form from the well-known Botox brow smoothing treatments and the equally well-known procedures of Rhinoplasty (Nose) enhancement, Blepharoplasty (The eyelid lift) through to male breast reduction (Gynaecomastia) Liposuction and even beard and hair transplants.
Such procedures need not be as expensive as they once had been and are no longer only for the rich and famous as the need to look good in both personal and physical grooming can be vital for our self-esteem.
As Doctor Ashish Dutta, Chief Surgeon and CEO of the London and North East England Aesthetic Beauty Clinic explains the trend:
¨The recent trend of an overall decline in the number of Cosmetic Surgical procedures being performed in the private sector is not reflected in the male cosmetic surgery market. Overall, the number of face-lift and Gynaecomastia reduction among the male population saw a 5-6% growth. Men want a discreet or subtle improvement in their overall appearance and the other areas of growth are chin augmentation, hair transplant and penile enlargement. ¨ – Dr Ashish Dutta.
It’s certainly no crime to want to look your best especially in the work environment.
Industry studies state that that taking advantage of eyelid work is common among middle aged men, but the go getting youngsters prefer toned stomachs without fat in their place .If you’re thinking of such procedures then it’s worth perusing this series of articles for a guide to what’s available, what the procedures involve and above all cost for the enhancement.
Botox – The Smooth Facts
We won’t pull any punches here, if your face has more cracks on it than the moon of Europa or the lines on your face are a highway to hell, then this perceived wonder drug could be the answer to some of your prayers.
It’s a drug that was first approved in America in 2002 as a ‘catch-all ‘ method to improve furrows on the forehead and is suitable for both men and women. Botox is fast approaching its second decade in use after being pioneered as physical aide-memoire for celebrities worried they had passed their cinematic shelf life.
¨ It is recognised as the most common non-surgical treatment worldwide. It has gradually gained popularity and now used as a quick-fix solution to look fresher. There is a common misconception that Botox is sought after by women alone. It is far from the truth, there has been a year on year increase of Botox use in the male population and is now a part and parcel of the average male grooming agenda.¨ – Dr Ashish Dutta.
It can be a great ice breaker during a boring interlude at the cinema speculating on the host of A and B list celebrities who may have had the treatment. Although seemingly strange to have what is, in essence, a deadly poison injected into the system, the brand name of Botox genuinely helps to reduce these seeming age defining wrinkles and lines by blocking the nerve receptors to muscles that respond to the outer layers of the skins epidermal tissue and thus block them making the skin more smooth in the process.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons reflects on the fact that such facial procedures through approved practitioners are up by around 15% and on the increase, with men of all ages who want to improve their initial appearance having it done.
The psychological and physical boost of looking younger can be amazing, but the downside providing you are willing to cancel your dairy for a few days can be initial bruising (Just like any other injection) and headaches or discomfort for up to two days; The treatment only takes a few minutes, no anaesthetic is required but lets not also forget that the jaw-dropping treatment costs of up to £350; but like anything, it pays to shop around and remember this treatment will need to be topped up perhaps several times a year to maintain its maximum effect on your pride and joy.
Botox Injection – No Sweat!
Another less glamorous effect of the Botulinum Toxin, Botox being just a brand name; is its ability to block sweat glands and the unspeakable truth is that excessive sweating(Hyperhidrosis) is something that 3% of the population in these islands suffer from.
¨ Botox is licensed for the treatment of Hyperhidrosis of the underarms, palms and face. It is extremely effective and can change a patient’s self confidence. Botox is also used in minute amounts to reduce the sebum production of the face and improve the shiny appearance of the oily skin; the technique is called micro-Botox. For excessive sweating of the underarms, I also use the 1064nm (Nd: YAG) laser to destroy the sweat glands under the skin to achieve a significant reduction of sweat production, often permanently.¨ – Dr Ashish Dutta
We all like to look good and every day we do our level best to cheat at it; it could be wearing breathable materials for socks and shirts, more comfortable quality footwear or deodorant that contains a sweat fighting ingredient If none of those everyday suggestions doesn’t work and leaves you taking the elevator to the 17th floor alone; a health specialist may possibly suggest Botulinum injections to stop the sweat flow dead. This drug blocks overactive glands that produce sweat in forehead, feet, hands and dare we speak it armpits of the body. Generally, the effect can help in the more unpalatable areas too.
A course can involve up to 20 injections to the areas of suffering and although typically costing from £150 to £450 for forehead and armpits it is available by doctors referral on the NHS – god bless em.’
Gynaecomastia / Male Breast Reduction
This is one of the other more popular growing trends we are keeping abreast of (you knew that pun was too good to waste!)The reality is there can be many factors that cause a flabby chest and not necessarily diet and lack of physical exercise. Excessive male hormone production can also be a factor as well as disease.
¨ Gynaecomastia (sometimes referred to as ´man boobs´) is a relatively common condition that causes adolescent boys’ and adult men’s breasts to become larger than normal. It can cause psychological and social issues for the modern, image-conscious male. Sizes vary from a small amount of extra tissue around the nipples to more prominent breasts with a fair amount of glandular tissue. It can affect one or both breasts. Gynaecomastia can have several causes but the commonest one is a result of an imbalance between the sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen. The fatty tissue can be removed with Vaser liposuction, but the gland tissue may need to be excised through an incision.¨ – Dr Ashish Dutta
Cut Above The Breast
If you are continually attending gyms like a Russian shot putter but are still how shall we say, more sunken than the Titanic, the removal of excess breast fat will help firm up the assets helping them to resurface again. The procedure involves an incision around the nipple, removing the offending tissue using Liposuction if large amounts are present and then adjusting or repositioning the nipples as required. It’s not normally available on the NHS unless there is a clear medical need. Costs privately begin at £3500, you’ll need a week off work to catch up on all that junk Tv and no heavy lifting (apart from the popcorn) for about a month.
Everything in life involves some risk so if you’re considering any of the above remember to seek appropriate, professional medical advice first and discreetly ask around colleagues if they may have had work done and you could be pleasantly surprised that john in accounts wasn’t originally as youthful as you thought he was.