The conversation around cosmetic surgery has been changing, as more men look to cosmetic surgery to help them achieve or maintain a refined, fit appearance. This trend is the result of the increased awareness of the value of looking one’s best, greater acceptance of cosmetic surgery in society, and the fact that there are so many more minimally-invasive procedures are available today compared to just a decade ago.
For men, injectables like dermal fillers and Botox rank as the top aesthetic procedures amongst male patients. In the right hands, they deliver what male patients often look for – natural results with minimal downtime. Apart from non-surgical aesthetic procedures, plastic surgeons have experienced a rise in the number of male patients at their practices for cosmetic surgeries. I asked plastic surgeons at SW1 Plastic Surgery Clinic to weigh in on their top cosmetic surgeries for men.
Liposuction is the leading surgical cosmetic procedure among men for decades, helping men reduce a stubborn pockets of fat, like their “spare tire” or love handles, that are often resistant to diet and exercise. “Hidef Liposuction using Vaser technology takes fat reduction a level higher to create a more defined, muscular body,” explained Dr Tan Ying Chien, Consultant Plastic Surgeon. Liposuction is also used for male breast reduction and chest contouring. With Vaser liposuction, plastic surgeons can sculpt an attractive, masculine chest shape through very tiny access incisions.
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Buccal fat removal surgery helps to give a more chiselled appearance that is a popular request amongst male patients. Dr Chia Hui Ling, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, has seen a rise in men coming for buccal fat removal because it is a simple procedure with minimal downtime. “It is performed under local anaesthesia, takes under an hour and has a short social downtime of 2-3 days of mild facial swelling,” added Dr Chia.
Dark eye circles and eyebags are common complaints in men, for making them look tired and aged. Dermal fillers are popular treatments to mask eyebags and dark eye circles. More men are also coming forwards for definitive eyelid surgeries to brighten their eye area. Lower blepharoplasty and fat grafting are 2 effective procedures for tackling eyebags and dark eye circles.
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