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Top Ten Cosmetic Surgery Procedures &Ndash; For Men

Believe it or not, men had ten per cent of all cosmetic surgery procedures in 2011 according to The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). Audit figure showed a significant rise in surgeries despite the recession – but what operations proved most popular? Let’s find out.

Rhinoplasty

There are three types of nose plastic surgery available in the UK, but rhinoplasty topped the list with 1,043 men going under the knife to have their hooter reshaped. Procedures differ from person-to-person, but work is typically carried out on the bridge, nose tip and nostrils.

Breast reduction

Surprisingly, breast reduction was the second most requested surgery in 2011. A total of 790 men had fat, tissue and skin removed from their chest compared with 4,501 women. Breast size adjusts with weight, so perhaps the obesity epidemic had a significant impact on figures?

Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is the medical term for eyelid surgery. It was carried out on 684 men last year and helps to remove bags and lines from around the eyes. Small incisions are usually made in the crease of the eyelids and excess fat and skin is removed to tighten up the area.

Otoplasty

Otoplasty, otherwise known as ear correction surgery, is used to change the size, shape and position of the ears and was requested by 521 men. Surgical procedures vary but excess cartilage is often removed to correct prominent or protruding ears.

Liposuction

The number of liposuction procedures rose by eight per cent from 2010 to 2011, with 511 men opting for surgery. During this operation, a narrow tube is entered into the skin and fat cells are broken up with a special saline solution. They’re then removed through the tube helping to transform the patient’s body shape. Liposuction is different to a tummy tuck as this procedure often removes excess skin.

Face neck/lift

During a facelift, the skin around the lower half of the face, jawline and neck is tightened helping to reduce the signs of ageing. There are many different types of facelifts available but a surgeon will assess the needs of each individual at a consultation. A total of 268 men had this procedure in 2011.

Fat transfer

With this procedure, fat is transferred from one part of the body to another. Typically, a surgeon carefully harvests fat cells before injecting them to the designated area. Numbers rose by five per cent last year with 220 men having flat or hollow areas filled in. Solutions such as Juverderm are also used to improve areas that have sunken with age.

Brow lift

Similar to facelifts, a brow lift is used to smoothen out the forehead and was carried out on 125 males throughout 2011. During the operation, the skin is tightened using various techniques and the patient is left with a more youthful complexion. 

Abdominoplasty

The number of male tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) rose by 15 per cent last year – one of the biggest rises recorded. The number of males opting for this surgery jumped to 124 helping it reach number nine on the list. Excess fat and skin is removed from above the bikini line and is ideal for those who’ve lost a lot of weight, quickly and need to tone up.

Breast augmentation

10,003 women had their boobs boosted last year, but so did 12 men – the same as in 2010. Typically, implants are inserted via the armpit and are used to enhance the chest.

So there you have it, the top ten procedures of 2011 according to BAAPS.

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