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A guide to Plastic Surgery for men

Women are chronically portrayed as the gender that cares and pays most attention to beauty, health, and style, but such stereotypes are being brought down daily because men aren’t blind to the fact that our society values youth and beauty – nor are men creatures devoid of vanity.

In fact, those eager to climb the corporate ladder know that in a competitive environment it’s important to use every advantage at your disposal while those already in successful posts want their features to reflect their confidence and position. For instance, the world’s first billionaire, John Paul Getty, had no qualms about having had a Facelift in the late sixties, and he was not only a very proud man but also a fierce negotiator to boot.

Men seeking plastic surgery procedures in the UK have doubled in the past decade, with celebrities’ openness about their cosmetic procedures definitely giving matters a helpful push in the right direction. What’s clear is that male plastic surgery has risen far above being a taboo – it’s been reported that in Brazil a man undergoes plastic surgery every two minutes!

So, let’s have a look at some of the most popular cosmetic procedures.


Why opt for it?

Eyelid and Eye Bag Surgery are the most popular procedures among men and it’s pretty easy to see why – they’re:

• Swift – can be performed in as little time as 30 minutes and doesn’t require general anaesthesia.
• Safe – the procedures are straightforward, with a very high success and satisfaction rate.
• Convenient – the healing process is the quickest of all plastic surgeries, lasting as little as a couple of weeks.

Heavy skin and puffiness under the eyes can make you look tired even when you’re not, the results of a Blepharoplasty are quick to appear and will leave you with a fresh-faced appearance.

Blepharoplasty before and after
Before and after Blepharoplasty at The Private Clinic.

How does it work?

Excess skin around the eyes is removed, with incisions being made along the folds of your eyelids and leaving you with no visible scarring. The fat pads under your eyes are reduced to alleviate puffiness and since the incision is made inside the lower eyelid, there’s once again no scarring to be seen.


Why opt for it?

Some people just aren’t happy with the way their nose looks, whether they were born with it or had it injured, whereas others have a deviated septum that’s causing them to experience breathing problems. Either way, Rhinoplasty is thought to have been around since Egyptian times, and since noses are our facial focal points, you might as well have one you like.

Before and after Rhinoplasty treatment by The Private Clinic's Mr. Davood Fallahdar.
Before and after Rhinoplasty treatment by The Private Clinic’s Mr. Davood Fallahdar.

How does it work?

A surgeon may decide to perform an open or closed Rhinoplasty, based on your individual case. During a closed Rhinoplasty, the surgeon can work from inside the nose, requiring very few incisions and keeping any possible scarring to a bare minimum. More complicated procedures may require an open Rhinoplasty, which relies on incisions at the nostrils to lift the nose’s skin, so as to allow the surgeon to work on the cartilage and bone underneath. By reshaping those elements, the size, lengths and tip of your nose can be altered with no visible scarring to worry about. The nose surgery procedure takes about two hours, with the length and price, depending on what you’re hoping to achieve.

Male Chest Reduction

Why opt for it?

Enlarged breast tissue (Gynecomastia) is often coupled with embarrassment for men but it’s a condition that’s attributed to as much as 40% of the UK male population. Even bodybuilders can develop them when if they use anabolic steroids or have a hormone imbalance.

Before and after MicroLipo treatment on the male chest.
Before and after MicroLipo treatment on the male chest.

How does it work?

Gynecomastia is usually treated with minimally invasive Liposuction like MicroLipo or VASER Liposuction to remove fatty deposits, whereas enlarged glandular tissue is removed through an incision in the lower part of the nipples. MicroLipo relies on fat being gently sucked out through extremely slender cannulas while VASER procedures first use ultrasound to break down fat cells before using suction.


Why opt for it?

A stressful and demanding career can leave you tired and without time to exercise or eat healthily, which is when you run the risk of gaining a few extra pounds. On the other hand, you can find yourself with stubborn pockets of fat that you can’t shape despite exercising regularly and leading a healthy lifestyle.

An example of VASER Hi-Def treatment performed at The Private Clinic.
An example of VASER Hi-Def treatment performed at The Private Clinic.

How does it work?

Once again, MicroLipo can be used to contour the body here and since the incisions through which the cannulas are inserted are no bigger than 0.3mm, there’s no need for stiches and there’s no scarring either. VASER Liposuction can yield interesting results as during the suction process your surgeon can sculpt your tissue to give you a certain level of definition the highest of which is VASER Hi-Def and can leave you with a ripped physique. Surgical Liposuction can be used to remove larger amounts of fat but it’s worth noting that we do not offer this procedure as a weight loss treatment.

Otoplasty and Earlobe Reconstruction

Why opt for it?

Projecting ears are seldom on a person’s ‘most wanted features’ list and often lead to unwanted remarks. Seeing as one in twenty British people think they have ears that project too much, ear surgery is understandably a very popular option. And if you have a ripped or stretched earlobe then you might consider them unsightly and want to fix them for aesthetic and/or practical reasons.

How does it work?

Incisions are made at the back of and within your ear so as to keep any scarring from being visible. Excess skin is removed and the cartilage behind the ear is altered to pin back ears that stick out too much. If their shape or size is being changed, then the cartilage of the outer ear will need to be reshaped. As for  the earlobe, any excess skin is cut off and the remainder is stitched up in such a way as to look natural when healed.


Why opt for it?

It can be frustrating when your life is on track, you feel young and confident but your face doesn’t reflect it. Board members, CEOs and high profile businessmen such as Mr Getty may want their looks to match their status and could opt for a ‘Forbes Facelift’ to lift the neck as well as the brow, recontour the jawline, maybe use a little bit of Liposuction and combine it with a blepharoplasty for ultimate results.

John Paul Getty, the world's first billionaire was known to have had a Facelift.
John Paul Getty, the world’s first billionaire was known to have had a Facelift.

How does it work?

Where your incisions are made will depend on the type of facelift you opt for, but typically they are made along the hairline and behind the ears. For Neck Lifts, the incisions are extended from the back of your ears to the lower part of your scalp. Your skin is lifted and the tissue beneath it repositioned before the excess is removed and the skin is redraped and secured.

Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck

Why opt for it?

Tummy Tucks get a lot of press and especially as being part of Mummy Makeover packages, but now is the time of the rise of Daddy Do-Overs! Mummies aren’t the only ones who want a flat tummy, and child rearing takes its toll on both parents, even if in different ways. Moreover, if you’ve gone through significant weight loss, then you might have unflattering leftover excess skin that you want to be rid off.

How does it work?

One incision is made just above the pubic mound and if full Abdominoplasty is required then one is made around the navel. Your loose abdominal muscles are pulled up and secured with sutures. The procedure is often combined with liposuction to remove any unwanted fat, after which the skin is replaced and the excess removed.

The Private Clinic

Our team of Consultant and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeons is dedicated to helping you achieve the body you want by relying on their extensive knowledge and experience. It’s a goal shared by our Consultant Cosmetic Doctors, who specialise in Body Contouring techniques and have spent years perfecting their Liposuction skills. You can expect our team to treat you in complete confidence and with absolute professionalism when you come in for a consultation.

We offer Plastic Surgery treatments at our London, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester clinics.

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