Your surgery is so cosmetic, man

Men are being lead by the nose to plastic surgeons. Lynne Eaton smells a rat

FASHION-CONSCIOUS men are becoming more discerning in their aesthetic and cosmetic tastes, it seems. "Jamie Theakston is very popular with the chaps right now. His nose is masculine, well defined with a strong bridge," Mel Braham. a plastic surgeon, enthused to one newspaper last week.

Perhaps. Whatever men are hoping to achieve from cosmetic surgery, whether a better love life or a better paid job, they are rapidly catching up with women in realising the enormous potential of the scalpel. According to the Harley Medical Group, one of the country's leading cosmetic surgery clinics, around 40 per cent of procedures are now performed on men. Five years ago, it was only 18 per cent

The biggest rise in male surgery is in liposuction," says Peter Coles, director of the group. "More and more men are increasingly confident in turning towards cosmetic surgery to help them achieve the look that they desire."

Last year, the group's main male cosmetic surgery procedures were rhinoplasty (nose jobs) at 21.5 per cent; liposuction at 9 per cent; otoplasty (reducing size of or pinning back ears), 16 per cent; laser surgery (to improve skin texture), 10 per cent; and laser assisted uvula palatplasty (Laup) to stop snoring, 10 per cent.

You can even go for penis enlargement - both length and girth. A piece of tissue inside the body called the suspensary ligament is cut, allowing more of the penis to fall outside the body cavity. Fat extracted from the inner thighs can also be deposited along the shaft to thicken the penis.

"A lot has got to do with the advent of many more quality men's magazines," Mr Coles admits. "They will read avidly about ways to make themselves attractive. Half of it is to improve their appearance, the other to improve their sex life."

Dai Davis, a consultant plastic surgeon at Charing Cross Hospital, London, who also works privately at Stamford Hospital in Hammersmith, believes the increase in male cosmetic surgery may be simply because: "More and people have more disposable wealth. Chaps with ears that stick out or people with big noses are much more likely to spend a couple of thousand pounds."

Although gay men, who have tended to be more body-conscious than most, do have cosmetic surgery (removal of facial hair is particularly popular), most of the men at the Harley Medical Group clinics are straight, says Mr Coles.

"They are just Mr Average. Their tummy sticks out, or their penis is too small. They don't look a freak, but they think they do." One patient, in his forties, had been troubled all his life about his large ears: "He was a very pleasant man, who came to the clinic with his wife. He had long hair, which looked odd at that age. It turned out that when he was young, he was teased because his ears stuck out, and had deliberately grown his hair long to hide them.

"When I told him we would be able to help, he just burst into tears. He was just so relieved that he wouldn't have to worry any more."

But buying an "off-the-shelf" nose, like the "Theak beak", is as frowned upon by cosmetic surgeons as much as asking for a Rachel (from Friends) hair cut is, by a hairdresser

"We understand that people tend to identify with famous figures," says Mr Coles. "We have to be careful to say that though we will try to make it look like that person, that doesn't mean that you are definitely going to look like them."

While women worry about "cellulite", beer guts are one of men's biggest worries. Christopher Douglas, 26, was 6ft 2in tall, and weighed in at 17 stone when he went for liposuction back in February.

"I had this beer belly and big fat thighs," says Christopher. "It was quite embarrassing on the beach, or changing for sport. I had dieted, got lots of exercise, and had even given up drinking. But it was having no effect.

"As I was reading through the magazines, liposuction caught my eye. It was extremely expensive pounds 2,500 - but I had inherited some money, so I decided to go for it. Friends laughed at first, but then agreed with me. Men are much more vain and self-conscious than they used to be.

"It wasn't painful, just uncomfortable," he says. "They don't take that much off - only half a stone. But there was a difference straight away. I could get into trousers that had been bursting at the seams.

"I've really gained a lot of confidence. I'm not embarrassed chatting up girls.

"And, yes," he admits. "My love life has improved."

For further information, contact the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, who will send a list of members if you send them a large sae: 35 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PN (0171-405 2234).

To find out whether a surgeon is qualified in plastic surgery, contact the General Medical Council (0171-580 7642). The British Association of Cosmetic Surgeons (0171-323 5728) tends to represent surgeons in private clinics who may not be qualified plastic surgeons. The Harley Medical Group runs a helpline on cosmetic surgery: 0870 603 4444

Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor and Clara have their first real heart to heart since he regenerated in 'Deep Breath'
TV
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie Oliver
filmTV chef Jamie Oliver turned down role in The Hobbit
News
The official police photograph of Dustin Diamond taken after he was arrested in Wisconsin
TVDownfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Arts and Entertainment
Clueless? Locked-door mysteries are the ultimate manifestation of the cerebral detective story
booksAs a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Arts and Entertainment
Tracy Emin's 1998 piece 'My Bed' on display at Christie's
artOne expert claims she did not
PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
J Jefferson Farjeon at home in 1953
booksBooksellers say readers are turning away from modern thrillers and back to golden age of crime writing
Arts and Entertainment
Female fans want more explicit male sex in Game of Thrones, George R R Martin says

film George RR Martin owns a cinema in Santa Fe

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
Clued up: John Lynch and Gillian Anderson in ‘The Fall’

TV review

Arts and Entertainment
The Baker (James Corden) struggles with Lilla Crawford’s Little Red Riding Hood

film...all the better to bamboozle us
Arts and Entertainment
English: Romantic Landscape

art
Arts and Entertainment
Laugh a minute: Steph Parker with Nigel Farage

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Comic Ivor Dembina has staged his ‘Traditional Jewish Xmas Eve Show’ for the past 20 years; the JNF UK charity is linked to the Jewish National Fund, set up to fund Jewish people buying land in Palestinian territories
comedy

Arts and Entertainment
Transformers: Age of Extinction was the most searched for movie in the UK in 2014

film
Arts and Entertainment
Mark Ronson has had two UK number two singles but never a number one...yet

music
Arts and Entertainment
Clara Amfo will take over from Jameela Jamil on 25 January

radio
Arts and Entertainment
This is New England: Ken Cheeseman, Ann Dowd, Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins in Olive Kitteridge

The most magnificently miserable show on television in a long timeTV
Arts and Entertainment
Andrea Faustini looks triumphant after hearing he has not made it through to Sunday's live final

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Rhys says: 'I'm not playing it for laughs, but I have learnt that if you fall over on stage, people can enjoy that as much as an amazing guitar solo'
musicGruff Rhys on his rock odyssey, and the trouble with independence
Arts and Entertainment
Krysia and Daniel (Hand out press photograph provided by Sally Richardson)
How do today's composers answer the challenge of the classical giant?
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

    A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

    Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
    Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
    Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

    Scarred by the bell

    The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
    Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

    Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

    Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
    Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

    Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

    Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
    The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

    The Locked Room Mysteries

    As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
    Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

    How I made myself Keane

    Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
    Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

    Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

    Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
    A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

    Wear in review

    A look back at fashion in 2014
    Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

    Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

    Might just one of them happen?
    War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

    The West needs more than a White Knight

    Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
    Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

    'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

    Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
    Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

    Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

    Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
    The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

    The stories that defined 2014

    From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
    Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

    Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

    Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?