The macho makeover – The rise of male cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery is no longer something that is only popular with women. Trends have changed regarding men getting cosmetic surgery and many are not afraid to talk about it openly. 

What are the most common types of surgery men typically choose and do men in different regions of the UK have certain preferences? 

Cosmetic surgeries in Manchester are more popular than in London

Research by the Transform Hospital Group, one of the leading providers of Medical Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery, shows that cosmetic surgery is most popular with men living in Manchester, whereas men in Edinburgh don’t seem to be nearly as interested in changing their looks via surgery. 

This puts Manchester ahead of London – 55% of men in the city have had surgery or plan on having it, while 46% of men in London report the same experiences. That makes it one in two men in the north-western city, which has a population of only about 550,000 compared to London’s 8.9 million. 

38% of the male population in Leeds has also had a procedure or would like to have one. 

Men in Norwich, Edinburgh, and Newcastle on the other hand are either blessed with their features or are just not as interested in cosmetic surgery. Only 12% in Norwich, 17% in Edinburgh and 19% in Newcastle have said “yes” to surgery, according to the study.  

There are many different reasons for plastic surgery

It’s important to remember that not all plastic surgery procedures are performed for the sole purpose of altering a patient’s physical appearance. In many cases, health concerns may be the reason to choose this path. An important example is gastric sleeve surgery where a patients stomach is reduced to a much smaller size. This can be a very effective way to lose weight and improve one’s health. 

Reasons why men may choose plastic surgery 

The reason for plastic surgery simply being vanity is a common misconception. Social media may have played a part in the rise of male plastic surgery but there are many different reasons why an individual may choose such a procedure. 

Aside from health concerns, men are just as vulnerable to criticism when it comes to their appearance as women are. This may be the reason why the numbers of men who chose breast reduction surgeries and tummy tucks (Abdominoplasty) have increased by 101%, according to the survey. Ear surgery (Otoplasty) is also high and has increased by 100%. Even eyelid surgery has risen by 82%. 

Liposuction as well as rhinoplasty (“nose jobs”) are also performed more often than they were several years ago. 

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) says that breast reduction in men has increased by almost 50% (47.9%) between the years 2014 and 2018. Neck lifts in order to firm the jawline and hair transplants are common surgeries performed on mature men and can improve a patient’s happiness and wellbeing. 

If you are planning on having a cosmetic change, remember to do as much research as possible and carefully review doctors and clinics before making a decision.