If you’ve been keeping up with the latest news in cosmetic surgery, you would note that more and more men are turning to the ‘nip and tuck’ options to conserve their youthful appearance. Currently, middle-aged men make up about twenty percent of a cosmetic surgeon’s practice. The American male grooming market alone is now worth US$3.5 billion!

Men are beginning to face the mirror with less hesitation and seem to be changing their stance about numerous issues that were previously deemed to be feminine and eccentric. It is still not quite the same but the pressure to look youthful, healthy and dynamic has led men to rethink their attitudes to beauty products, facials, cosmetic surgeries, diet pills and many more.

Let’s face it – we live in a youth-oriented society. It is sad but true. The public constantly scrutinizes entertainers, politicians, businessmen, country leaders and people in high visibility jobs. The pressure is on and these people need to look good and vigorous so as to win the hearts and confidence of the public. Today most men are eating right and lifting weights not for muscular strengths but for muscle definition. While most women turn to cosmetic surgery for vanity, men do it for their careers. With little spare time in hand, cosmetic surgeries like liposuction, tummy tucks and facelifts are becoming increasingly popular with men as a way to deal with image maintenance and change.

Although many of the cosmetic procedures performed on women can be performed on men, the objective of the surgery may differ considerably. Men’s goals include a more balanced nose, hair transplantation, eyelid surgery, a more revitalized face, a more improved body muscles and trimmer waistline. The procedures used to achieve these goals must take into consideration factors such as body type, skin thickness, beard growth and others. In addition, there are many technical differences in the composition of a man’s body. For instance, the signs of aging for men appear differently than in women and men’s bodies tend to store fat in different areas as well. Therefore, it takes a plastic surgeon specifically skilled and experienced in male reconstructive surgery to perfect these procedures.

“Your doctor should first evaluate your health and reason for the operation (to avoid unrealistic expectations). Following that comes the physical exam and your doctor should explain what kind of surgical techniques are best for you, possible risks and the cost involved,” explains Dr Marco Faria Correa, a renowned Brazilian cosmetic surgeon from the Camden Medical Centre in Singapore.

He further elaborates, “The aim for abdomen surgery for men and women are different. Men wants bulging and defined six packs while women only need a hint of those muscles with taut skin and a nice belly button. For face surgery – the doctor needs to consider facial hair when it comes to doing a procedure for men. And in general, men facial skin had a richer blood supply than women’s so the surgeon has to be fully experienced in all these little differences to achieve the best results.”

Cosmetic surgery might appeal to our quick-fix and fuzz free approach to life but before jumping the gun to such a procedure, it is best to seek the advice of your surgeon if you are taking any medication, overweight and having an ongoing health conditions. To avoid unnecessary complications and risks, you need to get as fit and healthy as possible, stop drinking and smoking prior to surgery. Your doctor may offer significant improvement to your overall look but your state of health plays an important role in the quality of the outcome.