Plastic surgery is a personal thing. What motivates each person to undergo a painful procedure is relative to the individual. Whether it is pressure to conform to social standards or simply to boost a person’s self-confidence, women are no longer the main recipients – statistics show that Australian men are flocking to the local plastic surgeon in record numbers.
Dr Darryl Hodgkinson said, “Men feel the same pressure of wanting to age gracefully and are tortured by the same insecurities women have about how they look.” At least half of his patients are now men. The surgeon’s average client is the 40 year old working male who wants to freshen up the appearance, with procedures like liposuction, ab-sculpting, rhinoplasty (nose jobs) and face, brow and lip lifts being the most popular. Younger men are seeking to correct natural defects with help of procedures such as rhinoplasty and otoplasty (reshaping the ear).
If surgery is something you are considering, Dr Hodgkinson had this advice for first timers:
- Ask yourself the hard questions before the consultation. If you are having second thoughts already, it’s best to not proceed.
- You must be comfortable with your surgeon. Again, if there is doubt, do not proceed.
- Ask as many questions as possible and be confident with the surgical procedure.
- Having a support is essential throughout the process, especially the first days out of hospital.
- Always remember, that surgery will not ‘fix’ psychological body-related issues, but it can be the first step.
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