By Salma Awwad
Young men of all ages are increasingly opting for chin implants, nose jobs, liposuction and even facelifts
Plastic surgery is no longer a taboo subject in the Middle East and has become commonplace in many parts of the region, with the trend now increasingly including men looking to defy the aging process.
Though the number of women that go under the knife still outweighs the number of males, reports from the American society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) have been showing a consistent year-on-year increase of men seeking procedures.
In 2012, a total of 1.3m men sought out the surgical route, which was a 5 percent increase from 2011. While male clients accounted for 9 percent of cosmetic procedures carried out in 2012, the number of men seeking enhancements in the Middle East is more than double the international rate, with men representing almost a third of all surgeries carried out.
“More men are having cosmetic procedures... In my practice I see 25-30 percent men," said Dr. Samieh Rizk, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, with certifications in facial plastic surgery by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
As the director of Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgery and Park Avenue Facial Surgery, Dr. Rizk said there were clear trends emerging in the procedures popular among Middle Eastern men.
“Young men in their teens and 20s are seeking rhinoplasty to reduce a nasal hump or wide nostrils, and chin implants for a stronger, more masculine profile. Men in their 30s and 40s ask for rhinoplasty as well, and neck liposuction or necklifts and reduction of excess eyelid fat which makes them look tired. For men in their 50, 60s and up, they usually need a more extensive facelift with eyelid surgery,” he stated.
At present, the top surgical procedures for men are rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty, necklifts, chin or submental liposuction, blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery for fatty bags, and facelifts. Chin and jawline implants, fat grafting, and laser resurfacing for acne scars are also quite popular among male patients.
“The challenge for men in the Middle East is to find the time out of their business or work and travel schedules to have a proper surgery,” he explained.
Many men want treatments similar to the ones requested by his female patients, but still he approaches the aesthetic procedures differently.
“Because men have thicker, oilier skin, more hair follicles, and tend to bleed and bruise more than women, I am particularly careful to incorporate the most advanced technology into my surgeries so that their healing and recovery times are faster.”
But the most significant increase that took place in the last year, both in the Middle East and globally, has been in the number of requests for minimally-invasive procedures.
“I see more and more men coming into my clinics for botox for forehead wrinkles and fat grafting and fillers for acne scars and volume restoration for a more youthful appearance,” added Dr Risk.