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Cosmetic surgery for men

Men account for around 1 in 10 cosmetic surgery procedures.

According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons' (BAAPS) figures in 2014, the top plastic surgery procedures for men are:

Like an operation, cosmetic surgery carries risks, including infection, and the chance that the results won't live up to expectations.

Are you a good candidate for a cosmetic procedure?

Generally speaking, you are a good candidate for cosmetic surgery if you are close to your ideal body weight, a non-smoker, and are emotionally and socially in good shape. You should be exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It's generally wise for men to have fewer than two alcoholic drinks a day, and to limit your caffeine. Alcohol is a mild blood thinner, and caffeine can slightly raise blood pressure, so cutting back on both is a good idea before surgery. Finally, you must understand and accept the disadvantages of cosmetic surgery such as cost, inconvenience, discomfort, and medical risk.

It's important to have realistic expectations. Cosmetic surgery cannot change your life or make you 20 years younger. Moreover, if you smoke or drink a lot, you face a higher risk of complications and the results from a cosmetic procedure may not last as long as you'd like.

You may be a poor candidate for cosmetic surgery if you have serious health problems such as:

If you suffer from any of these health problems - or if you smoke or drink alcohol excessively - you face a higher risk of complications. Some surgeons insist that smokers give up for two to four weeks prior to surgery and remain smoke-free for two to four weeks after surgery. This helps proper healing and recovery.

Make sure you give your surgeon a complete medical history, including medication taken, such as aspirin, vitamins, hormones and herbal compounds and supplements. These products can interfere with blood clotting or with other medication used during surgery.

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on April 26, 2016

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