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Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men in UK

According to the latest report of British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), men now represent 7% of all cosmetic surgery procedures, showcasing a dramatic 118% increase from 2021. This surge in interest is not limited to a single type of procedure; rather, it spans a variety of surgeries. The most sought-after procedures among men include rhinoplasty, with a 45% increase, chest reduction, which has seen a staggering 158% rise, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), up by 105%, liposuction, with a 150% surge, and otoplasty (ear correction), experiencing a 72% increase.

This trend underscores a growing acceptance and desire among men to pursue aesthetic enhancements. In this blog, Chester Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna will discuss the specifics of the UK’s most popular plastic surgery procedures for men.

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Rise in Demand for Male Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is no longer a domain exclusive to women. In recent years, there has been a noticeable uptick in the number of men turning to cosmetic procedures to enhance their physical appearance.

Statistics on the Growing Popularity of Plastic Surgery among Men

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has provided compelling statistics that illustrate this trend vividly. Men now account for 7% of all cosmetic surgery procedures, marking an impressive 118% increase from 2021. Among the most popular procedures, rhinoplasty saw a 45% increase, chest reduction surged by 158%, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) rose by 105%, liposuction increased by 150%, and otoplasty (ear correction) went up by 72%. These figures underscore a significant shift towards male cosmetic surgery, highlighting the growing demand and acceptance of such procedures among men.

Factors Contributing to This Trend

Several factors contribute to the rising popularity of plastic surgery among men, including:

  • Social Media Influence: The pervasive presence of social media platforms has played a pivotal role in shaping perceptions of beauty and success. Constant exposure to idealised images of masculinity and physical appearance can prompt individuals to seek cosmetic surgery to achieve a similar look or to enhance their online presence.
  • Celebrity Influence: High-profile male celebrities openly discussing their cosmetic procedures have also contributed to the normalisation and acceptance of plastic surgery among men. This openness has helped demystify the process and made it more accessible in the public eye.
  • Professional and Personal Benefits: Many men view cosmetic surgery as a means to gain a competitive edge in the workplace or to improve their personal lives. The desire for a more youthful appearance, to appear more dynamic, or to align their physical appearance with their self-image can drive men towards considering cosmetic procedures.
  • Technological Advancements: The continuous advancements in cosmetic surgery techniques and technologies have made procedures safer, less invasive, and with shorter recovery times. This progress has made plastic surgery a more appealing option for men who might have been hesitant in the past due to concerns about downtime and risks.

Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men in UK

In the landscape of male cosmetic surgery, certain procedures have surged in popularity, reflecting the diverse aesthetic goals and concerns of men today. From refining facial features to sculpting the body, these surgeries offer impressive outcomes that can significantly impact an individual’s self-perception and confidence. Here’s a closer look at the most popular procedures among men, shedding light on what they entail and why they’re in high demand:

Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as nose reshaping surgery, is a procedure designed to alter the shape, size, or proportions of the nose. It can address a range of concerns, from aesthetic issues like bumps, asymmetry, or size, to functional problems such as breathing difficulties due to structural defects.

The nose is a central feature of the face, and even minor adjustments can dramatically enhance facial harmony and balance. For many men, rhinoplasty offers a way to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing nose that complements their facial features, boosting their confidence and self-image. Additionally, the ability to correct breathing issues makes this procedure doubly appealing, combining cosmetic and health benefits.

Gynaecomastia Surgery (Male Breast Reduction)

Gynaecomastia surgery addresses the condition of enlarged male breasts, which can result from hormonal imbalances, genetics, obesity, or the use of certain medications. The procedure involves liposuction to remove excess fat and, if necessary, the excision of glandular tissue to create a flatter, more traditionally masculine chest contour.

The emotional and psychological impact of gynaecomastia can be profound, affecting self-esteem, social interactions, and physical comfort. Men who undergo this surgery often report a significant improvement in their quality of life, as it allows them to feel more confident in their appearance and engage in activities they might have previously avoided due to embarrassment or discomfort.


Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that removes excess fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, and back. It involves the insertion of a thin tube, or cannula, through small incisions to loosen and vacuum out fat. The procedure can sculpt more defined body contours and is often combined with other surgeries for enhanced results.

The appeal of liposuction lies in its ability to target stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. For many men, achieving a toned, athletic appearance is a key aesthetic goal, and liposuction offers a direct route to this outcome. Its versatility and effectiveness in refining body contours make it a popular choice among men seeking to enhance their physical appearance and confidence.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, and is designed to remove excess skin, fat, and muscle to correct droopy eyelids and under-eye bags. This surgery can rejuvenate the eye area, making you look more rested and alert.

The eyes are often the first area to show signs of ageing, and changes in this area can significantly affect one’s overall appearance. Eyelid surgery is popular among men because it offers a relatively straightforward solution to refresh and rejuvenate the face, contributing to a more youthful, energetic look. The procedure’s ability to improve vision obscured by drooping eyelids further adds to its appeal.

Ear Correction (Otoplasty)

Otoplasty is aimed at reshaping the ears, typically to reduce their prominence or to correct deformities. The procedure involves sculpting the cartilage to achieve the desired shape and position, often bringing the ears closer to the head or reducing their size.

Ears that protrude or are misshapen can be a source of self-consciousness from a young age. Ear correction surgery offers a permanent solution to these concerns, leading to improved self-esteem and freedom from the psychological burden of feeling the need to hide one’s ears. Its popularity stems from the profound impact it can have on an individual’s confidence and social interactions.

These procedures represent the foundation of male cosmetic surgery, each addressing specific aesthetic or functional concerns with the potential to significantly enhance quality of life. As societal norms continue to evolve, the demand for these surgeries among men is likely to grow, reflecting a broader acceptance of cosmetic enhancement as a legitimate choice for anyone seeking to improve their appearance and self-confidence.

FAQs about Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men

FAQs Anca Breahna

How long is the recovery period for male plastic surgery procedures?

  • The recovery period varies depending on the specific procedure. For example, rhinoplasty requires a recovery time of about 1-2 weeks before returning to work, with full activities resuming after 3-6 weeks. Gynaecomastia surgery recovery may involve 1-2 weeks off work, with several weeks before resuming vigorous exercise. Liposuction recovery can range from a few days to 2 weeks for return to work, depending on the extent of the procedure. Eyelid surgery usually has a recovery time of about 1-2 weeks, and otoplasty patients often return to work or school within a week. It’s important to follow Anca’s specific advice for the best recovery outcome.

Are the results of these surgeries permanent?

  • Yes, the results of these surgeries can be long-lasting, provided you maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle. Rhinoplasty results are permanent, as are the results of gynaecomastia surgery, otoplasty, and blepharoplasty. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells from the treated area, but significant weight gain can affect the overall appearance. It’s crucial to have realistic expectations and understand that natural ageing will continue to affect your appearance over time.

What are the risks associated with male plastic surgery?

  • As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, including infection, bleeding, scarring, and adverse reactions to anaesthesia. Specific procedures carry their own set of potential complications. For instance, rhinoplasty may result in breathing difficulties or the need for a revision surgery. Gynaecomastia surgery could lead to contour irregularities or asymmetry. It’s essential to discuss all potential risks with Anca prior to the surgery.

Can these procedures be combined?

  • Yes, it’s common for patients to combine procedures to achieve superior results. For example, liposuction is often performed in conjunction with gynaecomastia surgery to enhance the chest contour. Combining procedures can also be cost-effective and reduce overall recovery time compared to having surgeries separately. However, the decision to combine surgeries should be made carefully with Anca, considering your health, goals, and the specifics of each procedure.

How do I choose the right surgeon for my procedure?

  • Choosing the right surgeon is essential for achieving the best results and ensuring your safety. Look for a plastic surgeon with extensive experience in male plastic surgery. Check their credentials, review before-and-after photos of their work, and read patient reviews. It’s also important to have a consultation to discuss your goals, ask questions, and ensure you feel comfortable with their approach and communication style.

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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



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  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

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Please call to find out more about availability, pricing and medical payment plans or to request more information about the procedure, contact us.

How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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