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Why men are paying the price of perfection

Cosmetic surgery procedures can give natural-looking results with quick recovery times. No wonder so many of us are going under the knife - but it will cost you

  • By Saadiya Ahmed for alpha. magazine
  • Published: 00:00 May 1, 2012
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Man getting surgery
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  • Men are increasingly relying on the surgeon's knife to get the perfect face and body.

Hair transplant using the FUE Technique

Description: The FUE Method of Hair Transplantation, explains Anisa Vrabac, operations manager at the Hair Transplant department of Dubai Cosmetic Surgery, is a minimally invasive procedure which leaves no visible scars. Step one, she says, involves a detailed consultation with the patient about the area to be treated and this is marked accordingly. "In step two, the hair is cut short and local anaesthesia is applied," she says. "Next is the harvesting, which is essentially the mechanical (automated) removal of individual hair grafts from the back of the head which are then properly placed and dissected into micro grafts to be used when required." In the final step small incisions are made in the areas where the grafts will be placed. "These grafts are simply placed in their correct positions one by one until the entire area has been filled with hair," she says, adding this can take between three to 12 hours.

Downtime: No pain, only mild swelling which subsides within a few days. The patient may return to work within one or two days.

Results: Results can be seen immediately and final results will be obvious within six months. "Since the hair from the back of the head is genetically programmed differently from the hair at the top of the head, it is expected to be permanent and never fall out," she says.

Price: Depending on the number of grafts used, between Dh15,000 to Dh40,000

Contact: Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, 04-348-5575 

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Blepharoplasty (eyelid/eye bag surgery)

Description: For the upper eyelid, excess skin is removed, creating a more youthful eyelid fold, while for puffy eye bags, a small incision is made on the lower eyelid on the lash line, and the excess protruding fat is removed. The procedure takes up to two hours and is performed under sedation.

Downtime: Stitches are removed after four days and most patients take one week off from work to recover from some swelling and bruising.

Results: "This surgery is extremely popular because it refreshes ‘tired eyes', making them look more youthful," Dr Viel says, as it takes the heaviness away from the upper eyelid. When eye bags are removed, eyes look much more open.

Price: From Dh19,000

Contact: LCAS, 04-375 2393


Description: In this 15-minute treatment, Botox is injected into the muscles that control certain facial expressions and cause unflattering lines, such as the muscles around the eyes that make crow's feet, says Dr Viel. "To alleviate the lines caused by repetitive movements such as squinting and frowning, we stop the muscles or weaken their movement with the use of Botox."

Downtime: There is tolerable pain.

Results: The results will be apparent after three to five days and include fewer lines and wrinkles on the face, creating a smoother and more youthful look.

Price: Dh1,400 for one area; Dh1,800 for two areas such as forehead and eyes

Contact: LCAS, 04-375-2393

MACS facelift

Description: According to Dr Maurizio Viel, plastic surgeon at the London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery (LCAS), this two-to-three-hour procedure is performed under sedation and lifts the lower two-thirds of the face vertically, creating a natural look, with most of the incisions hidden in the hairline.

Downtime: Most patients take a week off from work and must wear a compression garment around the face for three to four days; stitches are removed after one week.

Results: The patient looks refreshed; youthful contours are visible again - the jawline looks more defined and the sagging cheeks are no longer there.

Price: Dh40,000

Contact: LCAS, 04-375-2393

Gynaecomastia surgery

Description: Used to correct ‘man boobs' and performed under local anaesthetic, this procedure involves a small incision being made and fat in the breast area being removed by liposuction. Another small incision can be made below the nipple to remove the gland. Sometimes there is a large amount of breast tissue with excess skin that requires a bigger procedure to remove the gland and skin and the scar will be around the areola area.

Downtime: Two to three days off work; patients must avoid exercising for two weeks and wear a compression garment for three weeks. Pain medication is required for a few days.

Results: Breast-removal results in a more contoured chest.

Price: Dh12,000 to Dh18,000

Contact: Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic Transformation, 04-394-1090

Pectoral and biceps augmentation

Description: Performed under general anaesthesia in approximately 90 minutes, Dr Sanjay Parashar, specialist plastic surgeon and director at Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic Transformation, explains that a cut is made in the underarm area and a space is created under the pectoral muscle for pectoral augmentation and under the biceps muscle for biceps augmentation. "Then a custom-sized silicone implant is inserted under the muscle to enhance its size and definition," he says.

Downtime: The patient must rest for five to six days and avoid exercise for four weeks. Also pain medications will be required for four to five days and the patient must wear a compression garment for approximately three weeks.

Result: Enhanced and augmented chest and biceps muscles.

Price: Dh28,000 to Dh32,000

Contact: Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic Transformation, 04-394-1090

High definition liposculpture

Description: Extra fat is removed from the tummy and waistline to create a nice abdominal silhouette and enhance the underlying muscle which will create a six-pack that is otherwise covered by a layer of fat, says Dr Parashar. "The procedure takes up to one-and-a-half hours and requires local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthesia," he says.

Downtime: The patient will need two days of rest and ten days off exercise. Pain medication is needed for three to four days and the patient must wear a compression garment for approximately three weeks.

Results: A V-shaped waistline along with muscle definition in the tummy and six-packs in individuals with good muscle tone.

Price: Dh20,000 to Dh35,000

Contact: Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic Transformation, 04-394-1090

Penile Enlargement

Description: "In this two-hour procedure performed under sedation, fat is harvested from another part of the body - usually the abdomen - and is prepared before the surgeon injects this into the penis which will increase the girth," explains Dr Viel.

Downtime: No exercise for one week in the case of girth enlargement; or one month in the case of lengthening. No sexual intercourse for three to four weeks. The patient can return to work after one week.

Results: An increase of the girth/circumference from the additional fat that has been added between the skin and the muscle of the penis. The result of lengthening is that the penis hangs longer when flaccid although this makes no difference to the length when erect.

Price: Enlargement Dh24,500; lengthening Dh26,600

Contact: LCAS, 04-375-2393

Comments (7)

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  1. Added 11:30 May 19, 2012

    Interesting article. This article would make every second man want or at least wish they could do such procedures. Now let's get real. There are many other articles in the media which talk about unexpected fatalities caused during certain cosmetic procedures, and the long term side effects of any cosmetic procedure. Though this article looks good and can support a great fantasy idea, I would advise all readers, that before they embark on a journey to uplift themselves cosmetically, they should read and learn about the cosmetic procedure, because there are more cons than pros in such procedures. For all readers, everyone of you are unique, it is your belief in yourself that makes you beautiful. The beauty mentioned in this article, is more about the perspective of the masses, which has and will always change with time... bottom line, no matter what you do, you will not become Brad Pitt and vice versa.

    Jason, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 09:47 May 17, 2012

    This world is turning into destruction.

    Rima , RAK, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 10:36 May 16, 2012

    I believe that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. These surgeries may make you look young and beautiful but the fact remains the same. "You are getting old" and getting old is not a crime, it is natural. It is a normal process. So be bold enough to face life and the changes that it brings to you. Live a healthy life, exercise and be happy. Be proud to be old.

    Rose, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:39 May 15, 2012

    Allah gives you the share, you look good, why use your money for things that you can make by yourself by doing exercise and eating healthy food. Use that money to help needy people and children dying because of lack of food and water.

    Woooow, Dubai, Liberia

  5. Added 14:15 May 15, 2012

    These procedures, although the opposite is said, always have some kind of after effects. It could be in a short time or long time. These are I would term 'fraud to the human body'; an unprofitable investment. And doctors who claim to do a good job just fool people. In the Middle East, especially places like Dubai, Qatar etc, people spend a lot of money to look good in the competitive society and hence so-called doctors come here to fool people and rip them off money. STAY AWAY is my advice. Regular exercise and a good diet and get all of this naturally.

    Dr. Trevor J. Campbell, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:10 May 15, 2012

    There is nothing better than to look at your face in the mirror and say "الحمد لله" "Thanks God". Every stage of life has its beauty and we should feel it with our physical and moral body changes, it is not nice to be a grandma wearing the face of a lady of "30s or 40".Llet us be logical and think about our real feelings when we try to play the role of the advisor in the family, looking aged makes everyone respect you and accept your advice but in the body of a doll, no one will give you importance. I believe that we should take care of ourselves by exercising, massaging, looking neat, eating healthy, sleeping well and avoiding alcohol and smoking. I don't agree to spend these big amounts in something like this. We work hard to afford good education and life for our wards. Those who have extra money should think about helping poor children by providing them with these amounts in order to educate them and feed them.

    Bahija Ziati, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 10:40 May 9, 2012

    Simply eat well, stay healthy, exercise regularly, be happy, and you will always look young and sexy! I honestly don't think it would make a person any better if they look artificial!

    Khaled, AD, United Arab Emirates

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