male facelift

There has been a significant increase in the number of men undergoing cosmetic surgery in recent years. However, few studies have been carried out to determine how effective it is.

The only study to be conducted has revealed that a male facelift can increase the attractiveness and trustworthiness of patients.

Here, we’ll look at what the study found and what men need to know about undergoing a facelift procedure.

Can a facelift really boost trustworthiness?

According to a study in 2019, a facelift does increase the perception of trustworthiness in men. Carried out by the Georgetown University Medical Center, the study was the first of its kind to look into how cosmetic surgery influences perception over men’s characteristics.

The study included 24 men who underwent facial cosmetic surgery. Procedures carried out include an upper eyelid lift, brow lift, nose reshaping, chin implants and a facelift. Photos from before and after the procedure were then shown to over 150 participants. They weren’t told the purpose of the study and they were asked to rate how they perceived each patient’s personality and appearance.

The men who underwent chin augmentation were the only ones not to have been perceived as more attractive in the after pictures.  However, those who underwent a facelift were viewed as more trustworthy, likeable and attractive.

What does the procedure involve?

Facelifts are one of the most common procedures carried out in the male cosmetic surgery market. They can really help patients to look up to 10 years younger, depending upon the severity of ageing signs on the face.

The technique used during a male facelift is different from that used on women. This is because the bone structure of the face is different. As men have a shorter hairline, the surgeon will usually aim to carry out the incision behind or inside the ear.

Like women, men can lose a lot of volume in the face as they age. Therefore, a facelift tends to include volume restoration. The procedure may also be combined with other minimally invasive procedures for best results. For example, the eyelids or chin may also require a little work.

The actual procedure that will be used will be discussed with you during your consultation. Each patient is unique so the surgeon will ensure the procedure is tailored to match your own requirements.

Who is an ideal candidate for a male facelift?

Men who are in good physical health and who have visible signs of ageing would be ideal candidates for facelift surgery. Ideally, you should also still have some level of elasticity in the skin.

Your bone structure can also play a part in results. If you have what is referred to as a ‘weak chin’, for example, you may need chin augmentation before undergoing a facelift.

Overall, a male facelift can be a very effective procedure. The 2019 study shows that it can impact people’s perception of attractiveness and trustworthiness. However, it’s important that men choose to undergo a facelift for themselves, rather than to impress others. It is a major step to go under the knife, so you need to make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.

Southampton eyelid lift

When you’re thinking about undergoing cosmetic surgery to achieve a more youthful look, a full facelift might seem like the obvious option. However, did you know you can achieve a dramatic transformation with a less extensive procedure?

Here, we’ll look at 3 small tweaks you can make to the face that will make a big difference.

  1. Blepharoplasty

The eyes are one of the first areas of the face to show the signs of ageing. If you suffer from droopy or heavy eyelids, it can make the entire face appear tired or cross. That’s where a blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, can prove useful.

This procedure aims to give the eyes a more youthful look. It can be performed on the upper, lower or both eyelids. The surgeon will make an incision across the crease of the eyelid. Then, excess skin and fat can be trimmed off and the area will be tightened. It takes approximately one to two hours to complete.

  1. Neck lift

When you’re trying to look younger, it’s easy to forget about the signs of ageing on the neck. Over time, the skin can start to sag and wrinkle. If you purely treat the face and not the neck, you could still end up looking older.

A neck lift can eliminate the signs of sagging and reduce any lines or wrinkles in the area. The muscles are typically adjusted before the skin is tightened. If additional fat does need to be removed, the surgeon will combine the neck lift with liposuction. Overall, this is a relatively straightforward procedure which can take from two to four hours to complete depending upon what is being done.

  1. Chin augmentation

Chin augmentation is becoming increasingly popular as an anti-ageing technique. If the chin is out of alignment with the jaw, or misshaped, it can really impact the overall aesthetics of the face.

You have two options with chin augmentation. You can choose to have an implant inserted into the chin to provide additional fullness. Or, you can have the chin moved slightly to improve alignment. The latter is a more invasive procedure.

With chin implants, a small incision will be made, usually underneath the chin. The implant will then be inserted. The implant is tailored to you specifically to ensure natural-looking results.

Chin surgery, or genioplasty, involves an incision being made inside the lower lip or underneath the chin. The surgeon then moves the chin bone to a different position, securing it with metal plates and screws of necessary. Sometimes this type of surgery is also carried out with a rhinoplasty procedure for best results. The surgeon will be able to tell you which procedure best meets your needs.

These are just three targeted procedures you can benefit from when looking to achieve a younger look. Before opting for a total facelift, it’s worth seeing if a more targeted procedure could provide you with the same results.


If you’re thinking of undergoing liposuction, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the procedure. Like all procedures, lipo does come with some risks and limitations. There are also different types of liposuction you can undergo too.

Here are some lipo facts you might not be aware of, although to help you fully understand the procedure – what it can achieve and what it can’t – it’s best to book a consultation with body contouring surgeon Mr Nigel Horlock where he will ensure you’re fully informed.

  1. It cannot be used to treat obesity: A common reason people want to undergo liposuction is to lose weight. However, the procedure isn’t suitable for weight loss, and it especially can’t be used to treat obesity. This is because it only removes a small portion of fat. Therefore, it is largely recommended as a contouring treatment. It’s extremely useful for removing pockets of fat that are resistant against diet and exercise. So, if you have a lot of weight to lose, it’s recommended you lose it before undergoing the procedure. It should also never be used as a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise routine.
  1. It provides permanent results: Did you know that the results of liposuction are permanent? After undergoing treatment in an area of the body, it won’t generate new fat cells. However, you can still put on weight in other areas. So, if you continue to lead an unhealthy lifestyle, you’ll find the fat gets distributed slightly differently in the body.
  1. It can be used to sculpt any area of the body: Liposuction can reshape the body, removing those stubborn pockets of fat that many of us find are resistant to diet and exercise. This can include a double chin, back or bra fat, bingo wings, male breasts, love handles, the belly, muffin top, the outer thighs or saddlebags and inner thighs.
  1. Minimally invasive techniques are often used: The way in which liposuction is performed has changed dramatically over the years. These days surgeons follow minimally invasive techniques. This means the recovery and risks of the procedure are reduced. The techniques used are also continually advancing. So, it’s likely the procedure will become even less invasive over the next decade.
  1. It benefits from a short recovery time: One of the great things about liposuction is that it now boasts a short recovery time. Most patients find they can return to work after a couple of days. You should also be able to return to exercise within two to four weeks.

It’s important to follow the aftercare advice provided to ensure you recover at the fastest rate. You’ll also find recovery times will vary depending upon where the procedure was performed.

These are just 5 facts to know about this common procedure. Before undergoing liposuction, it’s important to have a consultation. This gives you the opportunity to find out what to expect. It also allows you to learn more about the risks, recovery time and the results you can expect to see.

cosmetic surgery demand

The latest figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has revealed an overall drop in procedures. However, some treatments still remain popular despite the dwindling numbers.

Body contouring surgery has proven to be one of the biggest in-demand procedures currently carried out. Popular with both men and women, it was one of the few treatments which experienced an increase in figures.

Here, we’ll look at the latest figures released by the BAAPS and why body contouring is still very much in demand.

Understanding the latest cosmetic surgery figures

The latest figures show that there was a total of 27,000 procedures carried out in the UK in 2019. This sees a 7.5% decrease in overall procedures compared to the year before. Women accounted for 92% of procedures, while men accounted for just 8% of the total.

The most popular procedures in women included breast augmentation, breast reduction and abdominoplasty. However, despite their continued popularity, breast augmentation saw a decrease of 11% and breast reductions saw a fall of 2%. Abdominoplasty was the only procedure out of the three to see an increase of 7%.

For men, a lower body lift was the most popular procedure, up by 88% from the year before. Other popular treatments include Botox and fillers, helping to provide a younger appearance without going under the knife.

These figures clearly show body contouring surgery is the preferred treatment for both men and women.

The popularity of body contouring procedures

There are a few reasons why body contouring procedures remain popular despite falling figures. The majority of body contouring procedures are minimally invasive. Reduced recovery times and more precise results attract thousands of patients to these procedures.

In recent years, there has been a shift to more natural-looking cosmetic surgery results. Body contouring procedures give patients the natural results they’re looking for. While they can’t drastically change their appearance, they can certainly enhance it.

Another contributing factor behind the rise in body contouring procedures is that it is virtually painless. Newer methods are being continuously introduced, allowing treatments to be carried out quickly and painlessly.

The rise of the lower body lift and abdominoplasty

Two body contouring procedures which have experienced the biggest increase in popularity are the lower body lift and abdominoplasty. A lower body lift aims to tighten and sculpt the thighs, buttocks, abdomen and hips. It is a more intensive procedure than other body contouring methods and it produces fantastic results. Abdominoplasty procedures focus solely on the tummy area, helping to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat while tightening up the tummy muscles.

These days, there are a lot of different body contouring procedures available. If you’re considering undergoing a body contouring procedure, it’s worth booking a consultation with an experienced surgeon. This will help you to establish which procedure is right for you, alongside giving you the opportunity to learn more about the results you can expect. No cosmetic procedure should be undertaken lightly so always do your research before deciding if it’s right for you.

cosmetic surgery results

Whether you’re looking to undergo cosmetic surgery, or you’ve recently had a procedure, you may be wondering how weight gain or loss could impact the results. While the answer largely depends upon a number of individual factors, the truth is any change in weight can impact the results.

Here, you’ll discover how weight fluctuations could impact your cosmetic surgery.

Weight gain after plastic surgery

If you’re undergoing procedures such as liposuction, a tummy tuck or a breast reduction procedure, weight gain could impact the results.

With liposuction, results are classed as permanent due to the fact that fat cells don’t grow back. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t gain weight. You’ll still gain fat if you eat an unhealthy diet for example. So, if you do experience weight gain, it will simply distribute in different parts of the body.

If you’ve undergone a breast reduction, it’s possible the extra weight you gain will distribute within the breasts. You’ll also find if you get pregnant, the breast tissue will grow, causing the breasts to enlarge.

Buttock fat transfer results can also be impacted by weight gain. After undergoing the procedure, the area treated will still react to weight gain in the same way it did before. For this reason, patients are advised to maintain a consistent weight after the procedure has been performed.

Finally, with a tummy tuck, there’s a certain amount of weight you can gain before it impacts results. Those with a larger frame will typically get away with gaining up to 15 pounds before it shows. However, someone with a smaller frame will find a 10-15-pound weight gain more noticeable.

Weight loss after cosmetic surgery

Just like weight gain, weight loss can also impact the results of cosmetic surgery. Therefore, patients who are planning on losing a lot of weight should do so before they undergo any procedure.

If you’ve undergone a procedure to remove fat, for example, any further weight loss could warp your new appearance. So, if you do want to lose weight after surgery, it’s recommended you do so gradually. Avoid fad diets and excessive exercise routines. If you lose weight at a slower pace, it’s not going show up so significantly in your results.

Factors to consider

Ideally, you’ll want to discuss weight gain and weight loss with the surgeon during your consultation. They will be able to advise you how it would impact the results of the procedure.

Generally speaking, the slower the change in weight, the less impact it’s going to have on your cosmetic surgery results. If you are planning on losing weight, it’s much better to do it before going under the knife. No procedure should be used for weight loss purposes.

Instead, procedures such as liposuction are typically used to contour the body to create the perfect shape.

When you’ve spent a lot of money on the right procedure, you’ll obviously want to maintain the results for as long as possible. Understanding how weight fluctuations could impact the results is therefore important before you go under the knife.

Capsular Contracture risk

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures that has been carried out for decades. While its safety has been dramatically improved over the years, there are still risks patients need to be aware of before they undergo the procedure.

Capsular contracture is one of the main complications that can occur after breast augmentation. Here, you’ll discover what capsular contracture is and whether it’s possible to prevent it from occurring.

What is capsular contracture?

When you have any kind of implant inserted into the body, it naturally causes a capsular to develop as part of the healing process. A capsular is a build-up of scar tissue, caused when the body detects a foreign object. The scar tissue acts as a barrier around the implant, which can actually be beneficial in terms of keeping breast implants in place.

Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue unusually hardens and contracts against the implant. If this occurs, it can cause the aesthetics of the breasts to change, as well as lead to pain in the breasts in severe cases.

There are different grades of capsular contractor, ranging from grade 1 to grade 4. Grade 1 capsular contracture is the mildest form, often presenting no symptoms. With grade 2, there may be minor cosmetic symptoms, while grade 3 presents more noticeable aesthetic changes. Grad 4 is the most severe, causing the breasts to become misshapen and hard. Patients who experience a grade 4 capsular contracture tend to also suffer breast soreness and tenderness.

What causes it?

There is no known exact cause of capsular contracture, although experts do have a few theories. What should be stressed, is that the complication isn’t caused due to dangerous or toxic implants. It occurs in all types of implants, so it isn’t strictly an issue with breast augmentation.

It is thought that genetics could play a role, alongside a bacteria layer known as Biofilm. The latter can cause a low-grade infection in the area, potentially leading to a hardening of the scar tissue.

However, sometimes the cause isn’t known, and capsular contracture can occur randomly in patients. It is worth noting here, however, that it is rare, and most patients experience either grade 1 or grade 2 cases.

Is capsular contracture preventable?

While it isn’t possible to prevent capsular contracture in every single patient, there are some measures that can be taken to minimise the risk. A new experimental study has shown that Omega 3 fatty acids could help with capsular contracture prevention.

The study, published within the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal in March 2020, was carried out on mice. It was discovered that mice which were fed Omega 3 fatty acids, developed less capsule formation around implants. It is thought this is down to fewer collagen deposits.

While the study does prove promising, it isn’t guaranteed to prevent every case of capsular contracture. Other potential preventative measures include thoroughly screening patients, using the correct size implant and minimising implant handling.


tummy tuck options

Tummy tuck procedures are extremely popular, but there is no one-size-fits-all tummy tuck. These days, patients have a number of options over the type of tummy tuck they want to undergo.

Here, we’ll look at the different types of tummy tucks on offer and how to decide which one is right for you.

What is a tummy tuck procedure?

Weight fluctuations, pregnancy and even the ageing process can all affect the appearance of the abdomen. Sagging skin, excess fat, lack of muscle tone can be treated with a tummy tuck, medically known as an abdominoplasty.

There are numerous types of tummy tuck procedures available, each aimed at targeting different areas. Whichever procedure you choose, it can help to tighten up the abdomen, leaving you with flatter, more defined results.

What different types are available?

In order to achieve the results, you’re expecting, you’ll need to make sure you’re choosing the right type of tummy tuck. Your main options include:

  • Mini tummy tuck
  • Standard with or without muscle repair
  • Extended tummy tuck
  • Circumferential tummy tuck
  • Fleur de lis tummy tuck

A standard or full tummy tuck is still the most common procedure carried out. It focuses on improving the entire abdomen area, helping to remove saggy skin and, if required, tighten the abdominal wall muscles which can become stretched. A lengthy incision is made across the abdomen just above the pubic area and Mr Nigel Horlock can target the full length of the abdomen.

With a mini tummy tuck, it tends to focus on the part of the abdomen just below your navel. A single incision is made before the skin is smoothed down and adjusted. It can also address muscle tightness in this area, yet it doesn’t produce the same extensive results as a full tummy tuck.

An extended tummy tuck is carried out to remove excess skin and fat on the hips and flanks. It tends to involve quite a large incision and this allows Mr Horlock to remove and smooth down large areas of skin easily. It is usually combined with liposuction for the best results.

A circumferential abdominoplasty, also known as a belt lipectomy, recontours the whole trunk. As well as treating the abdomen and flanks, it also excises excess skin on the lower back and lifts the buttocks. It is most commonly performed on patients that have lost a massive amount of weight, often as a result of bariatric surgery.

A fleur de lis tummy tuck is similar to a standard tummy tuck, but gets its name from the shape of the incision that Mr Horlock makes. A panel of skin is removed that is shaped like the three petals of the fleur de lis and it is particularly suited to those that have an extreme amount of excess skin removed. Underlying excess fat can be removed and muscles repaired if required and then the remaining skin is pulled together to produce a more shapely contour to the abdomen.

Which is the most effective?

All of the tummy tuck procedures on offer can be extremely effective. However, you’ll need to ensure you’re choosing the right one to fit your needs.

Think about how much excess skin you have and the amount of tightening that the abdomen needs. You’ll also want to consider the type of scar you’re happy with. The mini tummy tuck produces the least noticeable scarring, hiding the incision within the bikini line. A full tummy tuck produces a larger scar, but the extended tummy tuck will leave you with the most noticeable scarring.

Mr Horlock will be able to recommend which tummy tuck procedure is best for you during your consultation. He will take into account the results you’re hoping to achieve, alongside the severity of the excess skin and fat. Sometimes, liposuction is also carried out alongside the tummy tuck for best results.

Book a consultation today to see which Southampton tummy tuck procedure would be most effective for you.

facelift surgery

The expected cosmetic trends for 2020 have been released by The Aesthetic Society, and it appears the facelift is making a comeback.

While facelifts have always been one of the more popular procedures carried out, this year is set to see a rise in the number of patients requesting them. Here, we’ll look at why the facelift is set to experience a comeback and the other procedures set to feature heavily throughout the year.

Why is there set to be a rise in facelift procedures?

Traditional facelift procedures have decreased in popularity in recent years. This has been down to newer, less invasive treatments being offered. Numerous treatments such as wrinkle treatments and fillers have proven successful at reducing lines and wrinkles quickly and virtually painlessly.

However, while these non-invasive treatments can produce fantastic short-term results, they really don’t compare to those experienced via a traditional facelift. Patients are starting to realise that these treatments are more of an enhancement than a replacement for surgery.

The biggest improvements come from a cheek and a neck lift, provided they are performed correctly.

What does a facelift involve?

There are actually numerous different types of facelifts you can undergo. However, a traditional facelift will involve making an incision within the hairline, before the skin is separated from the tissue underneath. Excess fat is removed, and the facial muscles are tightened. When carried out by an experienced surgeon, it can make you look up to 10 years younger.

After the surgery, your face will need to be wrapped with bandages in order to promote wound healing and prevent infection. These are typically removed before you leave the hospital. You’ll also have drains situated behind the ears to collect excess fluid and blood.

Other methods include keyhole surgery which is typically used for things such as a brow lift. This involves making small incisions then using a telescopic camera inserted into them to show which muscles need to be tightened and where excess fat needs to be removed.

What other procedures are set to be big this year?

As well as facelifts, The Aesthetic Society also predicts some other procedures set to be huge this year. They include:

  • The daddy makeover
  • Baby Botox
  • Non-invasive treatments

More men than ever before are choosing to go under the knife to improve their appearance. This year, it is thought that liposuction and male breast reduction will be particularly popular.

Baby Botox is a type of targeted Botox treatment which results in much more natural results. Only small amounts of Botox are injected into targeted areas of the face. There is also set to be a boom in non-invasive procedures due to advancements in technology.

Overall, patients looking to turn back the clock would do well to consider undergoing a facelift procedure. You can book a consultation today to discuss your facelift options and identify the best technique to match your requirements. In terms of long-lasting results, traditional facelifts are much more effective than non-invasive treatments.

tummy tuck faqs

Tummy tucks are a very common cosmetic procedure, designed to flatten and tone the abdominal area. Carried out for decades, this surgical procedure remains one of the most popular treatments today. However, before you rush in and have a tummy tuck, it’s worth doing your research to learn more about the procedure.

Here, you’ll discover some of the most common tummy tuck FAQs to help you decide whether or not it’s the right option for you.

Tummy Tuck FAQs: What happens during a tummy tuck?

The tummy tuck procedure can vary between surgeons. However, generally, excess fat and skin are removed before the abdominal muscles are tightened. Sometimes liposuction may be used alongside the tummy tuck procedure for best results.

Sutures are used to tighten up the muscles, while excess skin can be repositioned. The procedure itself takes around two to three hours.

Tummy Tuck FAQs: What kind of results can you expect?

Initially, you might not see the results due to swelling and bruising. However, after a couple of weeks, you should notice your tummy looks much flatter and firmer.

If you’ve had previous abdominal surgery, it may impact the results of the procedure. Other factors will also determine the results, such as the amount of fat and excess skin needing to be removed. Your surgeon will advise you of the results you can expect during your consultation.

Tummy Tuck FAQs: What are the risks and complications?

Like any cosmetic procedure, there are some risks and complications of a tummy tuck you need to be aware of. Infection and bleeding are two of the most common risks. However, the techniques used by the surgeon are designed to minimise these risks.

Other common risks include a fluid build-up under the skin, unexpected scarring, poor healing of the wound and a change in skin sensation. There is also a chance you could develop blood clots in the legs. Your surgeon should talk you through the full list of risks and complications during your consultation.

Tummy Tuck FAQs: What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?

You will need to take at least a week off work after the surgery. However, you may be advised to walk around up to three times each day. This helps with blood circulation, avoiding the risk of blood clots developing in the legs. If you run or lift weights, you’ll want to take around six weeks off before returning to exercise.

You’ll find any bruising is usually present for around two weeks after the procedure. Swelling, however, could last for up to three months, improving gradually over time. Any scarring will begin to disappear slowly, reducing in appearance within 12-18 months.

These are just some of the common questions you may have when considering undergoing a tummy tuck procedure. During your consultation, you’ll discover everything you need to know about the tummy tuck and what you can expect. Don’t forget to have a list of questions to take with you to the consultation too. All good surgeons will be happy to answer any query you may have.

If you have more tummy tuck questions, call 02380 764969 to arrange your consultation with Southampton cosmetic surgeon Mr Nigel Horlock.

facelift for bald men

Researchers have proposed a new facelift technique which would be suitable for bald men. In a traditional facelift procedure, the scars are often placed on the hairline. However, in the case of bald men, there is no hairline to hide the facelift scars, posing a real issue for cosmetic surgeons.

The new technique, highlighted in the January issue of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, will hide the scars behind the outline of the ears. Here, we’ll look at this new technique and the rise in male cosmetic surgery.

What is the new proposed technique?

The new proposed technique would involve making a smaller incision just above the ear. Although the incision is shorter than the one used in the conventional method, it still allows the surgeon access to the deeper tissues.

After trialling the new technique, the researchers claim it has been successful in creating practically invisible scarring. This is because the outline of the ear naturally hides the shorter incision.

There was a total of 68 men included in the study, with an average age of 55. They completed a questionnaire at least one year after they underwent the surgery to assess the effectiveness of the procedure, alongside satisfaction levels. Both patients and experts rated the outcomes as consistently good.

None of the patients had any complications and satisfaction scores were 8.6 for facial appearance and 7.9 for scar satisfaction. No patients involved in the study suffered any major complications. Just three required a minor procedure to improve the scar’s quality.

Understanding the benefits

As well as hiding the facelift scar, the new technique also delivers a few other benefits.

The recovery time is shortened due to the less invasive surgery. As the incision is smaller, it doesn’t take as long to heal. So, as well as enhanced aesthetic benefits, this new technique also reduces the amount of time patients need to take off work.

Male cosmetic surgery is on the rise

Over the past few years, male cosmetic surgery has seen a dramatic increase. Long gone are the days where men didn’t care about ageing. These days, men feel just the same pressures as women to look younger.

There are a few procedures which are more common in men, such as liposuction. However, facial rejuvenation procedures are the most popular. This includes brow lifts, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and facelifts.

Social media has also played a role in male cosmetic surgery. Sites such as Instagram, have seen an increase in male models, much in the same way there has been a rise in female models dominating social media. There are also issues in the workplace, with men feeling they need to look younger to get ahead in their careers.

Overall, male cosmetic surgery shows no signs of slowing down in popularity. This new facelift technique is ideal for bald men, resulting in hidden scarring. Hair loss is something which affects the majority of men as they age, and traditional facelift techniques can be unsuitable due to visible scarring left over. For more advice on the facelift procedure and what scarring you can expert, call 02380 764969.