Wimbledon’s women speak out against male cosmetic surgery


Our SW Londoner reporters found a majority of women in Wimbledon find male cosmetic surgery unattractive despite its increasing popularity.


By Tom James, Niall Kelly, Sophie Russell, Antony Peyton, Abi Goodman

Male cosmetic surgery is on the increase but most Wimbledon women say they find it unattractive.   

Studies have shown a yearly increase in the number of male patients with popular treatments ranging from nose jobs to operations to remove the dreaded ‘man-boobs’.

The people of Wimbledon were today undecided on the benefits of the treatment. 

Mital Kansara, 30, said: “I wouldn’t like it. If a man told me that he’d had it, I’d like him less.”

Mrs Kansara did however say she would support her husband if he opted for surgery.   

Others focused on the negative aspects. 

Brian Dartford, 55, said: “I think it’s up to the individual. But I wouldn’t say good luck to them; it’s all down to vanity.” 

Amelia Caine, 21, agreed, saying: “Spending that amount of money on plastic surgery isn’t attractive. I wouldn’t find someone hot if they had those felt-tip marks all over them.”

Cosmetic surgery is even hitting the high street as retail giants Boots announced they will offer Botox treatment starting at £200.  

Philip Cook, of Cheam-based St Anthony’s Hospital, said despite the influx of male patients there is still a degree of secrecy among the gender.

He said: “Botox can be kept secret due to its nature and so this has grown enormously. 

“But in general, society is now more accepting of male ageing.”

Records from last year show men now account for 10% of all cosmetic procedures in the UK.  

Despite the array of celebrity horror stories a huge number still turn to subtle treatments to improve their look.

Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband this year admitted to having a nose job to correct a deficiency.     

However Mr Cook did issue a word of warning for those thinking treatment was the solution to image problems. 

He said: “Plastic surgery cannot be a quick fix for these types of issues, but a small part of the process of increasing the patient’s confidence. 

“People can become addicted as they look to have surgery year after year.”

Mr Cook is also wary of the physical pitfalls of treatment. 

“With weight loss surgery, a year in the future, there is loose skin that needs to be removed. 

“The tummy ends up hanging down like an apron.” 

Negative views of male surgery still exist but perceptions are clearly changing.

Joseph McLaughlin, 17, said he could understand why men turn to surgery. 

“I can understand why other people would want it. If women can have it why can’t men?” he said.

As the surgical trend looks set to continue this could be the question on many men’s Botox-ed lips.

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