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What men want


The grooms' guide to plastic surgery with Dr Ross Farhadieh


Words: Damien Woolnough


14th September 2018

When it comes to looking great on your wedding day plastic surgery is a far more serious decision than getting a new haircut, facial or fitness plan.

In the lead-up to a wedding grooms might choose to address long-standing issues surrounding their appearance such as drooping eyes, excess skin following weight loss and man boobs before entering the next chapter in their lives.

Pioneering plastic surgeon Dr Ross Farhadieh is respected internationally for his work with transgender patients and accident victims but he also understands two important things, what men want and romance.

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Dr Ross Farhadieh

Firstly, romance. The handsome graduate of the University of NSW who lectures at ANU Medical School and has offices in Sydney and Canberra, proposed to his wife hours after meeting her (she said, yes).

Now for what men want….

"In general, aesthetic concerns for men is divided into two anatomical groups - face and body," Farhadieh says. "In relation to the face, the most common is rhinoplasty or the good old nose job for men.

"Here the key is to recognise the nuances that go into making a man's nose harmonious and attractive are very different to that which makes a woman’s nose aesthetically pleasing.

"Increasingly, older men are embracing facial rejuvenation surgery to address and refresh their appearance. Here the concerns are no different to women, but again most commonly the discussion revolves around ensuring character being maintained.

"Body surgery is often for younger men, in the settings of bariatric surgery or massive weight loss. In this group it's excess tummy skin and man-boobs that require addressing."

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George Clooney has the face men want.

What procedures are popular with men at the moment?

For younger men definitely rhinoplasty and body surgery (tummy tuck and man-boobs). Older men facelift, necklift and eyelid surgery to refresh their appearance. 

Is there a type of man that people are always asking to look like?

There is a kind definition that men recognise as being attractive. A sculpted neck, harmonious nose, a refreshed face. A George Clooney Brad Pitt type, I guess. 

How far in advance should men look at getting work done?

In general most people have been thinking about these for sometime and by the time they see me, they have already made up their mind. They have done their research and are coming to discuss and establish a plan. In my practice the consultation process is comprehensive.

Every procedure has a set power point presentation that covers everything from historical perspectives, anatomical backgrounds, surgical techniques, complication profile and of course spectrum of outcomes. We then provide a comprehensive document covering all of these including the post-operative return to work planning.

I take pride in the fact that all people we see, feel supported at every step of their journey. Usually my operating waiting list is anywhere between 6 to 12 weeks. 

Why should grooms get these procedures done in Australia instead of overseas?

The idea of a holiday and cheaper surgery is very attractive. The downside is all the risks that come with it, preoperative and postoperative care, the standard of training of your surgeons, nurses the standard of care in the hospitals and of course your legal protection.

Our systems are built with multiple layers of protraction for the consumers into them, and in rare events when multiple layers of protection are found to be inadequate then you are afforded protection of our amazing legal system.

These don't exist in overseas surgery packages. That is a large part of why it’s cheaper, no medical indemnity insurance premiums, no hospital insurance premiums, no world-class rigorous health department checks and no world-class training of nurses and surgeons.

At the end of the day your body is your only permanent and most important asset in life. In my view and I have seen and continue to see lots of overseas horror stories, it's just not worth the risk. 

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