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Is it OK for men to have 'work' done?

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Shane Warne maintains he's had no surgery, although there's ample evidence of some assistance.

Shane Warne maintains he's had no surgery, although there's ample evidence of some assistance. Photo: Getty

Having a bit of Botox or some face-enhancing fillers may have become as mainstream as buying new shoes for women, but what about men? Should we go there? Should we even think of going there after seeing the result of Shane Warne's "no-it-wasn't-plastic-surgery" makeover?

Dr Sean Arendse, a top cosmetic physician in Melbourne, suggests men should think twice about Botox, despite its benefits.

"(The profession's) still learning a lot about what works for men. Very few people can do it well," he cautions.

This is changing as more men make their way to skin clinics, often urged by wives anxious to keep them competing in executive work environments. Latest stats in Australia show 10 per cent of clients for non-surgical "enhancements" (chiefly Botox or its competitor, Dysport) are men.

And you've got to admit, you can see the attraction. You probably know by now that Botox can take years off a face – smoothing harried brows and obliterating etched frowns in a stroke. Make that a prick. Fillers deal with that tied, old, gaunt look that happens after a certain age, whether you're feeling tired or not. Everyone's doing it, it seems, including more men. They're just not talking about it.

But what happened to Warnie? How did he become a waxwork? He protested at the time that he hadn't had any surgery. Liz (remember her?) backed him up.

He was likely being truthful. Dr Arendse suspects there was plenty of muscle-freezing Botox and lots of plumping fillers administered in such a way as to give Warne what he describes as a "feminised face".

"Physicians need to understand the male aesthetic to give a masculinity, a masculine face. There's got to be strong features, a strength to the jaw and a drop to the brow - the opposite of what you want to achieve for women. For men, less is more. Botox, if done well and properly, is undetectable. Shane's beautifully shaped cheeks look very feminine."

Dr Arendse says most male patients have been encouraged by their wives to have some Botox, often to boost their success in the workplace as it becomes more and more cut-throat and uncertain. "Wives push them into it. But you've got to go to the right person for it to be done well. It's about embracing your age and making you look as good as you can for your age."

Have you gone there? Have you noticed if any of your mates or colleagues have had a little Warnie-style "work"? What were the results like? Would you admit to it if you had?

46 comments

  • Forget botox, what about my butt implants?

    Commenter
    HighlyDubious
    Date and time
    March 04, 2014, 2:20PM
    • Botox makes your face look like buttocks.

      Commenter
      No Need for
      Location
      Implants
      Date and time
      March 04, 2014, 2:44PM
    • Start squatting HD

      Commenter
      sir mix alot
      Location
      likes big butts
      Date and time
      March 04, 2014, 3:06PM
    • I like a nice pair of firm buttocks.

      Commenter
      Boris
      Location
      The Old Dark House
      Date and time
      March 04, 2014, 9:37PM
  • Some men need it...especially the ones in sport...some crucial brain "work" required. Could even be made tax deductible. Book NOW and save....

    Commenter
    Dan, the brain surgeon
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    March 04, 2014, 2:36PM
    • Of course it's not OK. You would have to be a tosser e.g Warne or obsessed with your body.

      Commenter
      PJ
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      March 04, 2014, 2:53PM
      • Other then losing weight & probably teeth veneers (he can afford them) he looks pretty normal to me, fit & healthy. If only you were such a tosser. He's tossed (bowled that is) all the way to the bank, good on him!

        Commenter
        JJ
        Date and time
        March 04, 2014, 7:37PM
    • Women wanted equality,when will it be mens turn?There is no part of a womans body they don`t touch up,but let a man just shave his legs and there are derogatory remarks.

      Commenter
      Screamer
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      March 04, 2014, 2:59PM
      • Er, o.k., so women don't get derogatory remarks, but men do. Er, o.k. Back to your cave.

        Commenter
        Woman
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        March 04, 2014, 3:51PM
      • Perhaps it's the Lycra.

        Commenter
        Barry
        Date and time
        March 04, 2014, 4:14PM

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