Keeping up appearances Part 2,

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What does the gay community say.

Is it grooming, vanity or insanity? the world of cosmetic surgery

So, it’s up to every man to decide for himself: how far would you go to look that little bit better?

Nick Denning

is a 39-year-old TV director living in Bristol and he visits Dr Quinn at Q Clinics for Botox and facial fillers.
“I started having Botox done three or four years ago because I had quite a lined forehead. I’d been going to the gym for several years and I think all the straining and frowning had left me with quite a deeply lined brow for someone of my age. I also partied reasonably hard in my 20s and early 30s and thought I’d redress some of that damage.

“I’ve had facial fillers injected two or three times, mainly around the ‘monkey mouth’ – those lines from your nose down the side of your mouth. They weren’t too bad but I thought I’d do that as well to balance out the forehead and smooth out the ‘sleep creases’!

“I’m really pleased with the results and I definitely look younger. No one’s noticed, which is as it should be, as if someone says, ‘Have you had work done?’ then something’s wrong. They should just think, ‘He’s looking good.’ Having said that, I’ve been quite open about it and told most people anyway!”

Anthony Stringer

is 35 and from Derby. His motivation for cosmetic surgery was health-related as well as for aesthetic reasons. In September 2010 he underwent surgery to correct gynaecomastia – commonly known as “man boobs”.

“I had massive man boobs – they were really big and the doctors removed 8lbs of tissue. I’d been teased about them when I was at school and still got the odd offensive remark as an adult, although I didn’t get comments about it on the gay scene as I’m one of the main drag artists in the area, so people knew me and not to trifle with me – I know how to handle myself!”

Anthony had wanted to have the surgery done for years but the NHS wouldn’t offer it him and he couldn’t afford to go privately. He finally had it done by taking part in an episode of Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, at the McIndoe Surgical Centre in Sussex.

“The surgery was really straightforward,” he explains. “I was in hospital for two days after the operation then came home and full recovery was about 4-5 weeks.

“The difference before and after is unbelievable. I’ve lost another 4.5 stone since the surgery and I’ve now gone from touching 30 stone at one point to being literally half that person. It just made me feel better. I’ve started a new job and I can go shopping on the high street now instead of having to order things online. I’m much more confident and when I go out I now get comments about how good I look.” That is a very happy gay customer right there.

Anthony recognises that surgical options aren’t for everyone, though:

“If people want to have surgery for cosmetic reasons, that’s up to the individual. It’s not for anyone else to tell them to be happy with what God gave them – there’s not one person on this planet who’s completely happy with what God gave them, but I have absolutely no regrets.”

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