What does the gay community say.
Is it grooming, vanity or insanity? the world of cosmetic surgery
So, itâ€™s up to every man to decide for himself: how far would you go to look that little bit better?
is a 39-year-old TV director living in Bristol and he visits Dr Quinn at Q Clinics for Botox and facial fillers.
â€œI started having Botox done three or four years ago because I had quite a lined forehead. Iâ€™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 Iâ€™d redress some of that damage.
â€œIâ€™ve had facial fillers injected two or three times, mainly around the â€˜monkey mouthâ€™ â€“ those lines from your nose down the side of your mouth. They werenâ€™t too bad but I thought Iâ€™d do that as well to balance out the forehead and smooth out the â€˜sleep creasesâ€™!
â€œIâ€™m really pleased with the results and I definitely look younger. No oneâ€™s noticed, which is as it should be, as if someone says, â€˜Have you had work done?â€™ then somethingâ€™s wrong. They should just think, â€˜Heâ€™s looking good.â€™ Having said that, Iâ€™ve been quite open about it and told most people anyway!â€
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 â€“ commonly known as â€œman boobsâ€.
â€œI had massive man boobs â€“ they were really big and the doctors removed 8lbs of tissue. Iâ€™d been teased about them when I was at school and still got the odd offensive remark as an adult, although I didnâ€™t get comments about it on the gay scene as Iâ€™m one of the main drag artists in the area, so people knew me and not to trifle with me â€“ I know how to handle myself!â€
Anthony had wanted to have the surgery done for years but the NHS wouldnâ€™t offer it him and he couldnâ€™t afford to go privately. He finally had it done by taking part in an episode of Channel 4â€™s Embarrassing Bodies, at the McIndoe Surgical Centre in Sussex.
â€œThe surgery was really straightforward,â€ he explains. â€œI was in hospital for two days after the operation then came home and full recovery was about 4-5 weeks.
â€œThe difference before and after is unbelievable. Iâ€™ve lost another 4.5 stone since the surgery and Iâ€™ve now gone from touching 30 stone at one point to being literally half that person. It just made me feel better. Iâ€™ve started a new job and I can go shopping on the high street now instead of having to order things online. Iâ€™m much more confident and when I go out I now get comments about how good I look.â€ That is a very happy gay customer right there.
Anthony recognises that surgical options arenâ€™t for everyone, though:
â€œIf people want to have surgery for cosmetic reasons, thatâ€™s up to the individual. Itâ€™s not for anyone else to tell them to be happy with what God gave them â€“ thereâ€™s not one person on this planet whoâ€™s completely happy with what God gave them, but I have absolutely no regrets.â€