Is Six Pack Surgery The Next Big Thing?

For decades when the conversation was about
people being insecure about their bodies that talk was usually about women. It was mainly women having cosmetic surgeries,
while beauty products were almost all aimed at women. The quest for body-perfect was on, and the
stress involved in trying to look the right way was enough to make someone spend a small
fortune on products and clinics. But something changed not so long ago, about
the time the millennial generation grew into their last shoe size. It was men in the mirror stressing over their
un-perfect face and flabby belly. These days you can find all manner of articles
talking about men and their “six-pack stress”, or recent credible research showing that these
days men are more concerned about their body-image than women. Not surprisingly, more fellas are now going
under the knife hoping for an Instagram-able body. First of all, let’s talk about the new man
and his body image. That research we just mentioned was published
by The Guardian in 2012. It revealed that in the UK in one particular
study 80.7 percent of men talked in ways that promote anxiety about their body. That means those men talk a lot about perceived
imperfections of their body, how they should look, how they shouldn’t look. The same study found only 75 percent of women
did the same. It also found 38 percent of men interviewed
were willing to give up at least one year of their life if they could have the perfect
body. Fewer women would do the same, although the
newspaper didn’t say how many. Astoundingly, 5.3 percent of men interviewed
said they would sacrifice a decade or more of their life for the perfect body now. That study also found that a lot of men were
so stressed about how they looked they didn’t even go to the gym out of fear. Many men were taunted about their belly or
man boobs, while about one fifth of men were on a special diet to improve muscle mass or
lose a bit of weight. To our younger viewers this won’t come as
a surprise, but you don’t have to go too far back and men would have laughed at this
kind of insecurity. You get the picture, in this age of tech-driven
narcissism men’s confidence in their bodies is at an all-time low. What happened to these men, the guys, the
geezers, the fellas, the chaps, the fathers, the brothers, the sons and uncles? These new men, so obsessed with their pecs,
their arms, their abs, getting tuned-out on Tinder, made fun of on Facebook, insulted
on Instagram, are looking for a way out of reality, a solution to the puzzle of body
perfection. Many of them are turning to cosmetic surgery. Just listen to what a professor of men’s health
at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK said to The Guardian. He said, “There’s been a big increase in
the numbers of British men having cosmetic procedures such as a nose job or removal of
breast tissue; that’s gone from almost nothing to quite a significant industry over the last
10 years.” Let’s face it, six-pack surgery was always
bound to happen with all this insecurity around. In fact, in 2018 the tabloid media interviewed
a bunch of young British men to find out how they felt about their bodies. Here are some of the replies: Age 25. “I’d like to lose my gut, have a nicer
and more symmetrical face, get some new teeth, have nicer hair and bigger arms. Actually, there’s not much about me that
I do like.” Age 25. “I would like bigger arms and to tidy up
my stomach a bit, plus white teeth and a strong jawline.” Age 27. “Sometimes I look at my ripped body and
think, ‘Who is this for? Do I even want to look like this?’ I’m straight but I’m always at the gym
to try to beef up, which means I have no social life and spend most of my time either looking
at myself in the mirror or comparing myself ­unfavorably with other, bigger men.” Age 19. “There have never been more ways to measure
your success or failings as a man. Your pecs, abs and arms.” There is enough evidence out there to suggest
that indeed more men now are likely to at least think about six-pack surgery. You can find statistics that tell you that
more men in many nations now are getting plastic surgery. In the USA, according to data supplied by
the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2017, 1.3 million American men had cosmetic
procedures, and that was an increase of 29 percent since the year 2000. One plastic surgeon with offices in New York
and Los Angeles said the number of men getting surgeries from 2018 to 2022 would shoot up. In his practice of late he saw a change, and
that was more men getting surgeries than women. Selfie culture in recent years has made that
surgeon a lot of money. You can find a slew of articles and research
out there talking about a crisis of masculinity, the male mental health crisis, high male suicide
rates, an era in which men have been demoted from their role as protector and provider
but don’t seem to have found a new role. Well, maybe the new role is looking good on
Instagram and showing off a chiseled body. What we are trying to say, in answer to today’s
question, is that it’s not at all surprising that six-pack surgery is taking off. Before we tell you how much it’s taking
off, we should tell you a little about the surgery itself, but we won’t spend too much
time on this as we’ve already talked about it in another show. Many overweight men that get six-pack surgery
might also have liposuction around the waist, particularly that region we call the love-handles. That’s because to chisel those abs and for
them to look good, you might have to remove a lot of fat first. Some guys might also go for a breast reduction
to remove those man-boobs, as that might look out of place with the new six-pack. One guy we found also had deltoid/bicep augmentation,
because hey, surely if you have that six-pack the rest of your body should also look like
something you regularly work to death at the gym. What happens next is something called “Abdominal
Etching”. This is how the Journal for the American Society
of Plastic Surgeons describes the procedure, “The etching technique is performed with
liposuction in a superficial plane, to create indentures consistent with ‘six-pack abs,’
or definition of vertical abdominal lines.” Some surgeries also offer implants, with a
New York surgery describing it like this, “Abdominal Implants take it one step further,
actually placing implants throughout the region, providing an even more defined and structured
appearance.” As we have said in other shows about cosmetic
surgeries and implants, there is always some risk, but we won’t go into that today. What we want to know is are more men getting
six-pack surgery and will it become more popular? Well, as it’s new-ish and we are talking
about it and more surgeons are offering it, of course it’s taking off. According to the British media, more young
Brits are flying into Thailand to get the surgery done because it’s cheaper there
– around $3,800. We found another Brit who made headlines because
he flew to Turkey to get his 48-hour six pack and he paid $3,500. The guy said he was “thrilled” with how
he looked after. In the USA you might pay up to $10,000, so
that’s why some folks opt for a holiday and some surgery, and if you stay long enough
for the bruising to go down you might get the beach body you want for your island holiday. The procedure might be cheaper, it just depends
on how much etching you require, other fat removed, and which clinic you go to. Thailand has always been a hub for medical
tourism and people from the West wanting to change their face, get some gold-plated teeth
or transform their sexual organs. One Thai surgeon at one of the more well-known
places people go to get six-pack surgery said this in a newspaper article, “We’ve been
doing this for about three to four years now, we get anywhere from 20 to 30 customers requesting
a six-pack every month.” But the surgeon also said this, if you really
want the surgery to work well you have to have some muscle there in the first place. He said most people he gets in his surgery
are already fitness junkies, but they feel they are not defined enough. He said this, “In order to naturally get
a six-pack, one needs to work out as well as get lean. Most of our clients come in with a lot of
muscle, they just want to save themselves months of leaning down.” This surgery won’t transform an obese body
to a ripped body. One guy, who actually was Thai, was all over
the media after his six-pack surgery. He went to a clinic where you can get the
job done and then also get your penis or nipples whitened. We had a look at forums to see what people,
well men, were saying about getting a six-pack job. We should say that while articles are now
saying things like, “Six-pack surgery is now a thing”, it’s actually been around
for a few years. On Reddit most people didn’t seem interested
in getting the surgery, and a few posters said men doing it were just lazy and didn’t
want to put the work in. One poster wrote, “Imagine being this desperate
for people to look at you.” Another said, “This seems like unnecessary
vanity surgery, and yes it looks super weird to have ‘shredded abs’ next to love handles
and poorly defined pecs, but I’m more curious about the long term.” Another person said, “If this isn’t a sign
of the times we live in (instant-gratification), I don’t know what is.” With that in mind, it seems many people out
there seem to think such surgery is not worth doing and people need to stop being so vain. With all this criticism around maybe more
men won’t be signing up to get this procedure, but then again, as we have showed you today
there are a lot of insecure guys out there who worry all the time about not having the
perfect body. Many of these men are still young, and so
we guess a lot of you worry about your body. Would you sign up for getting an instant six-pack? What if it were free? Do you have body insecurities? Tell us in the comments. Also, be sure to check out I Did 30 Push-Ups
For 30 Days And This Is What Happened. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
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