Thursday, April 10, 2008

Apparently in France, there's been an upswing in cosmetic procedures for older men that's due to what's being dubbed the "Sarkozy Syndrome.*"

From January to March, consultations for Botox injections in the UK went up 57% for men compared to the same period last year, according to the British medical research group Haley.

Breast reduction** operations went up 42%, microdermabrasions by 43%, accoding to the study.

This craze is being fuelled by the "Sarkozy Syndrome," according to the researchers. "Surgeons are noting that for the majority (of men), these operations are being justified by the youth of their new female partners...linked to a second marriage to a younger spouse, usually with an age difference of 10-20 years, stated Liz Dale, director of the group.

Carla Bruni, 40, is 13 years younger than President Sarkozy, 53.

"A second marriage and professional opportunities are the most-cited reasons by 40 and 50 somethings as justifications for these surgical interventions," she added.

"The results achieved with lighter treatments such as Botox*** (...) can be spectacular and can result in more self-confidence for these men in their relationships," added Dr. Julian Northover of the Haley Group.

"The principal areas of consultation for men have been laugh lines and facial wrinkles, the main signs of aging," he added.

Had to have a talk with my Frenchie about this. His L'Oreal Men Expert stuff is okay. He's earned it. Anything more that that would be grounds for an intervention or (possible) termination. The last thing I need around who is 20 years older than me trying to look 10 years younger than me. That's about as bad being chained to a metrosexual with a thing for day spas.


* Named after the illustrious French President, meaning, I gather, to rob the cradle because one fears death.

** reduction de poitrine means literally "breast reduction." Do they mean "tummy tuck," I wonder?

*** Injecting yourself with botulism is "light?" I'm a female pushing 40 and I'd never consider that. Ech.

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