The days of women being the only ones seeking cosmetic surgery are over.I’m seeing more and more men in my office who are looking for ways to appear younger and healthier and boost their self-confidence.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), male cosmetic surgery has increased by 28 percent since 2000. In 2017 alone, more than 1.3 million cosmetic surgeries were performed on men.
One reason for this shift may be that procedures are becoming more affordable. The increasingly competitive job market may also play a part. But whatever the reason, cosmetic surgery is becoming more attractive to men.
Body First, Face Second
According to research and in my own experience, men are more likely to seek procedures that improve the appearance of the body, as opposed to the face. In the past five years, liposuction is up 23 percent for men and male breast reductions are up 30 percent. Even tummy tucks have increased 12 percent for men.
These statistics suggest that men are no longer happy settling for love handles and beer bellies. Nor are they willing to accept enlarged breasts(colloquially known as “man boobs”).
Also popular are procedures that minimize the chin, specifically the fat and drooping skin that tend to develop with age. Liposuction of the neck with or without radiofrequency treatment is a popular option for eliminating a double chin.
Thanks to cosmetic surgery, men are able to achieve a trimmer, younger and more sculpted body that was not possible with diet and exercise alone.
While men have been known to “get better looking with age,” not all men are content with wrinkles and facial drooping. In fact, almost 100,000 men had filler injections in 2017, an increase of 99 percent since 2000.
The most popular non-invasive procedure is Botox injections to erase wrinkles. Kybella, an injectable treatment that helps eliminate a double chin,is a close second. These outpatient treatments can be done during a lunch hour with no downtime, making it appealing to men who can schedule around their work obligations.
Other procedures that are becoming more popular with men include rhinoplasty (aka a nose job), eyelid lift surgery and facelift.
As the number of male cosmetic procedures increases, the stigma attached to men seeking plastic surgery decreases. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I frequently help men who come to my office at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston achieve an appearance that makes them more confident. If you’re interested in learning more about male cosmetic procedures, call us for a consultation.