More Men Are Getting Plastic Surgery
4 Things You Need to Know about Male Cosmetic Surgery Trends –
1. The numbers
Although women have always led the statistics of cosmetic surgical procedures worldwide, the number of men undergoing these treatments is steadily increasing. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently released their 2018 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, revealing that there were 1.3 million procedures among men that year. That’s more than triple the number of men undergoing cosmetic surgery when the ASPS began its reports in 1997, according to Allure.com
The top five cosmetic surgical procedures among men were nose reshaping or rhinoplasty (52,393), eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty (32,281), liposuction (28,180), breast reduction or gynecomastia (26,839), and hair transplantation (14,443). The latter procedure is the one led by men since they represent 72% of the total cases.
Compared to 2017 figures, the treatments that significantly increased were hair transplantation (20%) and liposuction (5), followed by eyelid surgery (4%).
But when it comes to cosmetic procedures, men prefer the minimally-invasive ones. The ASPS report clearly shows that 1,113,284 men underwent this kind of treatments, whereas just 214,434 chose to go under the knife.
Botulinum toxin type A (Botox®, Dysport®) is the most popular minimally-invasive approach chosen by men to improve their facial lines and the position of their eyebrows. Many male patients also choose this type of cosmetic procedure to reduce sweating in certain body areas and to improve armpit odor. The use of Botox among men increased by 5% from 2017.
Other popular minimally-invasive procedures include laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peel, and soft tissue fillers, according to the report.
2. What Leads Men to Undergo a Cosmetic Surgical Procedure?
Prominent plastic surgeons believe that as more men are spreading the good word of their results, the stigma is being erased and others feel more confident to talk about it, as reported by CBS New York.
Darren Smith, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City, told Allure that cosmetic surgery is now more acceptable for men than it has ever been. This helps them speak out about their concerns and do something to improve their appearance.
The numbers are increasing in all age groups as they all want to feel more comfortable with their looks. However, the figures are particularly higher among older male patients whose careers force them to stay competitive in terms of a youthful appearance.
3. What Men Say and How They Feel About It
Allure also reported the statements of several men. Stefan Toic, who is 29 and works as a model and actor, said his friends laughed when he told them about his idea of undergoing a male breast reduction. Although this is among the top 5 procedures among men, there still are people who think it is a surgery for women only.
Toic had tried exercise and a healthy diet but he eventually realized that cosmetic surgery was the only thing that would work in his case. He decided to undergo the breast procedure at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery and now says he is very happy with his results.
On the other hand, John Powell chose a minimally-invasive treatment. A 36-year-old patient, he has been receiving Botox injections for two years. When his college friend saw that his results were very natural, she started using Botox herself.
4. There are New Cosmetic Surgery Centers just for Men
As more men are joining the plastic surgery trends, new centers specialized in male patients are opening in the United States. There they can find surgeons who are experienced in the male anatomy, which requires different techniques and doses.
Men who choose these type of cosmetic surgery centers feel more comfortable because they stop being a minority as soon as they come in, and they get to share their experience with other men who have the same concerns regarding their appearance.