Male Plastic Surgery On The Rise

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, male plastic surgery procedures are on the rise in the United States. The latest study shows nearly 800,000 procedures are for men. Liposuction, rhinoplasty, and eyelid surgery were the most common procedures. People ages 35 to 64 account for 71 percent of all cosmetic in the U.S. and 9 percent of cosmetic procedures in the U.S. were performed in men, representing a 121 percent increase since 1997.
 
Some question if the increase in male plastic surgery has to do with the job market being more competitive than it used to be, and first impressions are important. Appearance for men seems to be a more important factor than it used to be in the workplace.
 
They’re exercising, they’ve quit smoking and they’re eating more healthy foods. But men who end up in the plastic surgeon’s chair often say they don’t think they look as good as they feel. Some patients are fresh off a divorce or looking for a competitive edge in an office full of young bucks. Others are inspired by wives who have had successful procedures — or are kind enough to ask why their husbands’ once-smooth brows now appear permanently furrowed.
From 2000 to 2005, there was a whopping 44 percent increase in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures among men, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. While the jump in demand isn’t unique to the gender, doctors say it speaks to many men’s desire to boost their looks — often through quickie treatments that don’t cause a lot of bruising or require lengthy recovery times.

“Men want to know, ‘When am I going to be really ready to go back to the office?’ ” says Dr. Richard D’Amico, president elect of the ASPS and a plastic surgeon in private practice in Englewood, N.J.

Top three most popular procedures

For many of those patients, that means getting minimally invasive cosmetic procedures such as Botox, microdermabrasion or laser hair removal, the top three most popular among males last year. The other top procedures were chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, liposuction, and eyelid surgery.
 
PhotoAmong cosmetic procedures, figures from the ASPS show that the number of Botox treatments increased 233 percent from 2000 to 2005 among men, with an estimated 313,519 injections of toxin. After years of experience, doctors have mastery of the technique, making patients look less frozen and more natural. Dr. Concannon was recently interviewed on the news about this phenomenon, such as the advent of “Bro-tox“.  Click the link to check out Dr. Concannon’s interview.
 
“As a guy in the public eye you want people to think you look really good, really rested, like you’re eating all your fruits and veggies. You don’t want people to think, ‘I wonder who did his Botox?’ “

Liposuction on the rise
Despite the rise of in-and-out procedures, cosmetic surgical procedures such as nose reshaping, hair transplantation and liposuction also remain popular among men. Men’s liposuction, which involves the removal of excess fat through a suctioning device, went up 10 percent from 2004 to 2005, based on ASPS figures. The typical male request involves the lower back, upper flanks and abdomen, otherwise known as the “spare tire,” D’Amico says.

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“These are not lazy, obese people,” D’Amico says. “We’re talking about people out there dieting and exercising but there are limits to what we can achieve with that. This is a reward for all that hard work.”
 
Removal of fat from under the chin, which can leave a tell-tale oily spot on a man’s tie knot, is becoming more common, too.
 
Tummy tucks and body lifts have shown dramatic growth due to the popularity of gastric bypass surgery. Patients can lose hefty amounts of weight following the surgery, leaving them with unattractive, baggy folds of skin.
 
Though minimally invasive procedures are up for men, the number of women who pay visits to the plastic surgeon is still far greater.
 
For more information regarding cosmetic procedures for men, check out www.ConcannonPlasticSurgery.com.  To schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Concannon or our Medical Aestheticians call (573) 449-5000.
 
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