While women still account for the vast majority of cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States, men are catching up. Most men still prefer less invasive procedures such as Botox; from 2000 to 2005, there was a 44% increase in minimally invasive procedures performed on men.
The three most popular cosmetic procedures among men are Botox, microdermabrasion and laser hair removal. More men are undergoing more invasive procedures, however. Popular male plastic surgery procedures include rhinoplasty, hair transplantation and liposuction, with an emphasis on the lower back and abdomen to get rid of a “spare tire.”
Most men who opt for plastic surgery are not lazy or overweight. They have tried exercising and dieting and want some type of reward for their hard work. Many men are also professionals who feel the wrinkles on their face hold them back at work by making them appear too old. While many men who choose to undergo plastic surgery are baby boomers, men of all ages are now seeking cosmetic surgery.
Men make up more than a quarter of all rhinoplasty procedures performed in the United States. Rhinoplasty addresses problems like a bulbous tip, a beaked nose, crookedness or excessive width or length, and it can also address some breathing problems.
Botox popularity has grow 258% among men from 2000 to 2010 with more than 350,000 men having the procedure done each year. Botox addresses creases in the forehead and facial wrinkles and its low invasiveness is especially popular among men.
More than 30,000 men undergo eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, each year. The upper eyelids are prone to signs of aging and begin to droop as we age. Removing excess skin, fat and muscle fixes drooping eyelids for a more youthful appearance. This procedure can also address vision problems related to drooping eyelids.
More than 10% of all liposuction patients are male. Liposuction involves removing excess fat from the body. While it does not treat obesity, it can have permanent results to shape the body. Men who have lost significant weight or have trouble areas are good candidates for liposuction.
Male breast reduction to get rid of gynecomastia, or the enlargement of breast tissue in men, is also increasing in popularity. This procedure can be performed on an outpatient procedure to eliminate signs of breast enlargement in men who are self-conscious.
While the above procedures are the most popular among men, there are several other cosmetic procedures that are gaining in popularity. More men are now choosing to receive a facelift, porcelain veneers, a ear tuck, pectoral and calf implants and chin augmentation.
For some men, plastic surgery is a way to enhance their appearance. Others view it as a chance to address features they wish to change, such as a weak chin. Many just want to rejuvenate their appearance and look more refreshed and a bit younger. Most men want a very natural and subtle look and are worried about appearing too feminine. This requires a conservative approach by a surgeon who serves a great deal of male patients.