Women aren’t the only ones turning to plastic surgery. Plastic surgeons across the country are seeing an influx of male patients seeking everything from non-invasive Botox treatments to eyelid surgery to breast reduction surgeries. The total number of cosmetic procedures for men in the U.S. rose to 12.6 million in 2010, up a surprising 9 percent from the year 2000.
According to board certified plastic surgeon and spokesperson for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Dr. Stephan Baker, the noticeable rise in male plastic surgery reflects a societal shift in views about plastic surgery. “There is a growing awareness in the public in general that it’s OK to have plastic surgery. It’s not taboo.”
Baker also believes that more men are seeking out plastic surgery to gain a competitive edge in the workplace. Additionally he speculates that the baby boomer generation is more physically fit and conscious of their physical appearance than prior generations driving them to seek out plastic surgery.
Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Carlos Wolf, who says 20 percent of his patients are men, believes the increase in male plastic surgery may be due to another reason. “The biggest motivating factor in men is dating younger women.”
Whatever the reason may be, there’s no denying that more men are seeking out plastic surgery to improve their appearance than ever before. And the trend doesn’t appear to be moving in the direction of decline any time soon.
According to the ASPS the top five cosmetic procedures for men are as follows:
Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping): 252,261
Belpharoplasty (eyelid surgery): 208,764
Lipoplasty (Liposuction): 203,106
Hair transplantation: 18,996
Gynecomastia (Breast reduction): 18,280
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Source: Miami Herald