Men want cosmetic procedures that will give them an edge

July 6, 2011

Younger men seek out plastic surgery in the hope of becoming more masculine-looking.
Younger men seek out plastic surgery in the hope of becoming more masculine-looking.

Can you imagine telling your husband-to-be that you won’t pose for wedding pictures with him as long as he has a “big old, saggy chin”? David Culpepper’s fiancé did, and Culpepper got a facelift and chin implant.

Jim Wehrheim, a 61-year-old financial executive married to a woman 19 years younger, was upset with his crow’s feet and double chin. So, he underwent a face lift. According to a June 2011 article in the Wall Street Journal, what used to be only good for the goose is now sought after by the gander.

Younger men seek out plastic surgery in the hope of becoming more masculine-looking. Last year there was a 6 percent increase in men undergoing gynecomastia surgery, which removes enlarged breast tissue. Men are also requesting calf, pectoral and buttock implants and getting rid of their “love handles” with lipoplasty.

According to research professor David Sarwer, “Men are figuring out what women have long known – that appearance really does matter.” Plastic surgery is often seen as an investment in the future, strengthening a man’s position in a youth-dominated workplace and, as women have known for quite awhile, a few tweaks may ease the pain of reentering the dating market after a divorce.

Men may be more comfortable with the one-time fix of extensive plastic surgery than recurring visits for Botox or injectable fillers. And only surgery provides the “fixes” for the areas that men complain about the most: heavy hooding over the upper eyelids, lower eyelid bags, and a flabby neck that hangs over a shirt collar.

However, since men are frequently less satisfied than women are after surgery, they can be difficult patients. Men don’t know what to expect of surgery, are not good at expressing what they want and simply do not tolerate pain and discomfort as well as women. A recent study of male plastic surgery patients in Australia resulted in a recommendation that men undergo preoperative screening to identify the minority who will complain of an unsatisfactory outcome despite a technically good result.

Men’s plastic surgeries pose special challenges and can take longer than surgeries in women. One factor is that men have bigger heads. Also, blood tends to ooze from broken capillaries in bearded skin more easily than from women’s skin. If you are a man considering plastic surgery, contact a board-certified surgeon at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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