Rise in male plastic surgery prompts surgeons to mix things up

January 28, 2013

Rise in male plastic surgery prompts surgeons to mix things up
Rise in male plastic surgery prompts surgeons to mix things up

Over the past few years, there have been many reports and articles discussing the increasing popularity of plastic surgery among men. There was a time when cosmetic surgery carried a stigma, especially for the male half of the population, but modern men aren't shy about seeing a board-certified plastic surgeon for a little nip and tuck. With the increase in male patients come a few changes in how plastic surgery facilities do business, reports Metro.

"It now accounts for 25 percent of my patients, and it's increasing steadily" a New Jersey-based cosmetic physician told the news source about the increase in male patients at his clinic. "I used to have Vogue and Cosmo in my waiting room - now I have Sports Illustrated and car magazines."

He explains that many men want treatments similar to his female patients desire, but still approach aesthetic procedures differently. Botox injections are popular among male patients, because they can be done in a short amount of time and it's unlikely that many people will make comments or draw attention to their new look.

Physical differences between males and females also come into play, the news outlet reports. For example, men are less likely to develop cellulite, so treatments like Cellulaze are less common among male patients. 

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), in 2011, men had nearly 800,000 cosmetic procedures, accounting for 9 percent of the total number of procedures carried out by ASAPS doctors that year. That figure represents a 121 percent increase from the number of male patients going under the knife in 1997. Among the most popular procedures for men were rhinoplasty, liposuction, eyelid surgery, male breast reduction and facelifts.

The mission of the Aesthetic Society 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 the Aesthetic Society, 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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