More Men Seeking Cosmetic Procedures
Cosmetic surgery is not just popular among women, according to a recent article from Allure magazine.
While historically most cosmetic surgery patients have been women, the number of men seeking out cosmetic and aesthetic procedures is on the rise.
According to a study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 31 percent of men were "extremely likely" to consider a cosmetic procedure.
Many men do more than consider having a procedure; according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the rate of men having cosmetic surgery has increased more than 325 percent since 1997.
In 2015, male breast-reduction surgery accounted for more than 40 percent of aesthetic breast-reduction surgeries (27,456 procedures) in the United States. This number represented a 5 percent growth over the previous year and a 35 percent growth in the number of male aesthetic breast-reduction surgeries since 2000.
Reasons Behind Increasing Rates
"Male breast-reduction surgery is an increasingly popular procedure because excess male breast tissue makes many men feel self-conscious or insecure about their appearance," said Dr. Bill Johnson, a Dallas cosmetic physician.
For many men, male breast-reduction surgery is their only option to treat gynecomastia, the condition that causes the development of unwanted breast tissue.
"This area is difficult to tone or tighten and often doesn't budge despite eating a healthy diet or working out regularly," said Johnson.
A majority of men with gynecomastia develop the condition because of genetics, age or fluctuation in hormones, which makes it challenging, if not impossible, to self-treat.
Gynecomastia affects 70 percent of boys during puberty, but it typically resolves without intervention. The condition also frequently affects middle-aged and older men.
Up to 65 percent of men over the age of 50 are affected.
The surge in the number of men seeking procedures is not just changing statistics - it is also changing how people view cosmetic surgery.
"For many years, no one talked about cosmetic procedures. It was taboo to mention or discuss. If you had work done, you didn't tell anyone and recovered quietly at home," said Johnson.
Now, men are talking about the procedures they are having and why they are having them.
"Men want to look good, too, and for many of the same reasons as women: improved self-confidence, a desire to look younger and the hope of attracting a mate," Johnson said.
Men also often state that their reason for getting cosmetic procedures is to stay competitive in the workplace.
"Many people associate looking older with being feeble or unable to perform job duties. So, some men find cosmetic procedures and aesthetic treatments as a way to keep a competitive edge," Johnson said.
Some theories for the spike in male cosmetic surgeries are attributed to social media and the "selfie culture" of recent years.
"People are constantly taking pictures of themselves and posting them online or seeing pictures of themselves online and want to look good in pictures," Johnson said.
While the reasons for seeking out cosmetic procedures may be similar, the goal of the procedures varies from one gender to the other.
"Men often want a more masculine-looking nose or jaw, while most women would want the exact opposite," Johnson said.
Men also may require more filler or Botox to achieve the look they want.
The most popular cosmetic procedures for men include eyelid-lifts, brow-lifts and face-lifts; abdominoplasty/tummy tuck surgery; male breast reduction; and liposuction.
Interestingly enough, the top surgical procedures for women also included the eyelid-lift, liposuction, breast augmentation and the tummy tuck procedure.
Allure. Why More Men Are Getting Plastic Surgery Right Now. 6 June 2018.
Stylecaster. Male Plastic Surgery Has Increased 325 Percent since 1997. 2016.
ASPS. New Statistics Reflect the Changing Face of Plastic Surgery. 25 February 2016.