More men are opting for cosmetic surgical procedures like facelifts and liposuction.
The number of men getting facelifts rose 14 percent in 2010 over 2009, while liposuction for men rose seven percent.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in a press release, says that men underwent more than 1.1 million cosmetic procedures. While this includes minimally-invasive procedures, the fastest-growing cosmetic procedures for men are surgical.
“The growth in cosmetic surgical procedures for men may be a product of our aging baby boomers who are now ready to have plastic surgery,” said ASPS President Phillip Haeck, MD. “Minimally-invasive procedures such as Botox® and soft tissue fillers work to a point. However, as you age and gravity takes over, surgical procedures that lift the skin are necessary in order to show significant improvement.”
Men’s Top Ten: Fastest-Growing Male Cosmetic Procedures
1. Facelift: up 14 percent
2. Ear Surgery: up 11 percent
3. Soft Tissue Fillers: up 10 percent
4. Botulinum Toxin Type A: up 9 percent
5. Liposuction: up 7 percent
6. Male Breast Reduction: up 6 percent
7. Eyelid Surgery: up 4 percent
8. Dermabrasion: up 4 percent
9. Laser Hair Removal: up 4 percent
10.Laser Treatment of Leg Veins: 4 percent
“The typical male cosmetic surgery patient that I see is an average guy who wants to look as good as he feels. Most of my patients are ‘men’s men,’ the kind of guy you might not think would have plastic surgery,” said Stephen Baker, MD, a Washington DC-based surgeon.
Dr. Baker said that baby boomers reaching retirement age now are the head up the male plastic surgery trend. “They want to look good. So when they have the financial means to do it, they are ready to do it now,” said Dr. Baker.
The ASPS credits the improving economy for the overall increase in nips, tucks, and lifts.
Source: American Society of plastic Surgeons: PlasticSurgery.org
Photo Courtesy of ASPS