Plastic surgery is often associated with women who are looking to improve their appearance or feel more confident. However, it’s not just women who feel pressure to look a certain way. Plastic surgery has been on the rise for men, too.
In 2015, men received 1.2 million cosmetic surgeries, just under ten percent of all cosmetic surgeries, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Men had less than one-third of those procedures done in 1997. Some plastic surgeons believe this rise in plastic surgery may be due to the taboo against men seeking out the procedures weakening. Others note the impact that social media has had on society. Now many people find themselves constantly on display or bombarded by images of others.
Men undergo some of the same procedures as women do, including liposuction, eyelid surgery, and rhinoplasty. Men are getting tummy tucks, breast reductions, and facelifts, just like women. However, plastic surgeons must take care to craft an appearance that is masculine enough for the client’s satisfaction. In addition to this, men’s skin tends to thickens as they age. Patients should seek out doctors who have previous experience with male patients. Many men do not want it to be apparent that they have had cosmetic procedures done, so it requires a skillful hand.
Perhaps surprisingly, men have also sought out the short-term benefits provided by injectable fillers. A newer injection called Kybella has been used to reduce under-chin fat for men who prefer an injection to surgery to create a stronger jaw. However, it requires multiple treatments. Men also typically need a larger dose of materials such as Botox to achieve the desired effect from the procedure.
While some of the men undergoing these procedures are models or actors who are undoubtedly known for — and required to maintain — their good looks, many average men seek out plastic surgeons to deal with the parts of their bodies with which they are unhappy. Some men even seek out cosmetic surgery to prevent themselves from looking older, which can harm their professional careers.
Furthermore, some procedures that are typically associated with cosmetic surgery may also have other benefits. For example, Botox can reduce excessive sweating, spasms, and migraines, among other issues.