People generally associate women with plastic surgery procedures with a few men sprinkled in here and there. But according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recent report on plastic surgery statistics, the number of men opting for cosmetic surgeries and other procedures increased considerably. The economic downturn caused a dip in the number of cosmetic procedures overall in years past, but the growth of male patients opting for the services has sparked a rebound for the industry.
Fastest Growth for Males in Surgical Procedures
In past instances of growth in cosmetic procedures for men, the surge had consisted largely of minimally invasive services, such as Botox for wrinkle reduction or fillers, like Juvederm and others. The current growth trend, kindled by men, involves a larger percentage of surgical procedures. The report shows a 14 percent increase in facelift surgeries and an 11 percent increase in otoplasty (outer ear) procedures. Other cosmetic surgeries men choose to undergo include liposuction, blepharoplasty (eyelid), breast reduction, and dermabrasion. Minimally invasive procedures in men increased as well. Botox and filler use rose by 9 and 10 percent respectively and laser hair removal by 4 percent.
A Cosmetic Procedure for Every Man
Men opted for 1.1 million image-enhancing procedures in 2010. The typical male patient is the average man, nearing retirement, who hopes the procedures will make him look as youthful as he feels. The aging relatively affluent baby boomer population comprises a large percentage of those undergoing the knife and other less invasive cosmetic options. Plastic surgeons report treating all types of men – from bankers and stockbrokers to mechanics and construction site foremen.
Top Surgical Choices for Men and Women
Men choose facelifts over any other cosmetic surgery and women overwhelmingly choose breast augmentations over other available surgical procedures. Breast augmentation, by the way, remains the top cosmetic procedure in the United States and continues to rise. Other favorites for both men and women include tummy tucks and rhinoplasty (nose reshaping). Women tend to begin undergoing cosmetic procedures at significantly younger ages than men, but men may eventually follow suit if they continue along this current trend.
Find additional Information about plastic surgery statistics here on the ASPS website. The entire procedural statistics report is posted in detail, including statistics on gender, procedure cost, top ten procedures, and ethnicity.