Although the majority of cosmetic surgery patients are women, there has been an increase in the number of men choosing cosmetic surgery in recent years. One report noted an 88 percent increase in cosmetic procedures performed on men since 1997, and a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) found that 12 percent of men said they plan to have cosmetic surgery at some point in the future.
There are a variety of reasons for the growing popularity of cosmetic procedures for men. Spouses and significant others may play a role in encouraging it. Their careers may also influence them, as men may feel pressure to maintain a more-youthful look in the workforce.
Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery for Men
Men seem to favor non-surgical facial procedures, according to the top five cosmetic procedures from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (the national society that Cleveland cosmetic surgeon Dr. Faisal Quereshy is a member of). The most popular procedure for men is Botox; hair transplantation/restoration was second; and microdermabrasion was fourth.
Surgeons say that men are more discreet about cosmetic procedures, and so they tend to look for outpatient procedures with little recovery time and subtle results.
Laser hair removal and liposuction also made the list of the top five most popular cosmetic procedures for men, according to the AACS.
For body procedures, like liposuction, men often focus on areas like the lower back, upper flanks and abdomen, otherwise known as the “spare tire.”
Removal of fat from under the chin — neck liposuction — is also becoming more popular for men. For instance, Barry Lind, 52, said he chose to have cosmetic surgery after losing weight, which left him looking like a “12-year-old St. Bernard.”
“After successfully losing 30 pounds over two years, I decided to get a neck reduction at age 47,” Lind said. “That consisted of liposuction and tightening of my neck muscles.”
A year later, Lind got a chin implant. “I’ve maintained my weight, and I look great,” said Lind. “No regrets.”