Beyond Brotox: Are More Men Getting Cosmetic Surgery?

Chako S. on 15 Apr 2014 at 2:14pm

Are More Men Getting Cosmetic Surgery? RealSelf data says YES!

Here’s a dose of #realtalk: More years do not necessarily get you more respect in the office. At least that’s what The New Republic is positing in its article exploring male cosmetic surgery and ageism in hyper-competitive workplace environments. According to its interviewee, San Francisco-based cosmetic surgeon Dr. Seth Matarasso, working men in Silicon Valley have a pretty straight-forward goal: “‘Hey, I’m 40 years old and I have to get in front of a board of fresh-faced kids. I can’t look like I have a wife and two-point-five kids and a mortgage.’” ‘Nuff said.

Is what Dr. Matarasso's seeing normal? And are more men seeking out plastic surgery these days? To find out, we turned to a group of of top doctors from our active community of more than 6,000 board-certified plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and cosmetic dentists. Here are our most interesting findings:

  • More Men: 72% of doctors surveyed report an increase in male patients in the last year.
  • And they’re younger, too! Doctors report that over 50% of new male patients who visit their practice are between the ages of 25 and 44.
  • They’re looking for work above the neck... For the face, 50% of doctors say that facial rejuvenation (procedures to restore a more youthful look, such as a brow lifteyelid surgery, and toning sagging skin) are the most popular among men.
  • … and below! For the body, the most popular procedure is CoolSculping — a nonsurgical fat removal technique that boasts lower cost and less downtime than liposuction.

Overall, RealSelf doctors agree that men are striving to look their best at a time when they are likely competing for jobs or venture funding against much younger men. Doctors report that male patients want to look alert, refreshed, and on the top of their game. What’s more, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports that the number of cosmetic procedures for men has increased by more than 106% between 1997 and 2012.

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Even celebrities like Patrick Dempsey and Simon Cowell have openly admitted to cosmetic procedures. American Idol judge Cowell actually embraces his use of Botox and told the UK's Glamour Magazine, "I’ve had Botox, but then again, pretty much everyone I know has. To me, Botox is no more unusual than toothpaste. It works, you do it once a year — who cares?"

About 30% of our RealSelf community is men, and we’d love to hear from them! Add your thoughts in the comments below!

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