More Men are Nipping and Tucking
Princess 19 on 21 Mar 2011 at 12:00am
Plastic surgery is often associated with women and aesthetic beauty. But now, more men are getting in on the act. Move over, ladies -- make room for the men.
Newly released statistics* show that more men are getting plastic surgery. The amount of procedures performed on men was up 2% in 2010 vs. 2009.
The increase in cosmetic surgical procedures for men may be a result of baby boomers who are now ready to have plastic surgery, said American Society of Plastic Surgeons (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 may also be spurred on to undergo an elective surgery through positive reinforcement from their significant others. It’s not such a taboo subject anymore, and men are now more open to going under the knife to improve their appearance. This includes all men – not just celebs or high profilers. Who says you have to be George Clooney?
Some noteworthy stats:
The number one procedure done by men was rhinoplasty (Worth It rating 73%, average cost $6000) with over 60,000. Eyelid surgery (Worth it rating 71%, average cost $4200) was second with over 30,000.
- The top minimally-invasive procedure was Botox injections (Worth it rating 64%, average cost $500) injections. This was also the number one minimally-invasive procedure for women. Over 335,000 injections were done on men. In combination, over 5 million crows feet, furrowed foreheads, and laugh lines were injected in 2010.
- Laser hair removal (Worth It rating 67%, average cost $1700) was the second minimally-invasive procedure done on men with 165,000. While laser hair removal may not be a painless procedure, we’re going to go out on a limb and say it may be more comfortable for men than say waxing. Ouch.
* Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). See more stats here.
Facelift photo: Daniel Shapiro, MD
Hair removal photo: Barry DiBernardo