The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has released new statistics that reveal plastic surgery for men is on the rise. Cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in men were up 2 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, and some surgical procedures had significant increases, including facelifts (up 14 percent) and liposuction (up 7 percent).
This trend may be due in part to to aging boomers who want to look their best and stay competitive in the job market. Dr. Phillip Haeck, ASPS’s president, attributed the increase in facelifts to men in their 50s and 60s.
“That’s the leading edge of the baby boomers. These are really fit people who have paid a lot of attention to keeping their bodies in shape,” he said. “This generation has paid a lot of attention to how they look, and they don’t want to grow old gracefully.”
Haeck has also seen men come in for procedures because of pressure to look younger while looking for work. He said men have told him: “You’ve got to do something to help me because I need a job and I’m afraid I’m going to lose out because people are going to think I look too old.”
Breast reductions for men, which increased by 6 percent, on the other hand, are most common in men younger than 30, according to Haeck. “For them it’s a lot of money, but they are tired of being embarrassed by it,” he said.
By volume, nose surgery remained the number one surgical procedure for men, and Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox, Dysport) was the top non-surgical procedure. The top five procedures are as follows:
2010 Top Five Male Cosmetic Surgical Procedures
- Nose Reshaping
- Eyelid Surgery
- Breast Reduction in Men
- Hair Transplantation
2010 Top Five Male Minimally-Invasive Procedures
- Botulinum Toxin Type A
- Laser Hair Removal
- Chemical Peel
- Soft Tissue Fillers