March 22, 2011

More Men Going Under The Knife

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that more men are going under the knife. Overall cosmetic plastic surgeries in men rose 2 percent in 2010 compared to 2009. In 2010, men underwent more than 1.1 million cosmetic procedures, both minimally-invasive and surgical.

In addition, many male surgical procedures increased significantly. Facelifts for men rose 14 percent in 2010 and male liposuction increased 7 percent.

"The growth in cosmetic surgical procedures for men may be a product of our aging baby boomers who are now ready to have plastic surgery," ASPS President Phillip Haeck, MD, was quoted as saying.

"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."

The fastest growing male cosmetic procedures from 2009 to 2010 in order of most to least increased percentage include: facelifts, ear surgery, soft tissue fillers, botulinum toxin type A, liposuction, breast reduction in men, eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, laser hair removal, and laser treatment of leg vein.

Plastic surgeons say that another trend they see in male plastic surgery is the type of patient seeking their services.

"Typically people think of celebrities and high profile men going under the knife," Stephen Baker, MD, an ASPS Member Surgeon based in Washington DC, was quoted as saying. "And while that may be true, the typical male cosmetic surgery patient that I see is an average guy who wants to look as good as he feels. Most of my patients are "Ëœmen's men,' the kind of guy you might not think would have plastic surgery."

Dr. Baker said that baby boomers who are now reaching retirement age are the new face of the male plastic surgery trend.

"They want to look good. So when they have the financial means to do it, they are ready to do it now," said Dr. Baker.

The top five male cosmetic surgical procedures in 2010 were nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction, breast reduction, and hair transplant.

In 2010, the top five male cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures were botulinum toxin type A, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peel, and soft tissue fillers.

SOURCE: American Society of Plastic Surgeons, March 21, 2011