Men Looking for Youth
Plastic Surgery on the Rise
Dr. Randy Martin: According to 2010 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, men are increasingly having plastic surgery procedures done. Let’s find out what they’re getting and why.
In its 2010 statistics release, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) revealed a 14 percent increase in the number of facelifts among men and an 11 percent increase in number of plastic surgical procedures on men’s ears. In fact, procedures in males, including both minimally invasive (such as Botox injections) and surgical procedures, accounted for almost 10 percent of all procedures for the year. “The numbers for the men are definitely increasing,” says Joseph Woods, M.D., chief of plastic surgery for Piedmont Hospital. “Ten years ago, my practice in cosmetic surgery was 99 percent women. And today, I would say it is 90 percent women. Men are now realizing plastic surgery is not just for their wives.” So why are men having plastic surgery? Often it’s for marketability in the workplace. According to the ASPS statistics, men and women between the ages of 40 and 54 are getting the majority of cosmetic procedures. These older men are typically looking for ways to bridge the gap between themselves and younger men who are job hunting. Dr. Woods reports seeing many men requesting facial types of procedures and those for the torso, either breast reductions or tightening of areas men aren’t able to tone to their satisfaction. If you’re debating a tightening option but aren’t quite ready for a facelift, Dr. Woods says Botox or fillers can help for a good five or six years. “For invasion-free help for your skin—whether you’re male or female, adopt healthy eating habits and an exercise regimen, stay out of the sun, and do not smoke — one of the top ways to age your face,” Dr. Woods suggests. “Also, hydrate your skin with a moisturizer, use sunscreen, and apply a topical, mild acid like alpha hydroxy acid (glycolic acid), which is found in many skincare products.”