For people who aren’t very familiar with the plastic surgery industry, there’s a common stereotype that cosmetic surgery patients are all wealthy, middle-aged socialite women. But in over twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, it’s become abundantly clear that people of all ages, genders, career paths, and walks of life choose to restore their self-confidence with plastic surgery (or, in some cases, attain a confidence they’ve never had before). In particular, men are becoming more and more frequent patrons at plastic surgery offices, especially when it comes to my specialty: the facelift and the Band Aid Mini Facelift.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (which collects data from surgeons nationwide each year), over 13,700 men in the US received face lifts last year, while in 2010 it was 10,300 men. And while women do still make up the majority of facial rejuvenation patients, men are gaining ground: they accounted for just over 8% of facelifts in 2010, but nearly 11% in 2015. This same trend occurs for plastic surgery in general, too: men received just over 142,000 cosmetic surgeries in 2010, and more than 196,000 in 2015.
Why the recent increase? Every patient’s motivations are their own, but there are a number of factors which may be making men more interested in plastic surgery. First, while men do often choose surgery simply to feel more confident in their appearance, more and more are also citing the need to look refreshed and youthful in order to compete in the job market. Especially for men in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who are competing with young professionals in their 20s and 30s, the natural aging of sagging skin and wrinkles can make them look more tired than they truly are, and a facelift as well as similar procedures like eyelid surgery or even non-surgical skin firming, laser treatments, or facial injectables can make a powerful difference in how they’re perceived and in the first impression they make.
Another potential reason behind the popularity of plastic surgery for men is that the surgical options themselves are improving. Surgeons are becoming more skilled at producing impressive results while keeping a masculine, discreet look. Newer, less invasive procedures also tend to open a lot of options for men, especially those in the corporate world, because they require minimal time off work. For instance, my Band Aid Mini Facelift focuses on natural-looking results, but it’s performed in-office using gentle numbing (as opposed to general anesthesia) and minimally invasive techniques, which results in a shorter recovery time in addition to less bruising and swelling as well as smaller scars.
Regardless of what reason you have for seeking plastic surgery, the fact is that as we continue to make new advances and develop new technologies, the procedures become accessible and relevant for more and more patients—including men. If you want to discuss what I can do to help you look and feel your best, schedule a consultation. Or, for more helpful tips, follow me, Dr. John LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.