Most people agree that cosmetic surgery is more synonymous with women than with men, but the fairly recent trend of male plastic surgery procedures may disrupt that preconceived notion. Seventeen percent of men (according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) look at plastic and cosmetic surgery more favorably than they did 5 years ago – an indication that men are beginning to close the gender gap in the plastic surgery industry.
There is no question that there has been a decline in the number of plastic surgery procedures in recent years, due to the economy-dependent nature of the industry. But despite this fact, plastic surgeons everywhere, including Dr. John LeRoy, have been seeing a rise in the number of males coming into their practices and opting for cosmetic procedures.
According to a study by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the top five most popular cosmetic surgery procedures among men are liposuction, nose surgery (rhinoplasty), eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), male breast reduction (gynecomastia), and hair transplantation.
There also remains a preconceived notion that cosmetic surgery is a luxury for those that have enough money to indulge. However, with industry advancements, plastic surgery has become more affordable than ever. In fact, the largest group of cosmetic surgery consumers is made up of middle class women. With the rising popularity of male cosmetic surgery, middle class men are also opting for more and more procedures – with “average” guys going in for procedures that, in the past, they would not have considered.
If you are a man considering plastic surgery, but have more questions, including expected cost and recovery time, contact Dr. LeRoy’s office today.