We are all going to be OK. Cosmetic plastic surgery is on the rebound … finally.
And while the economy’s slow pull out of the recession has helped, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it’s men who are leading the way out of the non-enhanced dark ages.
More than 1.1 million men underwent plastic surgery in 2010—up two percent from 2009. Invasive surgeries, especially, are increasing. Facelifts are up 14 percent, and liposuction increased by seven percent. The top ten fastest growing cosmetic procedures among men were:
- Facelift — 14% Increase
- Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) — 11% Increase
- Soft Tissue Fillers — 10% Increase
- Botulinum Toxin Type A — 9% Increase
- Liposuction — 7% Increase
- Breast Reduction in Men — 6% Increase
- Eyelid Surgery — 4% Increase
- Dermabrasion — 4% Increase
- Laser Hair Removal — 4% Increase
- Laser Treatment of Leg Veins — 4% Increase
And guess what? According to Stephen Baker, a surgeon in D.C., even manly men are having work done:
Typically people think of celebrities and high-profile men going under the knife. 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 “men’s men,” the kind of guy you might not think would have plastic surgery.
It all makes too much sense. The other day, I walked by a construction plant and then wandered through a lumber yard. The one thing that stuck me during my travels was that all of these men—when they weren’t wearing hard hats, of course—had perfect ears. And thanks to these statistics, now I know why.