Plastic Surgery for Men Gaining Momentum in Lagging Job Economy

plastic surgery menAt one time, plastic surgery for men came with a stigma, but not anymore. At least according to Dr. Bruce Kraemer, chief of plastic surgery at Saint Louis University Hospital, who says that more and more men are seeking out plastic surgery procedures to stay competitive in a gloomy job market.

“If people are concerned about job retention, if you look around the table and you feel like you’re the oldest, sleepiest looking one, perhaps, from your facial expression changes—we can do things for that,” said Dr. Kraemer.

Kraemer says he sees men from various vocations seeking facial rejuvenation procedures such as eyebrow lifts to give them an edge in the workplace. Heâ??s also seen men in traditionally very masculine career fields turning to plastic surgery to secure their jobs.

“When the police department started requiring officers to wear a bullet proof vest, we saw a number of officers come in who were individuals who had collections around their middle that made it hard to wear their bullet proof vest,” Kraemer said.

Dr. Kraemer states that he performs various cosmetic procedures for men, ranging from nose jobs to neck lifts and everything in between. And while most men appear to be choosing plastic surgery for job security, he also sees men seeking out plastic surgery for purely cosmetic reasons.

Plastic surgery for men doesn’t appear to be waning in popularity anytime soon. The U.S. has seen a steady increase of plastic surgery for men over the past 10 years. In 2010 alone, nearly 12.6 million men elected cosmetic procedures, a 10 percent increase from the year 2000.

Learn more about plastic surgery for men in Seattle.

Source: KSDK News

More Men Turning to Plastic Surgery

The latest statistics show that more men are having plastic surgery, with some surgical procedures showing significant increases. Facelifts for men, for instance, were up 14 percent in 2010 compared to 2009. Since 1997, the number of men getting cosmetic procedures has increased 88 percent.

Special Considerations for Men

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the top surgical procedures for men in 2010 were nose surgery, eyelid surgery, liposuction, breast reduction and hair transplantation.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Genter has had many male patients over the past two decades, from teenagers to security contractors in Iraq. He pointed out that there are some special considerations with men and plastic surgery.

  • Because men donâ??t wear makeup, their incisions are harder to hide.
  • They usually have less hair or no hair at all to camouflage scars.
  • For facelifts, sideburns have to be kept in place.
  • Because men sometimes go shirtless, liposuction incisions on the body have to be small.

Men are also seeking non-surgical procedures too. Former model Sean Jones said that running kept his body in shape but affected his face. “If you lose weight, it goes from your face, too,” he said. “And I started having those little wrinkles.”

His modeling agency told him to freshen up his look, so he got Botox injections to smooth wrinkles and a filler to plump up his cheeks and under-eye area. According to ASPS, Botox was the top non-surgical procedure for men in 2010.

Despite plastic surgery for men becoming more common, surgeons have noticed that men tend to keep their procedures to themselves. Jones’s surgeon, Dr. Marlene Mash, said, “We have people whose spouses don’t even know they’re having anything done.”

New Plastic Surgery Stats Show More Men Undergoing Facelifts, Liposuction

increase in plastic surgery for menAging baby boomers who want to look their best and stay competitive in the job market have led to an increase in men undergoing plastic surgery.

According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic surgery procedures in men were up 2 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, and some surgical procedures showed significant increases, including facelifts, up 14 percent, and liposuction, up 7 percent.

Dr. Phillip Haeck, the society’s president, said the increase in facelifts is largely driven by men in their 50s and 60s.

“That’s the leading edge of the baby boomers,” he said. “These are really fit people who have paid a lot of attention to keeping their bodies in shape.” But, he said, they’re getting a “turkey neck,” which is something exercise won’t get rid of.

“This generation has paid a lot of attention to how they look, and they don’t want to grow old gracefully,” he added.

Haeck has had men come in for procedures because they want to appear younger while looking for work. He said men have told him: “You’ve got to do something to help me because I need a job and I’m afraid I’m going to lose out because people are going to think I look too old.”

By volume, nose surgery remained the number one surgical procedure for men, and Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox, Dysport) was the top non-surgical procedure. Here are the top five procedures for men:

2010 Top Five Male Cosmetic Surgical Procedures

  1. Nose Reshaping
  2. Eyelid Surgery
  3. Liposuction
  4. Breast Reduction in Men
  5. Hair Transplantation

2010 Top Five Male Minimally-Invasive Procedures

  1. Botulinum Toxin Type A
  2. Laser Hair Removal
  3. Microdermabrasion
  4. Chemical Peel
  5. Soft Tissue Fillers
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