In recent years, men have taken to the stage, the blogosphere, the medical journals and indeed, to the clinics, to proclaim their right to look and feel their best. For decades, plastic surgery has been the purview of women (and those who identify as women), but no longer.
Increasingly, men are availing themselves of plastic surgery options. As they do, top San Francisco plastic surgeons such as Sieber Plastic Surgery are making the effort to serve them more effectively. Surgeries are now common enough that we have statistics about what surgeries men favor and how many elect to undergo them every year.
If you’re a man considering cosmetic surgery, you’re far from alone. Here are seven of the most common surgeries men receive today, as well as descriptions of what they are.
1. Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
Perhaps surprisingly, men most frequently undergo plastic surgery to treat their noses. “Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a ‘nose job’ or ‘nose reshaping’ by patients, enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose,” explains the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “It can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.” In a different report, they add that 52,660 men underwent this procedure in 2018, more than a quarter of the number of women who did it. (All figures following are also from this report.)
2. Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Also surprisingly, eyelid surgery is next on the list. 31,494 men opted for surgery, the goal of which is “Removing excess tissue from your upper eyelids,” which “can improve your vision.” Plus, “Upper and lower lid blepharoplasty can make your eyes appear younger and more alert.” Whether you want the surgery because you are having trouble seeing, or it will give you more confidence from family holidays to the boardroom, this could be a good choice.
In 2018, 29,528 were performed on men. This is more than 10 percent of the number performed on women, demonstrating the rising popularity of this procedure among the male set. This procedure involves general anesthesia, during which the physician inserts a thin tube called a cannula through an incision in the body. The cannula sucks out the fat. Surgeons may then remove excess skin and muscle as well for an overall tightening effect known as an abdominoplasty.
4. Gynecomastia Surgery (Breast Reduction)
The Mayo Clinic defines gynecomastia as “swelling of the breast tissue in boys or men, caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. Gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly.” Breast reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure aimed at reducing the size of breasts by removing tissue. The surgeon may also tighten the skin and reposition the nipples, or combine the surgery with pec implants meant to define the contours of the chest better. This makes men feel more confident, and may also address the pain that sometimes accompanies the condition. 24,753 opted for this in 2018.
5. Hair Transplantation
It’s probably no surprise that hair transplantation is a popular surgery, given how common it is. As the American Hair Loss Association explains, “By the age of thirty-five two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss, and by the age of fifty approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair.” 16,840 men had this procedure performed in 2018, inserting new hair into follicles to replace missing hair and rejuvenate those dead follicles.
6. Facelift (Rhytidectomy)
Another surgery typically associated with women, facelift is becoming more common among men, with 12,017 men getting it done in 2018. This procedure involves making incisions in hard-to-see areas around the face, such as under the chin, behind the ear and in the hairline. Physicians then pull the skin to tighten it, sometimes removing excess, before suturing it back in place for a firmer effect. As the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery points out, “By removing excess, sagging skin, smoothing deep folds, and lifting and tightening the deep facial tissues, a facelift surgery can help a patient look not just younger, but simply ‘better.’”
“Dermabrasion is an exfoliating technique that uses a rotating instrument to remove the outer layers of skin, usually on the face,” explains Healthline. “This treatment is popular with people who wish to improve the appearance of their skin. Some of the conditions it can treat include fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, and uneven texture.” 10,486 elected this surgery in 2018.
Men also choose to receive many minimally invasive procedures each year. These include Botox injections, cellulite treatment, chemical peels, laser hair removal, skin resurfacing, sclerotherapy, tissue fillers and more. Overall, these procedures account for 1,092,103 of the 1,306,844 procedures that men undergo each year. The more invasive surgical procedures, listed above, account for 214,741 – but that number is growing all the time.
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