As plastic surgery is becoming more common in the U.S. and across the globe, it’s no longer just women jumping on the trend. Today’s procedures offer significant benefits to men looking to hide a minor imperfection or remain competitive in an increasingly youthful workforce. With a variety of procedures to choose from, it’s no wonder more men are turning to New York Group for Plastic Surgery to meet their aesthetic goals.

How many men?
Men had more than one million of the plastic surgery procedures performed in 2014, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). That number made up around 10 percent of all the plastic surgery procedures performed that year. The most popular procedure for men was liposuction, with more than 40,000 liposuction treatments done. Nose surgery came in a close second, with 32,641 rhinoplasties performed on men in 2014. Other popular procedures for male patients included eyelid surgery, male breast reduction and facelifts.

A study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) found that plastic surgery procedures for men have been increasing by 60 percent since 2000. This is double the increase seen in female patients during the same time frame. The ability to achieve aesthetic goals with shorter recovery periods, as well as the growing number of male celebrities that have opened up about their own experiences with plastic surgery, have paved the way for this demographic.

Who are they?
A report by Business Insider found there are four basic types of men that are more likely to seek plastic surgery procedures today:

  • Those seeking “photo-ready” looks comparable to what they see in today’s media
  • Men who want to enhance their body-building image with body sculpting procedures
  • Athletic dads looking to hide their “father figures” in favor of a more youthful image
  • The professional businessman who is seeking to retain his competitive edge in the marketplace

The increasing aging population is likely to be fueling the demand for plastic surgery with at least some of these sub-categories of prospective patients. Like women, men are looking for ways to achieve a more youthful appearance to match their inner vitality.

Why are they going under the knife?
While women are primarily looking for ways to restore their youth and improve their appearance, men seeking plastic surgery often have a slightly different motive in mind. In an increasingly youthful workforce, men are looking for ways to retain their competitive edge throughout their working years. From the back office to the head of the boardroom, men are realizing that one way to keep up their youthful, vibrant image is to maintain a youthful appearance.

At the same time, men are interested in enhancing and maintaining an athletic physique through body contouring procedures. This would explain why liposuction is such a popular procedure for men today, as well as male breast reduction to minimize the appearance of breast tissue and achieve a more masculine chest contour. According to ASAPS, breast reduction in men has increased 117 percent since 1997 and went up 7.1 percent in 2014 alone.

Is plastic surgery right for you?
With more men undergoing plastic surgery with excellent results, you might be wondering if a surgical procedure is the right step for you. The only way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon that can review your aesthetic goals and help you determine the best way to meet them. If you would like to learn more, contact the New York Group for Plastic Surgery at 800-433-7410 (New York City), 914-366-6139 (Tarrytown) or 845-294-2018 (Goshen).