Up until now, cosmetic surgery fell into a strictly female domain where men dared not venture. While cosmetic surgery is still more prevalent among females, there is a rising trend among males to get plastic surgery procedures. Although most are still a little hesitant to go under the knife, they are willing to opt for non-invasive procedures such as Botox, hair removal, and microdermabrasion.
Statistics show that male cosmetic surgery has actually increased by 273% since 1997. With 1 million cosmetic surgical procedures within the last year, the number still only accounts for 9.4% of the total cosmetic surgeries done. It does, however, show that a gradual increase is taking place.
Why the Increase?
There may be multiple reasons for the steady increase in male plastic surgery but chief among them seems to be social acceptance. Up until now it was taboo for a man to undergo a cosmetic surgical procedure. Now that it has become much more acceptable and not frowned upon, men have the confidence to opt for them.
Another reason for the change is the increased competition in the corporate world. It is no secret that the cut throat corporate world demands you to be in your best shape at all times. Presentation, aesthetics and your look play a great role in the dynamics that help you move forward in your career. With this concept in mind, more and more men are opting for a cosmetic surgical procedure allowing them to opt for a more masculine and younger look.
Up until now, cosmetic surgeries were strictly female territory. As the number of men opting for cosmetic surgeries increases it’s important to see how they differ from females when it comes to the type of cosmetic surgeries.
Male and Female Cosmetic Surgeries: Similarities and Differences
As there is an increase in the male surgical procedures, there is a distinct difference between the cosmetic procedures that men and women undergo. The main reason behind this is the obvious difference in the male and female body.
Strangely enough, the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures tackle the same areas albeit in a different manner.
Rhinoplasty and Facelifts are two cosmetic procedures that are equally popular among the two genders whereas eyelid surgery follows closely.
Most Popular Cosmetic Surgical Procedures for Men
The most popular male surgical procedures today include the following:
Rhinoplasty is one procedure that both genders simply love. Whether it’s a drastic change or a subtle one, rhinoplasty has a way of completely changing the way you look. Nose reshaping entails sculpting the nose by making it bigger or smaller in size and changing the angle between the nose and the upper lip.
Eyelid surgery entails removing the excess fat from the eyelid and removing the dark circles under the eye to give the face a fresher look. An eyelid surgery typically takes about 10 days to recover after the procedure has been done. Its best to refrain from contact lenses for about 2 weeks and stick to the trusted old glasses until the recovery time has elapsed.
In this cosmetic procedure, excess fat and tissue is removed from the abdominal area. In some cases, doctors may even opt for ab reshaping. A tube is inserted into the skin and used to remove the excess fat through suction.
Breast Reduction in Men
Also known as Gynescomastia, breast reduction in men is a procedure that removes the excess fatty tissue from around the breasts. The doctor may even reshape the pectoral area according to the preference of the patient. This problem is more common than you would think. About 40 to 60% of males suffer from this condition which may affect either one or both of the breasts.
This entails tightening the skin around the face and reducing the number of wrinkles. Face lifts are great if you want to get rid of the lines that have appeared on the skin. The recovery time for this procedure is typically 10 days to 3 weeks.