Cosmetic surgery in general has shown a drastic increase with a record of 11 million procedures performed in 2013 according to the most recent statistics from The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Men had more than 1 million cosmetic procedures which was 9.4% of the total. This may not seem like a lot in comparison to the total but the increase is over 273% from 1997.
As a leading facial plastic surgeon in Utah, Dr. Scott Thompson reports the number of men and women coming in for rhinoplasty surgery has been essentially the same. For facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelifts, female patients have always far outnumbered their male counterparts. Interestingly, he notes that the trend seems to be shifting as he continues to see more men for both facial rejuvenating surgical procedures as well as less invasive injectables and other office based procedures.
“This is an exciting trend to me as facial aging in men often results in a tired, aged, or angry appearance in men just as it does in women. And with the advances of our understanding of health and medicine, our population is staying healthy longer, living longer, and staying in the workforce longer. With these trends it is perhaps even more important that we pay attention to the initial impression that our appearance reflects.”
Men report turning to facial cosmetic surgery for varying reasons. While most male cosmetic surgery patients at Thompson Facial Plastics just want to look their best, a large amount of men undergo cosmetic surgery to stay competitive in the job market. By looking as young and confident as they feel, they believe they’ll be more likely to climb that corporate ladder. Men also increasingly turn to cosmetic surgery following a breakup or divorce to help get them back into the dating field.
With advancements in technology and new non-surgical procedures, it’s no wonder a large amount of men are coming in for non-invasive cosmetic procedures to help them look and feel their best. The number of botox procedures for men increased 310% from 2000 to 2013. Other popular non-surgical procedures for men include chemical peels, laser hair removal, dermal fillers and microdermabrasion.
The top 3 facial cosmetic surgery procedures for men in 2013 were rhinoplasty surgery, eyelid surgery, and facelift surgery, which is in complete line with the male patients Dr. Thompson performs surgery for. Younger males are typically interested in rhinoplasty surgery while older men often have eyelid and facelift surgery at the same time. Dr. Thompson is known for the refined natural result that male facelift patients desire.
“There are differences when planning for rejuvenating surgeries for men as compared to women, but a well-performed face and necklift in a man can transform that initial impression from a tired, worn-out, or even angry look to a confident, energetic, and distinguished look. I have personally witnessed this in both my female and male patients and am excited that I can make a positive contribution to the lives of my patients.”
ABC4Utah recently highlighted Dr. Thompson’s episode on Male Cosmetic Surgery from The Younger You with Troy Thompson where the results and experience of 2 male facelift patients is documented from start to finish.
Dr. Scott Thompson is dual board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He practices in three locations and five surgical centers along the Wasatch front in Utah and offers a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures to correct and prevent signs of aging and enhance overall beauty. For more information on male cosmetic surgery, visit utahfacialplastics.com or call (801)776-2220. Virtual consultations are available for out of town patients.