Plastic Surgery: How Many Men Get These Procedures?

Caring about your appearance and wanting to look and feel your best is no longer perceived as a concern held only by women. With a continual shift in the cosmetic industry and its consumer base, it’s clear that women are no longer the only ones seeking minor plastic surgery procedures to maintain their looks. In today’s appearance-obsessed society, “keeping up with the Joneses” has taken on a whole new meaning.

Statistics have shown that cosmetic treatments are on the rise for men, and there’s no difference between east and west coasters. However, it still seems that men are not as ready and willing to completely go under the knife for beauty’s sake. Of the 1.3 million cosmetic procedures performed on men in the U.S. last year, a whopping 1.1 million were minimally to completely non-invasive.

For more insight into the world of cosmetic procedures, we reached out to two leaders in the aesthetic industry — Dr. Chia Chi Kao, located on the West Coast, and Dr. Neil Sadick, located on the East Coast. Dr. Kao told us, “Men are realizing more and more that the technology is there and is relatively pain free and it works, so why not? It is now smart to take care of yourself without coming across as being narcissistic or vain.”

According to Kao and Sadick, these seven are among the most requested procedures.

1. Hair enhancement

man with thinning hair

Man with very short, thinning hair | Source: iStock

Platelet Rich Plasma and Serum Protein extract are used to fertilize the hair follicles. This can enhance hair growth and reduce the rate of hair loss, although it is not a replacement for hair transplants, which have a social downtime of one week (due to scabbing and mild swelling of scalp), and take six months for visible growth and a year for full results.

2. Neck firming

attractive young man looking in mirror

Man examining his neck and jaw | Source: iStock

There are many devices that can be used for skin tightening around the neck, such as lasers like Regenlite, Ulthera and RF. These devices need multiple treatments and are only temporary. A surgical neck lift is the only more semi-permanent alternative procedure.

3. Fat reduction on upper neck

Used to reduce fat under the chin, Kybella is an injectable solution that kills fat cells. The injection contains a naturally occurring molecule which eats away at fat. When injected properly, all other cells are left healthy and intact.

4. Fat reduction with CoolSculpting

Coolsculpt (cryolypolysis) is used for abdominal and flank fat reduction, and there is now an attachment that can be used for fat under the chin, as well. The down side is that it takes multiple treatments and results can be disastrous. Since each area is a procedure, it can become costly if you need multiple areas. Liposuction in some cases can be a better option.

5. Laser hair removal

Guy getting Laser Epilation Treatment

Laser hair removal | Source: iStock

This has become a popular trend in the cosmetic world. Laser hair removal for the body has risen about 40% over the past five years.

6. Skin rejuvenation

One of the most popular things that men are doing these days is changing the texture of their skin. They’re using more skin care products and laser procedures to bring back a more youthful appearance. With the help of non-abrasive lasers, men are able to treat sun damage, pigmentation and acne scars. Regenlite, a popular laser solution, is an all-in-one medical laser which emits a unique laser light, SmartPulse, from a hand piece held close to the skin. For acne sufferers, the laser light kills and reduces the bacteria-causing infection and simultaneously stimulates the natural repair mechanisms of the skin. The light penetrating into the blood vessels stimulates the body’s natural response to produce collagen, enhancing skin rejuvenation and reducing wrinkles or acne scarring.

7. Skin tightening/non-invasive face lifts

ThermiTight is a skin tightening treatment that uses a tiny probe to deliver radio frequency energy just beneath the surface of the skin. It’s primarily used to tighten sagging skin on the face, but it can also be used on the neck, tummy, and thighs. Used to lift and tighten loose skin on areas such as the eyebrows, jawline, and jowls, as well as improve wrinkles on the chest, Ultherapy is a treatment that uses ultrasound energy to heat targeted tissue under the surface of the skin, triggering the natural production of collagen.

Remember: Before having any procedure done, make sure to research your practitioner, choose a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon with experience in the specific technique of interest, and be sure to review any before and after images available by the practitioner to become more familiar with expected outcomes.

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