Across the world, more and more men are turning to cosmetic surgery to look and feel younger. In fact, according to the recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, men accounted for about 13 percent of surgical procedures performed in 2015 in the U.S., and about 8 percent of cosmetic procedures like anti-wrinkle injections.
This trend isn’t limited to the United States. Although up-to-date plastic surgery statistics aren’t kept here in Australia, according to Dr Joseph Rizk, Australian Plastic Surgeon – Australian men are also embracing cosmetic surgery and non-surgical alternatives. In particular, the trend of male plastic surgery is being driven by two factors. First, it’s becoming more socially acceptable for men to undergo these procedures. Male Australian celebrities now openly talk about their experiences with plastic surgery, and societally, men are now expected to maintain a younger complexion later in life.
Plus, baby boomers – who make up the largest percentage of cosmetic surgery patients – have embraced plastic surgery. Many Australian adults in their 50s and 60s are seeking to defy the aging process and achieve a more youthful experience with plastic surgery, and this generation will likely continue to drive the trend.
Men of all ages are undergoing plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures, but for the most part, there are three demographic groups that are most likely to undergo surgery. They include:
The Top 5 procedures that men undergo are similar to those that women seek out. In fact, liposuction, nose reshaping and eyelid surgery are among the Top 5 for both women and men. The most common types of plastic surgery include:
The pectoral reduction is one procedure specific to men that has gained in popularity over the last five years. In the U.S., 27,000 male breast reductions were performed last year, up 5 per cent from 2014, and according to Dr Joseph Rizk, that trend is similar here in Australia.
Additionally, men are also undergoing non-surgical procedures – like anti-wrinkle injections – as well as skin resurfacing treatments in greater numbers. In 2015, the Top 5 non-surgical procedures men underwent were anti-wrinkle injections, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peel and soft tissue fillers. This type of cosmetic work far outpaced surgical options, with numbers averaging between 100,000 to 200,000 of each procedure performed in 2015.
Cosmetic surgery is gaining popularity among men – especially as they face societal pressure to maintain youthful, fitter appearances and feel more open to these options. In particular, men in their 40s and 50s are leading the charge, and they’re seeking out traditional plastic procedures like rhinoplasty, liposuction and facelift, as well as non-surgical alternatives.
Dr Joseph Rizk became Australasia’s plastic surgeon of the year by making sure that each patient is heard, respected, and treated well. His patient-first approach provides you with the accurate medical information you need to make informed decisions about your course of treatment. At the same time, he offers his decades of knowledge and experience to help you along your path.