Plastic surgery certainly isn’t a new phenomenon. But the number of men seeking plastic surgery has been on the rise for the last 25 years, increasing by more than 325 percent over the past two decades. Body enhancements and cosmetic procedures are not only synonymous to women. In fact, a whopping 1.2 million men had procedures done in 2015, in comparison to 286,790 in 1997.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery found that the top five procedures for men were liposuction, breast reduction, nose surgery, eyelid surgery, and facelifts.
Nevertheless, women still have more surgical procedures.
Interestingly, liposuction is the most popular for both men and women.
Moreover, fat transfers are on the rise. Since the body doesn’t reject its own fat, patients tend to run a lower risk of complications from the procedure.
The study seems to also suggest technological innovations combined with easier overall treatments are making patients more eager to jump under the knife.
According to Cosmopolitan.com, Dr. Deborah Johnson, a plastic surgeon from Sacramento, these growing numbers reflect the changing times. Surgery is no longer for the rich and famous. It’s becoming more affordable and procedures are less invasive. So more people are opting to do it.
On top of all that, celebrities are more open about their routine procedures in comparison to the past.
So the conversation surrounding body image issues is more prevalent.
Americans spent 13.5 million dollars on cosmetic procedures in 2015. As a result, the business is becoming more lucrative as body modification – for both men and women – gains in popularity.