Why Men Are Having More Cosmetic Surgery Than Ever Before

Although women still hold the bigger chunk of statistics for cosmetic surgery, the number of men who are requesting it have jumped by 17 percent in the last 12 months, in UK at least. But it isn’t just the UK who has seen the surge in numbers; it’s worldwide. What’s the probable reason? The stigma on the idea of cosmetic surgery has toned down through the years.

Cosmetic Surgery Statistics

In 2010, there are 64, 000 nose reshaping and 18, 000 breast reduction cases in male cosmetic surgery. Eyelid surgery was 31, 000 while liposuction reached up to 24, 000 according to ASPS. As a total, the number of men who had plastic surgery from 1997 to 2012, has increased by 106%.

Australia on the other hand has spent 40% more than the US on plastic surgery per 10, 000 people where they spend $300 million dollars or more per year for Botox treatments.

Common Procedures Opted by Men


Rhinoplasty is the medical term for nose job. The rise in this procedure can be due to the symmetry that a good nose can bring to the face. The procedure can reshape the nose to correct size, shape and even congenital defects.

Hair Transplant

Men are more prone to pattern baldness compared to women, thus the rise of this procedure among men. Hair transplant has many offerings in the cosmetic surgery market. Various techniques are used for this.

Chin Enhancement

Chin enhancement or Mentoplasty in medical terms, includes the implanting of silicon in the chin or revising chin shape. Men undergo this procedure to create a more masculine look.

Gynaecomastia Surgery

Gynaecomastia, commonly known as man boobs, is a major problem for some men. It may cause embarrassment and lots of bullying among peers. Although it may be caused by many factors, weight gain and genetics contributes a lot to it. Man boob reduction has seen a rise in the cosmetic surgery field these past few years.


Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is another procedure that is done to by both men and women. The procedure includes liposuction, the removal of the excess skin and the repositioning of the remaining skin.


Blepharoplasty is a common surgery today. The goal is to reshape the eyelids and improve vision or to put double eyelids to those who are single-lidded. Eyelid surgery may correct the size and appearance of upper and lower eyelid common with onset of age.


Men are often dissatisfied with the way their ears look like thus the surge of numbers in otoplasty or ear surgery. The surgery aims to help those people correct the ear size, shape and orientation.


Liposuction is usually a procedure that may include series of surgeries before the goal is achieved. The process includes the liquefying of fat cells in the specified area and then suctioning the fatty matter out from the body. Men often use liposuction for the belly and the arms.

Face and Neck Lift

Face and neck lift often go together. The surgery tightens the sagging flesh and skin around the skull, back of the neck and under the hairline. Men who opt for this procedure may have Botox injections after to maximise the results.

Brow Lift

Sagging brows are often the most noticeable sign of aging. Since skin in the forehead may have lessened elasticity due to lesser collagen production, the skin sags and may need tightening procedure. Botox is often used to together with the Browlift.

Baby Boomers

Another thing that most experts have associated with the rise in procedures is the age group we know as the baby boomers. Baby boomers are approaching their golden age, and with money to spare, they will be fuelling the cosmetic surgery industry for years to come. More men at this time are seeking mid-life nip and tuck.

In an article from ABC News, Dr. John Millard, a Denver based plastic surgeon said that, “The baby boomers are living longer, healthier lives than their parents did. 65-year-olds then were grandparents; today they are climbing mountains and running marathons. They’re spending more time in front of the mirror and holding themselves to a higher physical standard.”

And with the shortness of recovery time and advanced techniques, more men are opting for different procedures. This has given rise to the 22% more men getting surgery from 2000 to 2012 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

For career

The pressure in the workplace has been attributed to another thing that leads men to cosmetic procedures. And the trend is not only be true to the US and UK alone, the rise in Australian clientele is also on the rise.

Dr. George Marcells, President of the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, told ninemsn that “with ageing workforce, men are feeling a lot of pressure to stay relevant.”

Traditionally, men may only opt for cosmetic surgery for sporting injuries, breathing problems or to treat some medically related condition. Today though the reason has shifted, it’s done to keep their edge and to maintain a  youthful appearance in the workplace.

Dr. Haeck back this point up:

“I get men out of work who want to look younger because they’re competing with guys 20 years their junior for jobs. That’s a very different attitude towards surgery than we’ve seen in the past,” says Dr. Phil Haeck, ASPS president.

Today, the way you look can be a big factor in climbing corporate ladder.

Pressure to Look Young

manphoto: Mikhail Chekmezov

Since most women are opting for some form of cosmetic surgery, more men may feel left out when they don’t go with the trend. This pressure has prompted more and more improvement among men’s physique which may improve their confidence too.

Dr. John Flynn of Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery said that having procedure boosts people’s confidence. And since people can face issues in employment once they get to the age of 50, the cosmetic surgery may be a source of stimulus to maintain appearance.

Breaking Down of the Stigma

The past would have had witnessed the stigma attached to the practice of cosmetic surgery. But with social acceptance that has rendered today, more men now turn to cosmetic procedure. Since cosmetic surgery in the past was a women’s procedure, men were worried of having the procedure and of revealing it to their peers.

Male celebrities admitting to their procedures also helped alleviate the stigma. With this, more men are open to the possibility.

Couple Surgeries

There has been a boom with couples of certain ages opting to go for procedures together. These help in the ease of the procedure since mutual understanding between spouses about the procedures being performed may help them support each other.

Proliferation of Male Beauty Products

In the past, men’s facial wash and facial products were limited. Today, the variation may be as wide as those of women’s beauty products in the supermarket aisle. These products were specifically made for men, based on different studies.

Other Cosmetic Procedures by Men

Other cosmetic procedures opted by most men that are not mentioned in our list above include:

Dermal fillers. These fillers will give back volume to a man’s face. Although most male patients may only opt for subtle changes.

Pectoral Implants. These implants are inserted in the chest for a more defined and sculpted look of a man’s chest.

Brachioplasty. Brachioplasty is the medical term for an arm lift. Usually, it’s done to help correct sagging arms. Excess and slacken muscles are removed together with the skin. The incisions are usually kept in the inside of the arms.

Chemical Peels. Chemical peel is one of the non-invasive cosmetic procedures that most men go for. It’s a fast way to rejuvenate the face and gain a younger and fresher look.

Things to remember

Before surgery, there things that one should remember. The major one is about the surgeon. Your choice of surgeon may make or break your chosen procedure. Look for an experienced and licensed one. And with this, there are also some personal things that one has to do. Usually, your doctor may give you a checklist and advice on what to do and what not to do in order for your procedure to be a success.

One you have to remember after a cosmetic procedure is that it needs to be maintained. Often you will have to have revision procedures to uphold your new look. And to make everything much better, complement your new procedure with better lifestyle.

Further readings for safe cosmetic surgery:

National Framework for Cosmetic Medical and Surgical Procedures

Clinical Guideline for Specific Plastic Surgery

Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

Protecting Patients from Avoidable Harm


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  1. Among men, nose jobs remain the most common operation, undertaken by more than 1,000.

    The biggest rise in demand among men was for breast reduction to eliminate ‘man boobs’ or ‘moobs’ and liposuction, with a 24 per cent and 28 per cent increase, respectively.



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