The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recently released its annual report detailing which procedures were the most popular among Americans in the past 12 months. This annual report showed that Americans spent the amazing amount of 13.5-billion dollars on procedures in 2015. This is a very large increase of almost 1.5-billion dollars over what Americans spent in 2014. The report shows that Americans enjoy having plastic surgery and there is no longer any stigma associated with having a procedure judging by the number of people who chose to have one last year.
Plastic surgery is often thought of as a “female procedure” but a good number of men are also spending money on cosmetic surgery procedures. According to the recently released report, only 9.5% of the total cosmetic procedures in the United States were performed on male patients. However, it is worth noting that the number of males having cosmetic surgery procedures has increased a staggering 325% since 1997. Since the number of men deciding to have procedures is growing, what exactly are they having done to enhance their appearance?
In general, the top procedures undergone by male patients included liposuction, nose surgery, eyelid surgery, male breast reduction and facelifts. In fact, the number of Gynecomastia procedures AKA male breast reduction increased by 26% in 2015. Last year was not the only year that male breast reductions increased in popularity. The number of men undergoing male breast reduction has increased an amazing 173% since the 1990s.
It appears that male patients are also fans of injectables such as Juvederm and Botox. They were the most popular nonsurgical choice for both men and women as the treatments help add more volume to the face and decrease the visible signs of aging.
Tattoo removal is also a very popular choice among male patients. Some men want a tattoo removed because it has the name of a significant other they are not involved with anymore. Other men want to get rid of an old tattoo because it is visible in a place where it makes it hard for them to get certain jobs due to the workplace policy of the company. Finally, some men want to remove an old tattoo just for the simple fact that they regret getting it in the first place. No matter what the reasoning is behind the desire to remove the tattoo, the number of men wanting to get rid of their body ink grew by almost 39% in 2015.
The results of the report show that, when it comes to having a cosmetic surgery procedure, men are just as likely to undergo a procedure as women. Cosmetic surgery is now an equal opportunity choice and men are not afraid to exercise their right to have a procedure. It will be interesting to see the next annual report when it is released in 2017 to see if the number of men having cosmetic procedures grows once again and continues the trend started in 1997.