Although gossip magazines still sell copies by the millions for cover stories about celebrities’ rumored cosmetic procedures, more Americans are beginning to accept plastic surgery as the norm. This trend toward acceptance is evidenced by the most recent upswing in men seeking cosmetic surgeries. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 9% of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in the U.S. were conducted on men – a 121% increase since 1997.
“While the number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the U.S. increased just 1% from 2010 to 2011, the number of males getting liposuction and eyelid surgeries is on the rise,” reported Susan Carpenter of the Los Angeles Times. Over 41,000 lipoplasty procedures and nearly 23,000 eyelid surgeries were performed on men in 2011, up 14% and 6%, respectively. Liposuction is the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure performed on men, followed by rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, male breast reduction and facelifts.
While men have been more comfortable going under the knife, women have been trending more toward minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures, such as BOTOX® and Restylane®. “A combination of medical, technological, economic and societal factors are contributing to the increase,” says Carpenter. “Advances in anesthesia, in particular, have made many procedures available on an outpatient basis, negating the need for overnight hospital stays, reducing recovery times and allowing patients to get back to work more quickly.” A mere 18% of cosmetic procedures were performed in hospitals in 2011 according to the ASPS.
Although these advances have been a large contributor to American’s acceptance of plastic surgery, the main driving factor of the trend “is the simple fact that such a sizable portion of the U.S. population is aging.” The 2011 International Study of Aesthetic/Cosmetic Surgery Procedures reports that people ages 35 to 64 account for 71% of all cosmetic procedures in the U.S.
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