I have written before about the trend toward new sections of the population embracing facial cosmetic surgery. Now we have some new numbers in hand that point to one of the fastest-growing segments: men.
Numerous media outlets, including our own LA Times, have run stories in recent weeks about the boom in male cosmetic surgery procedures. Different experts posit different causes, from the general aging of the population to a rise in younger management icons like Mark Zuckerberg. Whatever the case, there is no question that the “other half” of America is awakening to the many benefits of plastic surgery:
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. More than 41,000 lipoplasty procedures and almost 23,000 eyelid surgeries were performed on men in 2011, increasing 14% and 6%, respectively.
As a Los Angeles facial cosmetic surgeon, I can vouch for these numbers anecdotally. Men are coming into my office at the Otosurgical Group in increasing numbers, and increasingly leaving happy with the natural results they see.