It’s safe to say that in recent years, plastic surgery has been thought of more as a women-centric area of medicine. But that perception may soon change. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more men are going under the knife (or needle!) and surgically enhancing their appearance each year. These five procedures took the crown as the most popular among men in 2016.
Liposuction took the top place among men in 2016, with 45,012 procedures total. Lipo also took the No. 1 spot for female patients, with 369,323 procedures performed. Liposuction is a fast and effective way to remove stubborn fat deposits that accumulate on the body, but it’s not just for hips, thighs and abs. It can be used on the neck, arms, chin, back and many other places with stubborn fat that won’t budge with diet and exercise. It’s no wonder it’s so popular with patients of both genders!
While breast augmentation took the No. 2 spot among female patients in 2016, breast reduction took the No. 2 spot among men. That’s because when fat accumulates around the male breast (called gynecomastia), it can be almost impossible to lose. This fat is not caused by diet, but by a hormonal imbalance. Though diet and exercise won’t help, the condition is easily fixable with male breast reduction surgery.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, was the third most popular procedure for men in 2016. Blepharoplasty is often done for cosmetic as well as for medical reasons. As we age, the skin on our face begins to sag. That includes our eyelids. When the skin on the eyelids begins to sag, it can make us look worn and tired, but it can also diminish our peripheral vision. This can make doing everyday tasks like working, exercising and especially driving very dangerous. A blepharoplasty helps lift the eyelids so they don’t sag anymore – and improves both the patient’s appearance and ability to see.
This category is somewhat vague, as nose surgery can encompass many different procedures. Much like eyelid surgery, nose surgery can be done for medical as well as cosmetic reasons. It can be done to correct breathing or to straighten a nose that was left crooked after an injury. It can also be done simply to balance the face and improve the aesthetic of the nose.
Finally, the fifth most popular plastic surgery procedure among men in 2016 was the face-lift. It seems like men are starting to catch on to what many women have known for ages: There’s nothing wrong with a little pick-me-up to help you feel young and refreshed.
To learn more about any of these procedures, please give Dr. Bruce Chau’s office a call at 888-966-9471.