2015 marked the 100th anniversary of plastic surgery.

The first modern procedure was performed during the First World War in a field hospital in Belgium by Harold Gillies. During the course of the 20th century, plastic surgeries steadily grew in popularity and today, they are more prevalent than ever. The figures are simply astounding. According to statistics published by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 20 million plastic surgery procedures were carried out last year.

 

A decade ago, liposuctions, nose jobs and facelifts were mainly reserved for the female population. However, in recent years, more and more men are choosing to go “under the knife” in order to improve their looks. While men are still a minority (less than 10% of patients are male), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the number of cosmetic procedures performed on men has increased by 112% in the last 15 years

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery collects data on the number of aesthetic procedures and publishes a report every year. Here are the top five most popular cosmetic procedures for males, according to their latest report.

5 Most Popular Surgeries

1. Liposuction – 51.370 procedures

As you probably know already, liposuction is extremely popular among
the female demographic but large numbers of men are also venturing
into this form of surgical body contouring. Typical treatment areas
include the abdomen and the chest area, in order to highlight muscle
definition.

The average cost:
$2,800

2. Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) – 30.928
procedures

While some people
simply don’t like the look and the shape of their nose, many people
undertake the procedure because they have difficulties breathing
through their nose. Rhinoplasty opens the nasal airways and makes
inhaling and exhaling easier.

The average cost:
$4,500

3. Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) – 30.696
procedures

Many men opt for
blepharoplasty to remove the signs of aging, such as crow’s feet,
wrinkles and saggy eyelids. During the procedure, the surgeon makes
tiny incisions in the crease of the eyelid and removes the excess
skin tissue.

The average cost:
$2,800

4. Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty) –
30.464 procedures

Gynecomastia is a
condition that enlarges the breasts in males, due to obesity,
genetics or hormones, and most of men who suffer from this condition
get a breast reduction. The method is similar to liposuction, and if
necessary, the surgeon removes extra skin and repositions the nipple.

The average cost:
$3,100

5. Facelift (Rhytidectomy) – 13.726 procedures

Facelifts are
also mainly used to diminish the signs of aging in the face and neck
area, and while it’s still popular, due to high price, many people
go with non-invasive alternatives. Botox is one of the more popular
alternatives, because it can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

The average cost:
$6,500

Invasive vs. Non-Invasive

Cosmetic
procedures have two main categories – invasive procedures such as
abdominoplasty
(the popular “tummy tuck”) and non-invasive ones such
as mesotherapy
(a series of injections that are meant to break up
fat deposits). The latter is more popular with man, mainly because of
the price. However, some men still opt for invasive treatments, in
spite of stitches, lengthy recovery times and medical bills in order
to achieve the most radical result possible.

Why Are More Man Getting Procedures?

Male cosmetic surgeries are certainly nothing new. Hollywood has had an unbreakable bond with plastic surgery for nearly a century at this point; however, did you know that the person who started the trend was actually a man. Silent movie actor Rudolph Valentino was the first Hollywood star that underwent a plastic procedure. Valentino had his ears pinned back in 1920 and soon after, many of his contemporaries followed suit.

Today, the workplace has become more competitive than ever, and everyone wants to have an advantage over the competition. It seems that men are increasingly investing in their bodies in order to boost their careers. According to the research by Daniel Hamermesh, the author of the book “Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful”, on average physically attractive make around 4% more money than a person with below-average looks.

I’m writer and a devoted mother from Australia. I love badgering about beauty, green lifestyle choices and parenting techniques.

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