Written by Andrew Champagne for Avima.com
The desire to be satisfied with one’s own appearance isn’t exclusive to one sole gender. While it’s often women who are most associated with plastic surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that men underwent more than 1.3 million cosmetic procedures (classified as either surgical or minimally-invasive) in 2017.
This article aims to investigate the most-performed procedures on men, as well as provide more insight into those procedures.
Botox takes the top spot in this list in a landslide. More than 467,000 such treatments were undergone by men in 2017, and that number alone accounts of 35% of the 1.3 million-treatment annual total.
Each Botox session generally costs several hundred dollars, and unlike other plastic surgery procedures on this list, there is no recovery time for Botox injections. Those who choose to undergo the procedure can return to their normal lives later that day, though the injections must be repeated in several months for skin to maintain its smoothed-out look.
2) Laser hair removal
As mentioned, it was a distance to the runner-up in this list, and that spot goes to laser hair removal. Men underwent more than 184,000 such procedures in 2017 and comprised 17% of all laser hair removal patients, which numbered just shy of 1.1 million.
As explained by WebMD, laser hair removal can take many forms. The waxing method perhaps made most famous by Steve Carell’s character in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” is only one option. Long-term treatments using laser light energy are popular, as are shorter electrolysis treatments, back shavers, and hair removal creams.
Microdermabrasion procedures are minimally invasive and remove dry skin cells from the body. This process has gained traction among men, as males comprise 19% of 2017’s microdermabrasion patient group. More than 142,000 procedures were performed on men, a 66% increase from the year 2000.
Professional dermatologists that perform microdermabrasions in their offices generally recommend visits every month or two, per a Huffington Post article on the subject. Additionally, there are handheld devices on the market that can provide similar exfoliating effects at home when used daily or weekly.
4) Chemical peels
Chemical peels can help solve a variety of skin issues. According to WebMD, the procedure can reduce fine lines, as well as treat wrinkles, acne, and freckles while also improving the look and feel of skin as well. Men underwent more than 107,000 chemical peel procedures in 2017, a slight increase of 3% from 2016.
Chemical peels involve doctors applying solutions (usually a form of acid) to a small patch of skin. While this could result in mild redness that lasts a few days, this allows new skin to take the place of older skin, and the newer skin is often smoother and less wrinkled.
5) Soft tissue fillers
Nearly 100,000 soft tissue filler procedures for men were recorded in 2017, and few forms of plastic surgery have exploded among males like this one. Since 2000, this number has nearly doubled in size, with men using numerous types of fillers to treat various lines in their faces.
The most popular treatments for men involve hyaluronic acid, which is present in Juvederm, Perland, Restylane, and Prevelle products. These fillers can last anywhere from four to nine months, and can cost anywhere from $450 to $750 per syringe depending on the thickness of the filler used.
6) Nose surgery
Rhinoplasty procedures can be done for plenty of different reasons. In addition to correcting problems such as a deviated septum, they can also address a number of different cosmetic issues and alter the shape of noses in a number of ways. More than 52,000 men underwent nose surgery in 2017, and it was the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure among men last year, well clear of eyelid surgery (32,281) and liposuction (28,180).
According to WebMD, recovery from a rhinoplasty takes several weeks. Those that undergo the procedure generally wear nasal splints and suffer from minor swelling in the following days, and patients are encouraged to stay away from strenuous activity for as long as six weeks after the operation is performed.