Changing Attitudes Toward Male Plastic Surgery

 A new report by the Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed some interesting new perspectives on male plastic surgery. Procedures on men have skyrocketed nearly 30 percent over the past 18 years, with some procedures growing in popularity by 671 percent. With those rising rates in mind, JAMA examined people's thoughts behind plastic surgery in men - specifically in how men are perceived following a plastic surgery procedure. Using before and after photos of 24 men who underwent facial plastic surgery, the study asked 145 participants (mostly male) to rate the photos and share their opinions of the faces before and after.

The good news is that the results are overwhelmingly positive. Men who underwent facial plastic surgery were perceived as being more likable, attractive, trustworthy and having better social skills than those who did not. Furthermore, certain qualities were perceived to be higher depending on where on the face the men had surgery.

For example, men who underwent neck-lifts were perceived as more masculine, while men who had lower eyelid-lifts (lower blepharoplasties) were seen as more risk averse. Men who received upper blepharoplasties and rhinoplasties were believed to be more trustworthy and likable.

The results come as welcome news, as plastic surgery becomes less controversial thanks to a shift in acceptance in recent years. The study found that things like social media and career advancement are helping usher these changes. Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, Nevada, agrees.

"There is a definite shift in acceptance toward facial plastic surgery in both men and women, but especially in men," he says. "Many patients are motivated by how they look in selfies, but for some they want to keep a competitive edge in the workplace."

That's because in an age of job-hopping, staying with the same company for your entire career is falling by the wayside.

"Many companies don't offer retirement and pension anymore, so there's not a lot of reason to stay in a job that isn't paying well," says Mitchell. "But to be competitive in the job market, you need to look the part. Unfortunately, in many cases that means looking young."

That youthful appearance is exactly what men are going for with surgery.

"Men want to look as young on the outside as they feel on the inside," says Mitchell. "And they want potential employers to think of them as youthful and able to understand new technology and ways of thinking."

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