Plastic surgery has long been thought to be ‘a woman thing,’ with most procedures marketed to and geared towards women. Men, on the other hand, have always been encouraged to ‘grow old gracefully’ and accept the way they look. Adjectives like ‘ruggedly handsome’ and ‘weathered’ are meant as compliments- but more men than ever before aren’t feeling so flattered, and are kicking those dated ideals to the curb.
Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, NV has noticed a marked increase in male patients in his practice, too. Says Mitchell "We are definitely seeing a lot more men looking for not just fillers, but for surgical procedures like liposuction, rhinoplasties, and even breast reductions." Mitchell’s practice isn’t alone, either - according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, since 1997, plastic surgery among men has increased by 325%. In 2015, men accounted for 40% of all breast augmentation surgeries, a 35% increase since 2000.
As for his theories about why so many of his new patients are men, Mitchell has a few: "We are becoming a selfie- obsessed culture, and men are feeling the effects of it, too." Continues Mitchell, "You almost have to be camera-ready at all times, because you never know whose social media account you’re going to be tagged on, or who will see your picture." Coupling that with the premium on looking young in the dating community, and increasingly, in the business world, it was only a matter of time before men jumped on the plastic surgery bandwagon.
Ultimately, Mitchell sees the uptick in male patients as a positive thing. Says Mitchell "Men deserve to feel confident about their appearance, too. They shouldn’t have to embrace or accept things they don’t like about themselves any more than women should."