Plastic surgery clients are still overwhelmingly female, but the numbers may even out as time goes on. Millennial males feel more comfortable with physically altering their appearance than previous generations, and more are having procedures done. Attitudes have changed, with nearly 60 percent of millennial male ages 25 to 34 saying they were open to undergoing cosmetic surgery, according to a study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This potentially huge market means many plastic surgeons are specifically hawking procedures for guys in this age range.
Many of the men responding to the survey gave the standard reasons for undergoing plastic surgery, such as improving appearance, looking less tired or pleasing their partner. However, these young men realize that appearance and youthfulness count in the work world and consider cosmetic surgery a way to stay competitive. That doesn’t mean guys aged 25 to 34 were thinking about having plastic surgery anytime soon, but it’s an option they might consider in another decade.
Nose jobs and ear pinning were the top two plastic surgery procedures for men, but the third is a bit surprising. That’s gynecomastia or breast reduction. Apparently, “man boobs” occur a lot more than people think, and they make men self-conscious. Men who have successfully lost a lot of weight are also candidates for liposuction and tummy tucks to get rid of the skin left over from when they were heavy.
Men aren’t likely to boast about undergoing cosmetic surgery unless the results give them a considerably different look. On the other hand, the stigma surrounding plastic surgery is virtually gone for this generation, so many males will ‘fess up if asked. Men might share the names of their plastic surgeons the way they do trainers or stylists.
Male Millennials are no more immune to the culture of social media and selfies than their female cohorts. It’s natural to want to look good on social media, and a little nipping and tucking can work wonders. Like women, male Millennials are more likely to have noninvasive procedures like fillers rather than literally going under the knife. Botox expects the trend toward male clients to accelerate in the coming years, according to a company spokesman. If selfies continue as a defining image for this tech and media savvy generation, a rising demand for such products is a good bet.
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