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Men Prefer Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Almost everyone has some part of their body that they would like to be different, but can you guess what cosmetic enhancement men are most likely to undergo? The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that facial cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical facial procedures are the most popular treatments for men.

Denver facial plastic surgeons Dr. Andrew Wolfe and Dr. Steven Vath at the Center for Cosmetic Surgery discussed the ASPS report in light of their own experience in practicing cosmetic surgery.

"It is a common misconception that men are more body-focused when it comes to their appearance," explained Dr. Vath. "But the statistics and our experience indicate otherwise. Men frequently choose procedures such as eyelid surgery or a facelift in Colorado at our practice, mirroring the national numbers." Many believe that the face-centric male preference in cosmetic procedures is due to a contracting job market, in which men believe that they will be more likely to get and keep jobs if they have a youthful appearance. "The fact is," noted Dr. Wolfe, "We live in a very youth-oriented society. The face, typically more so than the body, reveals our age, and may affect others' perception of us."

There are also many tested, effective facial procedures that are noninvasive, and require little administration and healing time. These sorts of procedures, such as BOTOX® injections, minimize cost, intrusion to the body and recovery time.

Another factor in play is the long life span and general health of many in the baby boomer generation. As life expectancy increases, and men and women maintain active, healthy lifestyles, many seniors do not feel old, and seek cosmetic alterations that will make them look as good as they feel; often such work centers on facial enhancements. Common complaints include heavy eyelids, wrinkles, brow furrows and frown lines. "Older men today are healthier and fitter ? essentially staying younger for longer," said Dr. Wolfe. "We often hear from our male patients that they want their face to reflect that level of energy and vitality."

Men are also more likely to seek cosmetic procedures because they are better informed about their options than they have been in the past. Cosmetic surgery has been somewhat stigmatized for men in the past, but with more celebrities, athletes, and other high-profile men undergoing cosmetic procedures, men are becoming more interested. Older men in particular seem to be less interested in radically altering underlying structures or making major changes, and more interested in minimally-invasive procedures that will make them look less stern or angry and more youthful. "With increased information, we've seen attitudes about cosmetic procedures relax ? particularly among men," said Dr. Vath.

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