Plastic surgery was once considered a procedure only young women underwent to enhance their looks. However this has changed in recent years, with more and more males trying to obtain what they believe is the ideal male physique.
According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the number of cosmetic procedures performed on men increased 256 percent from 1997 to 2001 (with a corresponding 311 percent climb among women).
[world] In the past two years the rate of procedures among males has grown by 400,000. What is causing men by the droves to turn to such extreme methods of unnatural beautification? Gina Glenn, receptionist at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Laser Center in Farmington Hills, said many of the clients don’t even need the surgery. However, the center has also never turned down a client’s request.
As the corporate world continues to appear more youthful with each passing year, older men are turning to surgeons to restore their looks from decades past. Dr. Phillip Miller, a plastic surgeon in New York, said, “[Older men] don’t want to come across as appearing tired, inattentive or unkempt.” Many baby boomers believe, to fight ageism, or discrimination based on age, cosmetic surgery is the only way.
While looking younger is one reason many men go under the knife, many undergo cosmetic procedures to boost self-confidence.
“Self-esteem has a lot to do with plastic surgery,” said George Poletes, M.D., of the Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeons, PC, in Lansing. Poletes named liposuction, chin implants and eyelid surgery as the most common procedures he performs on male clients. Unlike Glenn’s practice, Poletes has turned down between 20 and 30 percent of clients because they had unrealistic expectations.
Licensed psychologist, Gregg A. Pizzi (from where), said that men are more likely to get cosmetic surgery because they are trying to correct a problem they perceive they have based on earlier experience. “Many people, including men, seek to modify their physical appearance for reasons other than a psychological problem,” Pizzi said. “It is not necessarily related to some pathological issue. In today’s American society, there is a great emphasis on aesthetics (physical appearance), and there is increasing pressure to look as good as one can.” He said this is because plasic surgery helps many people feel better about themselves, or atleast expect that they will be happier with such changes.
[men] People between the ages of 35 and 50 were the prominent age group of clients across the country that underwent plastic surgery in 2004, while the 19-34 age group made up 22 percent. The top five procedures among men in 2004: liposuction, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, breast reduction and hair transplantion.
Though its not as common for younger males to go under the knife, it is still an ever-growing trend to not only battle ageism, but also to give men a higher level of confidence. Andrew (LAST NAME?), a marketing sophomore, said he would never get plastic surgery. However, he would consider it if the results would move him up the corporate ladder.
Similarily, other MSU males, such as David a pre-med freshman who would like his last name sealed, wouldn’t consider getting plastic surgery, but also wouldn’t talk someone out of getting a procedure done.
Plastic surgery may be moving slowly toward becoming a trend among American males, but it’s a relief to know most guys are OK with their physical appearance when they look in the mirror.

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