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Men, Plastic Surgery and Competition

Written by Paul Wolf

More and more men are undergoing plastic surgery, and their reasons are often to keep a competitive edge in the workplace.

Hoping to hang a younger face on an aging body, more and more men are opting for plastic surgery these days. Between 1992 and 1998 alone, the number of liposuctions performed on U.S. men tripled.  In 2004, 10 percent of all liposuctions were performed on men.

 
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Men are having more nose jobs than ever before.
The number of liposuctions on men increased by 63% in 4 years.
Women are still nearly 10 times more likely to have plastic surgery. 
 
"Women are no longer alone in their desire to look and feel younger," says Dr. Paul Schnur, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. "More and more men are having cosmetic surgery, not only to look and feel younger, but also to sometimes give themselves a competitive edge in the workplace."

In 2004, the top procedure performed on men was "nose reshaping" with over 109 thousand procedures.  The second most popular procedure was liposuction. 32,489 men had their fat sucked out of their bodies compared to over 19,999 in 1998, according to statistics from the ASPS.

Eyelid surgery was almost equal with liposuction with nearly 33,000 men having their eyes lifted. This is more than double the 1998 figure of 15,564.  Other relatively popular surgeries for men include botox, breast reduction, chemical peels and laser hair removal. 

Despite the spiking number of surgeries on men, women make up 87% of all plastic surgery customers.