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Some Men Go Plastic Surgery Crazy Too

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I’m willing to bet that most people occasionally shake their heads at women and their plastic surgery choices. After all, along with breast augmentation surgery for the under-endowed, breast reductions for the huge and uncomfortable and tummy tucks for women after childbirth, there are some procedures that are pretty, well, “out there.” Like the designer pinky toe, for instance. Or the Brazilian butt lift.

But even though it’s on a smaller scale, be assured that men have cosmetic surgery too. And they occasionally go to some pretty surprising lengths to look the way they want to.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, men account for just under 10 percent of cosmetic surgery patients. Furthermore, men’s attitudes toward surgical improvement seem to be pretty open these days. Almost 70 percent of men surveyed say they would not be embarrassed if they chose to have surgery and other people knew about it.

It’s true that most men take a utilitarian approach to plastic surgery. Many, perhaps the majority, choose procedures for rejuvenation purposes, such as liposuction, eyelid lifts and hair transplantation. The next most popular reason to have surgery is to fix an unsatisfying feature — thus rhinoplasty and male breast reduction are also among the top five procedures for men. Several thousand men have ear surgery and facelifts each year as well.

But beyond that it can get a little weirder. Some men want a sculpted look to the extent that they’re using body implants to get it. Pectoral implants, or male chest implants, are becoming more common for men who want to look like gym regulars. To carry that ripped look even further, bicep, tricep and even calf implants are available.

It’s both refreshing and distressing to see men influenced by the media in this way. Apparently more and more are willing to go under the knife for what one might argue are superficial changes. Once upon a time, trying to attain the unattainable look was a woman’s struggle. Today, in what a writer for the Portland (Maine) Phoenix calls “our visual culture,” more and more men are also very concerned about their physical image.

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I also agree that men are getting plastic surgery more and more. I have no problem with plastic surgery; I can't imagine living with a nose (or other body part) that you absolutely hate and being made to feel bad for making it conform with the rest of your body.

My problem is the extreme of what people do. So many people have messed up their faces with botox, they look like wax figurines! Or facelifts that totally distort the feature we expect (Kenny Rodgers and Burt Reynolds some to mind as males who made these mistakes). It's like plastic surgery is addictive.
It reminds of of getting carpets cleaned. You have a home filled with white carpet. One room is dirty, the others are fine. You get the dirty carpet cleaned and all of a sudden the other rooms don't look good so you get them done. Then compared with the cleaned carpets, the walls look shabby so you get them painted, then the furniture looks old...and it goes on and on and it's a never ending circle. I've heard women say they never dreamed of getting their bellies "done" or their eyes lifted until one cosmetic procedure started the ball rolling and they end up never satisfied. I think that's a problem in this industry.
Upon saying that, I've seen many cases of great work done and I'm happy that the patients got the procedures and can move on in life without hangups. I know our physical selves aren't supposed to matter, in the whole scheme of things and I agree with that concept. But if there is something that really bothers a person, then go ahead and fix it. Just don't expect "perfection" because that only exists in our minds!

October 31, 2009 - 4:56am
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Cosmetic surgery has become very common nowadays between both men and women. There are cosmetic surgery packs provided in hospitals called "Extreme makeover". It consists of a set of multiple cosmetic surgeries done in one sitting. It is available in the packs that relate to both women or men.

October 31, 2009 - 1:01am

I'm pretty sure there are more men getting plastic surgery than we know. In a woman it is pretty obvious considering breast enlargement is one of the most common surgeries today-- why it is frown upon, I don't know. To each it's own I say as long as someone isn't pressing it on you, I don't see what the problem is.
Men tend to get things done that are more subtle-- such as nose, chest, lipo. Sometimes rhinoplasty is obvious but if the right plastic surgeon does the job, it can blend it perfectly fine with the rest of their face.

Nice article.

July 25, 2009 - 7:13am
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