Cosmetic surgery is normally associated with women, but a recent trend has seen the men of New York visiting cosmetic surgeries in large numbers for treatment. The most common problem requiring treatment is acne, although the range of conditions is increasing.
Dr Mitchell Chasin, who is a cosmetic physician and acts as the medical director for a clinic based in New Jersey, has observed a notable increase in the number of men seeking cosmetic surgery, evening out the ratio of male to female patients considerably. The past five years, in particular, have seen male patients go from being extremely rare to fairly commonplace in some surgeries.
Dr Chasin believes that although men are the same as women in terms of what they want out of cosmetic surgery, their way of approaching it is very different. While women are more likely to go for a drastic change straight away, men are more cautious and prefer to spread their treatment out into a number of smaller procedures.
They may have different approaches and different preferred treatments, according to Dr Chasin, but the motivation for undergoing cosmetic surgery is the same for men as for women. Both want to feel good about themselves and boost self-esteem by changing something about their appearance they are not happy with.
Figures provided by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry also indicate that men in America are increasingly likely to undergo cosmetic dental treatment, as the number of male patients is growing for specialists in cosmetic dentistry. Men now account for almost a third of the overall number of cosmetic dental patients.
So what is leading to the increasing numbers of men having cosmetic treatment? Some, including Dr Irwin Smigel, believe that our modern lifestyles are leading to men becoming more aware of their images, particularly those who are between the ages of 35 and 65, as they are more likely to be focused on their career and how having a particular image can help. A smile is a key part of making a first impression on someone and improving it can lead to increased self-confidence when trying to build both personal and professional relationships.