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Men and plastic surgeryAccording to CBS 8  a shaky job market and a less-than-sunny economic outlook may be driving millions of American men to undergo what was once considered almost exclusively for women: cosmetic surgery.

A new report shows a 2 percent jump in U.S. males opting for facelifts, Botox injections and other cosmetic work compared with 2009.

The report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows men underwent more than 1.1 million cosmetic procedures, including both minimally invasive and surgical procedures.

While there’s plenty of speculation over the reason for the spike, according to one  plastic surgeon is the pressure to look young apparently affects other men, too — especially those looking for work.  The doctor also points to pressure from wives that have previously undergone some form of cosmetic surgery and encourage their husbands to also have some work done.

According to the society’s statistics, between 2009 and 2010 facelifts and ear surgeries jumped the most (11 percent and 9 percent, respectively), while BOTOX® Cosmetic injections (9 percent), liposuction treatments (7 percent) and even male breast reduction (6 percent) all saw significant increases.

While there may be an increase in the amount of plastic surgery procedures performed on men, the overwhelming majority of procedures are performed on women. Dr. O’Toole helps men to feel at ease with plastic surgery procedures by helping them to understand the procedures better and giving them an idea of the expected outcome. For patients who have never had plastic surgery, it may be best to start with injectables such as Botox and move into facial procedures such as a brow lift and blepharoplasty. Men can and should look their best at every age.


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