It’s a rat race out there. When 25-year-olds can own million-dollar start-ups in Silicon Valley, more years do not necessarily get you more respect in the office. The harsh truth for most men is this: It’s not what you know. It’s how youthful you look.
At least that’s what The New Republic is positing in its article exploring the increase of male cosmetic surgery and ageism in hyper-competitive workplace environments.
And are more men seeking out plastic surgery these days? Doctors report that male patients want to look alert, refreshed, and on the top of their game. To find out more, 6,000 board-certified plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and cosmetic dentists were surveyed. Here are the most interesting findings:
• 72% of doctors surveyed report an increase in male patients in the last year.
• Doctors report that over 50% of new male patients who visit their practice are between the ages of 25 and 44.
• For the face, 50% of doctors say that facial rejuvenation (procedures to restore youthful look, such as a brow lift, eyelid surgery, and toning sagging skin) is the most popular among men. (Do you want to insert links to these procedures on his website?)
• For the body, the most popular procedure is CoolSculping — a nonsurgical fat removal technique that boasts lower cost and less downtime than liposuction.
What’s more, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports that the number of cosmetic procedures for men has increased by more than 106% between 1997 and 2012.
Overall, doctors agree that men are striving to look their best at a time when they are likely competing for jobs or venture funding against much younger men.