While women make up the majority of cosmetic surgery patients, more men are embracing it as well. According to 2009 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), men received 13 percent of all cosmetic surgical procedures and 9 percent of all cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures performed in the United States in 2009.
Bill Neville, 52 and father of a four-year-old son, recently shared his plastic surgery journey with reporter Elise Morgan of WHNT NEWS 19 in Huntsville, Alabama. Neville began to worry about how old he looked. “He’s [my son's] going to start t-ball, swimming, and I don’t want to be out there with the rest of the dads and have them looking at me like, ‘Hey! Grandpa is out here to watch his grandson!’” he said.
Changes in his diet and exercise helped, but he decided to get plastic surgery as well. “Just rolling back the clock a bit on this turkey gobbler and possibly getting the skin off my eyelids would be great,” he said before his surgeries.
Neville had several procedures, including his eyelids, a facelift, a neck lift, laser resurfacing of his skin, and injections to fill in wrinkles. “I was hoping not to look real “plasticky” and stretched, and I don’t think I do. I think it looks real natural and everyone I’ve talked to thinks it looks great,” he said.
Wondering what the most common procedures for men are? ASPS statistics show that the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures for men last year were:
- Rhinoplasty (surgical) / Botox (minimally-invasive)
- Eyelid surgery / Microdermabrasion
- Liposuction / Laser hair removal
- Breast reduction / Chemical Peel
- Hair transplantation / Wrinkle fillers
Bill Neville’s story and a video are on the WHNT News website: “Plastic Surgery for Men Isn’t Taboo”.
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