Study: Cosmetic procedures, plastic surgery now ‘common’ Father’s Day requests for men

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, III — Looking for something different to get dad for Father’s Day this year? How about some plastic surgery? A new study claims that cosmetic procedures are growing in popularity among middle-aged men so much that they’re becoming “common” Father’s Day requests for many.

Research conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that more fathers are turning to what’s referred to as the “Daddy-Do-Over” to improve their looks and confidence at the same time. A spinoff of the “Mommy Makeover,” this masculine take involves both surgical and non-surgical body contouring and facial adjustments performed in a single operation for men.

“Men are embracing the idea of surgery more than before,” says Dr. Alan Matarasso, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in a statement.

In fact, the report finds that 1.3 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men in 2018, a total that shot up nearly 30 percent since figures taken in 2000. Botox injections have especially become more accepted among men, with nearly 500,000 procedures logged in 2018, along with 100,000 filler injections.

When it comes to plastic surgery, doctors completed more than 200,000 surgical procedures in 2018. Getting a nose job (rhinoplasty) was most common with about 52,000 surgeries done, followed by eyelid surgery, liposuction, breast reduction, and hair transplantation rounding out the top five. Doctors say a 5% increase in liposuction and a 17% jump in hair transplants compared to 2017.

“Obviously, men don’t go through the same physical changes that women experience during pregnancy and post-pregnancy, but their lifestyle does change, which can impact their appearance,” says Matarasso. “Diet and exercise patterns fluctuate, and they don’t sleep as much. Men notice their body changes due to aging and parenting, and it starts to look completely different in their 30s and 40s. That is the point of a Daddy-Do-Over.”

Matarasso notes that many male patients are turning to surgery in hopes of helping them professionally, too.

“I’ve been in fashion my entire career, and it makes me feel good when I walk in the room and I don’t feel as if I look 60 in a room of 25- to-30-year-olds,” admits a 59-year-old patient from New York City who underwent chin surgery, an eye lift, and removal of fat from his cheeks. “I always carried weight in my neck and chin, and my droopy eyelids made me look more tired than I actually was. I’ve gained unexpected confidence from the small changes I took.”

Matarasso suggests that men who are interested in cosmetic surgery consult a doctor who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to ensure they receive the best and safest care.

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