Acceptance of Plastic Surgery for Men Is on the Rise

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There is disagreement about just how much male plastic surgery is increasing, but there is no argument that more and more people are accepting of the concept.

Men have always been a significant part of our plastic surgery practice

Men are getting more plastic surgery than ever . . . maybe. To find evidence that it is increasing, you have only to look in newspapers and on television, but to find evidence that it is not increasing, you have only to look at the statistics. However, according to Dr. Leo Lapuerta of the Plastic Surgery Institute of Southeast Texas, acceptance of male plastic surgery is definitely increasing.

Statistically, plastic surgery for men is declining, maybe. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, liposuction for men went down by 57% from 2000 to 2009. On the other hand, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery claims that liposuction for men increased by 43% from 1997 to 2009. Both societies agree that the number of overall plastic surgery procedures for men peaked in either 2007 or 2008, and in 2009 saw a significant decline. Although the ASAPS claims that men make up a slightly larger percentage of plastic surgery patients now, the ASPS says that men made up the largest fraction of patients when their number of procedures was at its height. Nonsurgical procedures, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, have grown significantly for men, although maybe not as much as for women (290% vs. 225% (ASAPS), 227% vs. 548% (ASPS)).

"Men have always been a significant part of our plastic surgery practice," says Dr. Lapuerta, "but what you're seeing now, what's creating stir in the media, is an increasing acceptance of plastic surgery for men. Men used to be very concerned about concealing their surgery, but nowadays they are much more open about it."

There may be many reasons for increasing acceptance of plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures among men. One is probably the revelation that good looks do make a difference in a person's professional life, with the so-called beauty dividend contributing about $250,000 to a person's lifetime earnings. This makes plastic surgery "practical" and therefore more acceptable from a "masculine" point of view. Another factor is increasing acceptance of plastic surgery generally. A recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery showed that 71% of people felt society was less judgmental about cosmetic surgery than it had been five years ago. A third factor contributing to acceptance of plastic surgery for men is a by-product of third-wave feminism. Part of third-wave feminism is what is described as sex-positivism, where women are encouraged to make vocal judgments about sex and sexuality, including what makes men attractive. Statements of this type may make men more open about appearance-related concerns and what might be done about them.

About Plastic Surgery Institute of Southeast Texas

The Plastic Surgery Institute of Southeast Texas is the private practice of triple-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leo Lapuerta. It offers a wide variety of plastic surgery procedures such as breast enhancement, body contouring, and facial plastic surgery. It serves patients in the Houston area at three locations: 1919 LaBranch, 11800 Astoria Boulevard, and 2360 County Road 94 in Pearland. Dr. Lapuerta is board certified in general surgery, plastic surgery, and surgery of the hand. He has hospital privileges at four area hospitals. Dr. Lapuerta is also the director of the Clinical Skin Care Center.

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