Face Time: More Men Having Plastic SurgerySeptember 19, 2016, 5:24 pm
Facelifts and Botox® give men a competitive edge in the job market
Belt-tightening isn’t the only tactic older workers are using to cope with a tough job market. A record number of men are also choosing to undergo some face-tightening to help them land jobs or compete with younger workers.
Facelifts for men increased 14% in 2010, and Botox® injections rose 9%, according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. More men also chose skin fillers to smooth out creases and wrinkles, as well as Liposuction for Love Handles.
While the bulk of Cosmetic Surgery is still performed on women, men underwent more than 1 million cosmetic procedures last year, both minimally invasive and surgical, an increase of 2% over 2009. Overall, men and women spent a total of $10.1 billion on cosmetic procedures last year.
“Facelifts are on the rise among male patients 55 and older,” notes ASPS President Phillip Haeck, a Plastic Surgeon based in Seattle. “Many men say they don’t look as young as they feel, and they want to change that.”
A perfect example — Joe Marek, 57, a Software Engineer in Laurel, Md. He exercised, watched what he ate, liked to take active, outdoorsy vacations in places like Costa Rica, and generally thought of himself as a fit, energetic guy. Except when he looked in the mirror.
“I was getting that drooping of the eyes, a little Turkey Neck. And people would tell me I looked tired when I wasn’t,” he recalls.
He didn’t want to look 20 years younger, he emphasizes, “I just wanted to look like I felt.”
So last year, Marek got a Facelift. And an Eye Lift.
The result, he says, made him appear “refreshed.”
“People would say to me, ‘You look different. Did you get a haircut? Shave your mustache?’ Other people, who I haven’t seen in a while, didn’t recognize me.”
His girlfriend, whom he met before he had the Facelift, “was really excited. She likes it quite a bit.”
Investing in a Fresh Look
Marek’s Plastic Surgeon, Stephen Baker, MD, of Georgetown University in Washington, says Marek is typical of a lot of the older men he sees in his practice, including those retiring from the military who want to begin a second career and consultants anxious to stay on top of their game.
“I get a lot of professionals who are hitting their prime and want to work into their 70s. They feel good about themselves. They’re healthier because of modern medicine, and they want to look in the mirror and see that vitality,” Baker remarks.
For Haeck, many of his West Coast patients are boomers looking for jobs or competing with younger workers in the workplace. “Baby boomers don’t want their looks hindering the job search,” he says. And as the recession loosens its grip a bit, “many men are investing in themselves to attack the job market.”
Of course, that investment can be extensive. The average Plastic Surgeon’s fee for a Facelift is more than $6,200.00, according to annual data from the Plastic Surgeons’ Association. Factor in other costs like anesthesia and a hospital stay, and a Facelift could easily run $10,000.00 — a cost not covered by most insurance policies because it’s considered elective surgery.
Obviously, many men think it’s a worthwhile investment. It also helps that they’re becoming less embarrassed about doing things to enhance their appearance. Baker says his practice traditionally has been about 80% women, 20% men. “But in the last year, it’s become almost 40% men, 60% women.”
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