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Face-lifts: Men get more plastic surgeries, but women still get the most

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March 21, 2011|By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
  • Men are getting more cosmetic procedures, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports. Women still get the most. Dr. David Amron gives Botox to a patient in Beverly Hills.
Men are getting more cosmetic procedures, the American Society of Plastic… (Ken Hively/Los Angeles…)

Vanity, thy name is: dude?  Sort of, new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show.  

Men are getting more plastic surgery, the organization trumpeted in a news release. 

But women still receive 91% of cosmetic procedures.

First, the guys:  Plastic surgery is up. The total number of surgeries performed on men increased 2% from 2009 to 2010, to 1.1 million.  The fastest-growing procedure?  Face-lifts, which went up 14% to 10,903 performed.  

Men also got 10% more filler treatments (78,472), 9% more Botox treatments (336,834), 7% more liposuctions (23,899) and 4% more eyelid surgeries (31,476). The number of nose jobs -- the most popular procedure for men -- decreased, falling 4% to 63,585 in 2010.

"The growth in cosmetic surgical procedures for men may be a product of our aging baby boomers who are now ready to have plastic surgery," said ASPS president Dr. Phillip Haeck, in a news release.

That may be. But women, who got 11.5 million cosmetic procedures in 2010 -- that's about 10 times more than men did -- also got 2% more surgeries in 2010 (1.4 million).  And they got 6% more minimally invasive procedures such as fillers and Botox injections (10.2 million).  Men got only 2% more of such treatments (918,000).

The guys might be catching on, but the ladies have kept the lead.


RELATED:

More from the Los Angeles Times on the cosmetic procedures statistics.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons publishes its 2010 statistics.  (These include numbers about plastic surgeries among women, too.)

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