Plastic surgery procedures in men continue to be on the rise, according to the latest findings from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and confirmed by board-certified Orlando cosmetic surgeon, Dr. George Pope. Last year, more than 800,000 procedures were performed on male patients, which translates into a 121 percent increase since 1997.
At his practice in Orlando, Florida, Dr. George Pope reacts to the recent findings from ASAPS: “It doesn’t surprise me in the least to hear about the increased interest in plastic surgery for men—in fact, I’ve seen it myself at my own practice. Today’s man is more aware of his physical appearance and understands the importance of maintaining an attractive figure, all while aging gracefully and confidently.”
Dr. Pope said that today’s male desires natural-looking cosmetic enhancements to their face and body and that plastic surgery among men is becoming more accepted in mainstream society.
"Much of the increase in plastic surgery for men can be attributed to the highly competitive job market where an attractive, youthful appearance is considered to be a valuable asset," said Dr. Pope.
High-profile men in Hollywood, business, and politics echo this new view on male plastic surgery. Although few rarely admit to going under the knife, their age-defying skin, hair, and body often tells a different story.
Dr. Pope notes that he has seen a large increase in the past decade in plastic surgery for men at his Orlando plastic surgery office. Some of the most popular procedures requested by men at the Orlando plastic surgery office include gynecomastia, eyelid lifts, rhinoplasty and tummy tucks for men.
"Gynecomastia is, hands down, our most popular surgery for men," said Dr. Pope, who is well-known in the region for successful male gynecomastia surgeries. "As gynecomastia (also known as male breast augmentation ) has become better understood, as a medical condition, men are opening up and finally doing something about it—and the results are incredible."
Post-surgery, Dr. Pope says that his patients, particularly his Orlando gynecomastia patients, feel as if they have a new lease on life. They exude more confidence and happiness. After years of unsuccessful dieting and gym time, they finally have the body they’ve always wanted because of something only a cosmetic surgery by a board certified plastic surgeon could correct.
"Some of my male gynecomastia patients haven't taken their shirts off at the beach or at the pool in over a decade. Now they are proud of their bodies. There’s no better feeling in the world," said Dr. Pope.
Nearly 71 percent of those 800,000 male procedures accounted for by ASAPS were between the ages of 35 and 64. Dr. Pope said that he sees no sign of male plastic surgery slowing down—only increasing into the future.
Recently voted Best Plastic Surgeon by Orlando Magazine readers, George H. Pope, M.D. is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.