Its no surprise when actor, Mickey Rourke, boasts about his latest work on Instagram. But his candor involving a recent rhinoplasty — that kind of work — surprised many. “Moments after nose surgery with Dr. Dhir. Now i am ‘pretty again’:(lol)…one more to go,” he shared on social media. While Rourke is one of the few Hollywood actors admitting to undergoing an aesthetic procedure, between 2011 and 2015 the number of treatments performed on men increased more than 50%. The uptick is often beyond vanity; these days, men want to remain relevant in both the workplace and in their love lives.
According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), nearly 10% of all cosmetic surgery procedures were performed on men in 2016. The most popular were liposuction, gynescomastia (breast tissue reduction), blepharoplasty (eyelid rejuvenation), rhinoplasty, and Botox. Procedures gaining traction in 2017 also include the lower rhytidectomy (neck lift), setback otoplasty (ear pinning), pectoral implants, mentoplasty (chin implant), and dermal fillers. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Gabriel Chiu, notes that “about 25 percent of my patients are men, and that percentage is growing.”