Summary: Popular plastic surgery for men in 2018 will likely be even more mainstream than before. It surprises some people, still, that plastic surgery geared towards men has such a strong following. But there is significantly less stigma attached to plastic surgery than there used to be. And that, in part, is certainly what’s driving the rise of popularity for plastic surgery for men.
What Will Plastic Surgery for Men in 2018 Look Like?
Plastic surgery for men in 2018 looks to be a very popular field indeed. It’s not that plastic surgery for men has ever been unpopular necessarily. But there’s no denying that, historically, plastic surgery marketing has long been centered mostly on women.
That made sense. Women made up a significant portion of plastic surgery patients. But in recent years, the amount of men getting plastic surgery has increased significantly. There are a number of reasons for this, including:
- Increased social pressure on men to look “youthful”
- An overall increase in the number of jobs seeking to hire or promote younger candidates (though, this isn’t mean to diminish the social aspect of getting plastic surgery—I don’t want to contribute to any “women get plastic surgery to look good and men get surgery for their careers” narratives, as those narratives are essentially hogwash).
- Decreased social stigma associated with plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures.
As the number of men seeking plastic surgery rises, so too do the number of procedures and techniques tailored to produce more masculine results. We are going to take a look at some of what we think the most popular plastic surgery for men in 2018 might look like.
It’s All About the Face
In 2018, we expect to see several facial plastic surgery procedures come to the fore. That is, more so than they already have. Facial plastic surgery has long been a popular choice among men who are interested in plastic surgery procedures. Largely, the most popular procedures are:
- Blepharoplasty: Otherwise known as an eyelid lift, blepharoplasty is responsible for diminishing the amount of excess skin around the eyes. This excess skin can cause all kinds of aesthetic issues, but it can also interfere with your vision and your ability to emote. So, an eyelid lift can make patients look younger and see better. It’s no wonder it’s popular.
- Facelift: The other way that men tend to rejuvenate their look is through a facelift. This procedure can diminish wrinkles and lines and significantly mitigate excess skin. The end result is a face that looks significantly more youthful and vibrant. That’s important to many patients because the face is so focal to one’s own identity. The ability to rejuvenate that identity is often a significant motivator for plastic surgery patients.
There are, of course, other plastic surgery procedures that are in demand among male patients. Those procedures include:
- Gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction)
- Tummy tuck
And, of course, the list goes on.
The Popularity of Non Surgical Approaches Among Men
Another thing to note in this conversation is the popularity of non surgical approaches among men. When we say “non surgical,” we’re essentially referring to a set of procedures that do not involve a scalpel. As such, they tend to have much faster recovery periods, and patients can get back to work as quickly as possible.
There are several non surgical procedures that have become quite popular with male patients. Those procedures include:
- Non Surgical Nose Job: An alternative to the surgical rhinoplasty procedures, the non surgical nose job (in Los Angeles, this procedure was pioneered by Dr. Alexander Rivkin) uses dermal fillers to alter the shape of the nose. The ensuing transformation is capable of making a subtle but noticeable difference in the shape of the nose. Because there is little in the way of recovery time, and you get to see results right away, this procedure is immensely popular. Men are no exception.
- Kybella: Among the newer injectables on the market, Kybella is designed to eliminate submental fat. In other words, with a few injections, you can get rid of a double chin. For men, who often derive masculinity from a chiseled jawline, this type of treatment can be especially beneficial. Often, a double chin will occur for no particular reason (outside of, say, genetics). That can be frustrating for men who, otherwise, appear quite athletic. Kybella is, understandably, quite popular because of that.
What’s Popular is Popular
Finally, I’d like to take a minute to say that what drives men to the plastic surgeon is often not entirely dissimilar from what drives women to the surgeon. We live in a society that practically worships youth and slenderness. And that can make some people feel quite self-conscious about the way they look.
For many of those people, plastic surgery might be a potent tool in securing confidence and happiness. It’s not for everyone, of course. But for those who want plastic or cosmetic surgery, these procedures can be transformative. Popular plastic surgery for men in 2018 will likely carry on this tradition.