When it comes to plastic surgery, there tends to be a narrative in our society about who goes under the knife. We tend to think about cosmetic work as something that women decide to have to help reverse the signs of aging, but the truth is that the number of middle-aged men who are seeking plastic surgery has been steadily increasing in recent years.
According to a recent article in the Providence Journal, the number of men looking to alter their physical appearance has increased three-fold over the last 15 years. Men are looking to delay the telltale signs of aging before they settle in permanently, often to allow their faces to look as young as they feel.
“We men are aging, but we are staying in shape and exercising and working out. So from the neck down, we could be in our 30s or 40s. So you just want the face to match,” said Bruce, who did not want his last name published, to the Providence Journal.
Women still comprise about 90 percent of patients who go in for this elective surgery, but the number of men who go under the knife has increased at faster rates as the times change. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), this is due to the fact that people are working longer and retiring later in life, so they need to stay competitive in the workforce.
“There’s a need to work longer. It’s not as though people can retire at 55 and fish and travel the world. They need to watch their pennies and they need to stay competitive in the workforce,” ASAPS president Michael C. Edwards told the news source.
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