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Nip One, Tuck All

Nip One, Tuck All

As we get older a lot of us feel the pressure to look younger and some of us go to great lengths to obtain this look.  To assume that this kind of pressure is only felt by women would be a mistake.  Ask any plastic surgeon and they’ll tell you that women are not the only ones getting work done these days.  The number of men going under the knife in the name of looking younger is on the rise.  

Though both men and women often seek out plastic surgeons, they don’t necessarily want the same things.  According to a recent Newsday article women are much more likely to request body contouring than men.  Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Alan Freedman reports that a growing trend for older women is procedures like the “tummy tuck” and liposuction.  Freedman claims that years ago women over 50 were not so interested in these surgeries.

Men are not as interested in procedures below the neck.  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that the number one procedure being performed on men is nose reshaping followed by eyelid surgery.  For women, the top procedure is breast augmentation followed by liposuction.  Freedman reports that more men are requesting cosmetic surgeries after their wives have had work done.  Freedman says, “It’s because they’re hanging around with women who are looking better and better,”

Freedman also attributes the rise in male cosmetic surgery to a tougher working environment.  Since baby boomers are more often the target of layoffs than their younger coworkers, some men (and women) may try turning back the clocks with surgery in order to stay afloat.

Plastic surgery is not the answer for many men and women who occasionally worry about the affects of aging.  Dr. Freedman has some advice for those of us who want to look good without undergoing surgery.  Freedman advises men and women to stay out of the sun, “There’s no such thing as a healthy tan.”  He also recommends using a good moisturizer to “keep the skin a little thicker, and that makes it look younger.”

What do you think of the news that a growing number of men are having cosmetic surgery?

Do you think work-related competition may have something to do with why people choose plastic surgery?

 

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  • erica_cal By erica_cal
    02.04.09  

    No, we are not a beauty obsessed nation because none of these people look beautiful. They just look very processed--like people who do all kinds of unhealthy things and expect to paste over them with 'procedures.' My grandmother used steam and vaseline on her face and at 80 she still has no wrinkles. A little bit of maintenance can prevent the need for a lot of these things. Further, with the absurd expectations men have for women's appearances I see no problem with men going under the knife! Can they get rid of their pot bellies and baldness while they're at it?

  • staabch1 By staabch1
    02.04.09  

    I believe that if it is going to make you feel better as an individual to have agumentation in any form being male or female, then you have every right. There are risks, there are perks. This is when everyones free choice and the right to feel beautiful in whatever way makes them happy comes to play.

  • Evolettsmom By Evolettsmom
    02.19.09  

    well i am 23 and i can say that i have always wanted big breasts like most of friends! now that i have had my baby and won't be breastfeeding on the next one ((OUCH!!)) i am looking into getting them as soon as i get the money!! i have looked into the websites where you can raise money from guys-- but most of them are perverts, and i just would rather pay for the surgery myself than have guys want me to get naked for them just to give me a few dollars! i have alot more self respect!!

  • y42796 By y42796
    02.20.09  

    I definitely think alot of plastic surgery these days is for career purposes (anti-aging procedures that is). That said, I have never understood why women like boob jobs so much. Thinner women tend to have smaller breasts, that is natural, and curvaceous women larger ones. Accept your bodies people! Each body type has it's pros and cons. Personally I would tend to lean toward face work, as I have always hated my nose. I think it is great the plastic surgeon recommends staying out of the sun. Sunscreen and avoiding too much sun exposure are incredibly important, not just for cosmetic reasons but also to avoid skin cancer. A blonde relative of mine got skin cancer at a young age and since then I avoid the sun and always wear sunscreen.

  • candy_apple1990 By candy_apple1990
    02.24.09  

    I am a curvy girl. I'm not really worried about my weight, but I feel like my breasts don't match the rest of me. They are small, and even now, out of high school and in the real world, I get teased because they are small. I understand why people go under the knife to make themselves a little more appealing. I agree that sometimes people take it to far, but if there is something you really don't like about your body, I think it's ok to tweak it a little. The technology is out there. If you can afford it, why not take advantage of it?

  • raysbatgirl By raysbatgirl
    06.04.09  

    I just had a Tummy tuck 7 months ago. I'm so happy it was all worth it. Painful, yes! But my family gave me all the support I needed. And that I had the Best Dr. ever. He is Dr. Frank William Rieger ,607 South Magnolia Ave., Tampa ,Fl. --- hcntr@tampabay.rr.com I waited 35 years for my surgery. Which I call , corrective not elective. After 3 c/sections, & other surgeries. Would consider other things later. But not my FACE.

  • ABBYMS By ABBYMS
    06.13.09  

    I personally want to grow old naturally. Some of the plastic surgery I have seen looks rediculous. The breasts, in particular. Each to their own.

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