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Nip One, Tuck All
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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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  • oravets4 By oravets4

    I think men are starting to get more plastic surgery because it is the "in" thing to do and they figure if women are stopping the aging process, why can't they. Everything is about how you look and how thin you are now. I feel work-related competition is a big reason why so many people are going under the knife.

  • anu_p_pai By anu_p_pai

    I thisk if u r not happy with urself only then women go ahead and do such things, try to be content , its so normal to age its a part of our life...probaby i will never go for it , am gonna be 30 this yr but am proud and happy about it!!!

  • tigpooh1516 By tigpooh1516

    I am definately one who thinks that you should age naturally. There is just way too much competition out there and way too many people get caught up in looking the youngest and most beautiful/handsome. I think there is something wonderful about seeing a man or woman aging and it is just so...normal. I hate seeing a woman that looks plastic in the face or looks 30 when she is 50. I don't see work having anything to do with it, but just sheer competition for looking the best.

  • am_i_lost By am_i_lost

    I think work competion has everything to do with it! Along with every magazine you pick-up, every TV show you watch, etc... There's so much pressure to look picture perfect all time. I always thought that I wanted to get my breasts and a tummy tuck done until a recent illness and I was in the hospital. Every time they put in an IV my veins blew!! It was the most horrible pain!! I will not jump in any line to get any kind of work done unless it's a must have deal!!!

  • virginiamother By virginiamother

    I would never do it, but I guess every one has their own thoughts and ideas. I don't really believe people hire you on your looks, unless it is tv or something like that. This day and time they need knowledge and experience. So instead of spending money on plastic surgery, try more education to keep up with the new stuff that is being taught in colleges.

  • KsFoodie By KsFoodie

    Not everyone ages gracefully. Work-related competition is very real. Anyone in sales or in the public eye is very aware that they are being judged on looks, even if it's done subconsciously. Baby Boomers are competing against new college graduates for the same jobs and employers know they can hire the newbies for less. Try changing jobs when you're 60! Yes, eat right, exercise, and if Nature needs a little Botox, go for it.

  • Kympixie By Kympixie

    Ouch!...I think people should stay the way they are. I also think aging is wonderful part of life's cycle. I also believe that with healthy eating, lots of excercise and a support system of friends and family that think your wonderful the way you are people would be less opt to using plastic surgery. As tempting as it is not everything in this world has to be fast. EAT FAST, LIVE FAST, DIE FAST!

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