Men snip, but don't tell

Male plastic surgery is on the rise, even as the overall market takes a dip.

Published June 18, 2008 3:10PM (EDT)

The total number of plastic surgeries may be falling, but more men are going under the knife to look younger and skinnier. The number of male cosmetic surgery patients has risen 16 percent from 2002 to 2007, the Houston Chronicle reports, but that doesn't mean you'll be hearing about it at the water cooler anytime soon: Whereas women have become more open about their nips and tucks, most of the men getting the surgeries keep them a secret. Many are baby boomers dipping their feet in the fountain of youth. Others are young men simply looking for the physical perfection they weren't born with.

Why are men so silent about their plastic surgeries? Sure, they're embarrassed, and would anyone be listening anyway? Think about all the makeover reality shows you've seen. How many have featured men? It'll probably take you a while to remember that token let's-redo-a-guy episode. But the representation of men in makeover series, even with this recent increase in male plastic surgeries, isn't that far off from the statistics: Men still account for only 5 to 10 percent of the market. One small step in male plastic surgery, one giant step backward for males as a whole.

By Logan Scherer

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