The topic of plastic surgery has previously been somewhat taboo for men, but that has changed significantly in the last 20 years. Women still dominate the statistics, but men are starting to be more open to having cosmetic procedures. There are many reasons that an individual would consider having a troublesome area fixed, but one of the main explanations has to do with the competition for employment and needing to look younger to get that dream job.

This subject matter is covered by People.com in the following article:

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According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of cosmetic procedures performed on men has increased more than 325 percent since 1997. While men still only account for 9.5 percent of total procedures, they were the recipients of 1.2 million procedures in 2015.

The top surgical procedures performed on men are liposuction, nose surgery, eyelid surgery, male breast reduction and facelifts.

“I’ve seen a marked increase in male clients over the past year,” Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Marc Mani tells PEOPLE.

Mani believes a shift in workplace values may contribute to the perceived importance of maintaining a youthful look.

“The days of staying with the same company for 40 years until you get your gold watch at retirement are over,” he says. “Seniority is not as important as energy and productivity, which are both associated with youth. In an economy driven by tech and social media, youthful looks are more important than ever before.”

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One of the biggest advancements for men has to do with hair restoration, also known as a NeoGraft, where hair follicles are removed from the back of the head with no scarring and minimal recovery time. Another procedure that is trending is CoolSculpting, in which fat cells are frozen and subsequently dissolve.  In this is interview with Dr. Richard Chaffoo by a San Diego News Channel 5, he discusses these two procedures that can be life changing for men:

As mentioned above, looking younger to compete for a new job is a big factor in why people opt for a change in their looks. It used to be that if you got a job with a good company, the goal was to stay there as long as possible to work your way up and earn a nice pension. Many people don’t feel that way today, as the statistics show that most people will change careers over five times in their life and one third of the workforce will change jobs every 12 months.

In this article by itechpost.com, the author describes some of the various surgeries that are popular to specific age groups and why more men are having plastic surgery:

Male Plastic Surgery Makeover: The ‘Dirty Little Secret’ : Science : iTech Post

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There are a number of popular procedures among men. But, it depends on the age. For example, there is an increase of breast reduction by 6 percent. It is most popular among men who are younger than 30.

For those who are in their 50s and 60s, the most popular one is the facelift. Procedures like facelift help a man look younger than his age. Such a male plastic surgery makeover is especially required for those who are on the lookout for work.

According to Dr. Phillip Haeck from the society, there is more awareness among men about plastic surgery and how it can enhance their looks. He calls it a “dirty little secret” for men. Many men told Haeck that they would need to look younger to get a new job.

Ask Dr. Manny reports that other popular procedures include microdermabrasion, chemical peels and nose reshaping. These procedures were performed less often in 2010. Nose reshaping declined by 4 percent, microdermabrasion by 10 percent and chemical peels by 3 percent. However, these are still quite popular.

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It is intriguing that breast reduction is increasing among men, especially with the younger crowd, due to being self-conscious about taking their shirt off. It is well known that when you gain weight, this is an area that extra fat collects, and losing weight doesn’t necessarily make it go away. Since Americans are bigger than we’ve ever been, it makes sense that this would be more of an issue at this point in time.