Roughly 25% of my patients are men and from conversations with colleagues it appears that’s quite a high percentage.
In the US, during 2011 men made up 9% of all procedures carried about by members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – an increase from previous years. Recent figures released by British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons showed an increase in male brow lifts and face lifts, but a decrease in the numbers for body shaping procedures such as liposuction and male breast reductions.
Of course, these are all surgical procedures and I am non-surgical cosmetic doctor.
It’s interesting to note that the press release for the BAAPS figures suggests that the decreased numbers of men having body shaping procedures and breast reductions could well be due to the increased popularity of non-surgical methods.
With that in mind I thought I’d take the time to discuss a little more about my male patients.
My male patient list has been increasing over the past 4.5 years, and quite rapidly over the past 12 months. At first I saw more gay men, then more metrosexual types – but now I have to say it’s a completely mixed bag. You just can’t stereotype the kind of man who seeks a doctor’s help with his appearance!
Last year industry reports showed a big increase in men over the age of 50 seeking cosmetic treatments, but on average I would say that my male patients first come to me in their mid-30s.
The top three treatments chosen by my male patients are:
- Muscle relaxing injections – generally focusing on the forehead to help them appear younger and less stressed
- Tummy fat reductions – the methods I opt for are generally E Lipo and Intra lipotherapy
- Hair loss – I successfully treat hair loss with Dracula therapy and Carboxytherapy
Some of my male patients have come to me because their wives or partners are already patients, others come via recommendations from friends – which shows men are openly discussing their looks with friends. Others read about me in the press or find my blog.
I’d be interested to hear from other doctors on what percentage of their patients are male, and from male patients on their perspective on the ageing process and how they are tackling it.