Dad Bod Begone — 400 Doctors Share Surprising Stories of Men and Plastic Surgery

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Dad Bod Begone — 400 Doctors Share Surprising Stories of Men and Plastic Surgery

You don’t have to go far to find a headline talking about men and plastic surgery. What’s missing is context on who these men are and what they’re getting done. Meet 400 board-certified doctors who shared what they’re seeing in their practices.

How Much Do You Mean By “More”?

It’s not just hype that more men are getting work done. Nearly three-quarters of surveyed doctors said their number of male patients has increased compared to last year.

Dad Bod Begone — 400 Doctors Share Surprising Stories of Men and Plastic Surgery

Give Me Some Skin

Dermatologists are seeing the most change. 87% of surveyed dermatologists said their number of male patients has increased in the past 12 months.

“Many more men are now brave enough to admit that they want to be doing what their wives are doing to look young,” says dermatologist Dr. Jo Herzog of Birmingham, Alabama. “Competition in the workplace is also driving men to want to maintain a youthful look.”

Dad Bod Begone — 400 Doctors Share Surprising Stories of Men and Plastic Surgery

What Are Men Most Interested In?

42% of doctors said their male patients come in to get Botox or injectable fillers such as Juvederm. Slowly gaining, however, are procedures that get rid of unwanted fat. 27% of doctors said their male patients come in wanting liposuction, the fat-freezing technique CoolSculpting, or a similar procedure to streamline their silhouettes.

Also popular: eyelid surgery, facelifts, and neck lifts. Patients are often looking to stay competitive at work or are back in the dating world following a divorce, doctors said.

“Men are coming [to our office] in increasing numbers to look fresher and younger,” says Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jon A. Perlman. “This is in part due to their increasing awareness that a younger, healthier look works for both social and business advancement.”

Dad Bod Begone — 400 Doctors Share Surprising Stories of Men and Plastic Surgery

Dad Bod Begone — 400 Doctors Share Surprising Stories of Men and Plastic Surgery Looking to the Stars

26% of doctors said their male patients have a specific celebrity body feature in mind. Most often, it’s either Brad Pitt or George Clooney. Specifically, they want Brad’s jawline and George’s, well, everything. They don’t want Kenny Rogers — a nod, perhaps, to the negative media attention Rogers got for what even he says was a botched surgery.

Findings That Surprised Us

While not enough doctors reported these findings for them to be deemed a “trend” a few survey responses surprised us:

  • Men want smaller nipples. Several doctors mentioned patients who’ve come in to have their nipples reduced.
  • Selfie-inspiration. Seen headlines claiming selfies inspire plastic surgery? A handful of doctors say they’ve noticed it too.
  • Chemical peels aren’t just for the ladies. Doctors mentioned chemical peels as a #1 beauty treatment among their male patients.
  • Not to mention implants. Several doctors said implants — bicep, tricep, calf, and more — are a major part of their work with men.

To speak with the doctors involved in the survey or to men getting work done themselves, please contact media@realself.com.

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Elisabeth Kramer is former managing editor of RealSelf Trends.

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