You know the body you’re born with is not the body you’re stuck with—as long as you’re willing to put in the time and effort. But your face? Well, you’re kind of stuck with that.
As a guy, you might think your face-fixing options are limited compared to ladies’ options: It’s far more common for American women to utilize makeup, skincare, Botox, plastic surgery, and at least 100 beauty treatments of which you’ve never heard. Meanwhile, you’ve got the ability to grow facial hair. Maybe.
But here’s the thing: Men actually have all the same options that women do (there’s even makeup for guys)—you just don’t use them. And while you may not be exploring your options, lots of other men are. In 2015, more than 1.2 million cosmetic procedures were performed on male patients—an increase of more than 325% since 1997, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Women still dominate the customer base, but men make up almost 10% of patients for both nonsurgical procedures (like dermal fillers, shown above) and surgical procedures.
Of course, plastic surgery is very different for men than it is for women, especially around the face. So we sat down with Douglas Steinbrech, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in male plastic surgery, to discuss what guys are looking for when they go under the knife.