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Trophy Husbands: More Men Getting “Nipntucks”

August 11th, 2011

Lots of people want to look younger.   The middle-age crisis is certainly not new, however, now we have another twist.   A new social trend that has people talking is the Trophy Husband!

According to a recent article by Kate  Rogers, a Fox Business reporter, men in their 50s and 60s sheepishly accompanying their wives to the cosmetic surgery office to ultimately see what can be done to turn back the clock on their own faces and bodies.   I have indeed had few female patients come to my office for a consultation and then have their spouse ask about nipntucks for themselves.  Perhaps it is less intimidating than for a man coming in alone.   Sometimes it is the woman urging the consultation to “refresh” her mate.   At any rate, it is a delicate situation, as I firmly believe that the most appropriate surgery is done when the patient is personally motivated to seek a surgical cosmetic change.


Men had 1.1 million cosmetic procedures in 2010.   Of the million plus procedures about 200,000 were surgical, but the majority (over 900,000 patients) currently opt for the less-invasive procedures like Botox ®.  I have also noticed a slight increase for men coming into my office requesting a chat about facial rejuvenation. The most popular procedures asked about are eyelid surgeries to lift hooded lids, facelifts and liposuction.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, women still dominate the world of plastic surgery by a wide margin.   This is conclusion is reflected in my own practice, as well.

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