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Plastic surgery procedures for men are up 63 percent over a five year period.
Plastic surgery procedures for men are up 63 percent over a five year period. Getty Images/iStockphoto

Plastic surgery has been on my mind ever since my chat with Lorrie McClaren, the Charlotte mom who shared her story of her “Mommy Makeover.” But with Father’s Day just around the corner and all the fanfare surrounding the “Dad Bod,” it got me wondering about men and plastic surgery.

So I inquired with my friends at Charlotte Plastic Surgery, and what they told me was both surprising and refreshing. It’s not just us moms who look for ways to take better care of our health and want to look as good as we feel. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery more than 1.2 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men last year. And procedures for men are up 63 percent over a five year period.

Some of the top procedures men are seeking out? The no down-time, non-surgical ones like Botox, Juvederm and CoolSculpting are particulatly appealing for men - a guy can treat his eye wrinkles, sagging jowls, and bulging double-chin on his lunch break and go right back to work. And these options are also less obvious than surgery - the results may leave his friends wishing they looked as young as him, not wondering what he did to look so different.

The top three non-surgical, no down-time procedures performed at Charlotte Plastic Surgery are:

Botox – for the man who has wrinkles around his eyes, intense furrow lines between his brows, and deep creases in his forehead. Takes about 15 to 30 minutes, has no downtime, and the cost can range between $250 and $750.

Juvederm – for the man who has jowls on his jawline or deep “parentheses” lines around his mouth. Done in 30 to 45 minutes, instantly improves your appearance, and can range from $750 to $2000.

CoolSculpting – for the man who can’t get rid of those nagging fatty areas with diet and exercise. FDA approved for the abdomen, flanks, back, thighs, and double-chin, takes anywhere from 1 to 4 hours, and the cost can range from $750 to $5000 and up.

Apparently, these kind of male enhancements are becoming much more accepted by men, leading me to the conclusion that, contrary to popular belief, plastic surgery is not just for women these days. The best place for a man to get his feet wet is just the same as for women - meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can offer a broad range of both surgical and non-surgical options to help tailor make a plan that addresses your concerns, fits your budget, and meets your goals in a way that works best for you.

Learn more about these and other procedures for men at www.charlotteplasticsurgery.com.

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