While women are still the predominant gender in terms of cosmetic surgeries, men have been slowly catching up over time. Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that men opting for plastic surgery rose by 16 percent from 2000 to 2011. Those same statistics show that when men are going under the knife, one of the primary reasons is their belly.
Many television shows and movies have made fun of the middle-aged man with a beer belly or slight gut, and in the past dear old dad might've been proud of having a little extra flab. However, more and more men are reportedly turning to plastic surgery in order to do something about it.
Liposuction is by far the most popular way for men to deal with their excess weight, but the procedure hasn't been as popular in recent years, declining by 55 percent since the year 2000. Meanwhile, tummy tuck procedures are on the rise. The procedure was up 2 percent in popularity last year and has exploded since 2000, rising by 110 percent.
In general, these two procedures are becoming more popular for both genders, one Atlanta plastic surgeon reports. Since January, he says he's seen in a 50 percent jump in both liposuction and tummy tuck patients as more people become concerned about the appearance of their bellies.
It appears youth may be driving this trend. A recent study by InSites Consulting asked youngsters between the age of 15 and 25 what one thing they would change about their body, if given the chance. Approximately 46 percent of young women said their bellies, along with 18 percent of young men. In both cases, however, the belly was the top response above all other body parts.
Wives and girlfriends may also be having an impact on men visiting plastic surgeons more often. One patient, Aaron, recently decided to do something about his excess weight after his girlfriend made her cosmetic surgery appointment, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
"Guys probably need a little push," Aaron told the news source. "I may not have gone if she hadn’t set up the appointment."
Despite this, societal attitudes may need to shift before men widely accept the practice of cosmetic surgery. While cosmetic surgery has become more acceptable for women over time, many men still feel the results should be obtained through hard work at the gym, rather than a cosmetic procedure.