Beauty pains: a female problem? Not so much, say docs in the field.
In an age of profile photos, selfies, and social media, men are now more aware of their appearance than ever, says Chia Chi Kao, M.D., a Los Angeles-based board-certified plastic surgeon. And the advent of non-surgical procedures (think: Botox, fillers, or lasers) makes it easier for men to do something about their looks, he says.
Some men are. Guys account for eight percent of all cosmetic treatments—everything from laser hair removal to liposuction—according to new statistics. That number is up 1% from last year, the stats reveal. (So while dudes might not be banging down the doors of dermatologists around the country, the process is certainly no longer reserved for the ladies.)
So the technology’s there. The procedures are relatively pain-free. And, for the most part, they work. Interested in making an appointment? “Make sure to research your practitioner, and when in doubt, choose a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon with experience in the specific technique of interest,” says Neil Sadick, M.D., a dermatologist and researcher who is also board-certified in cosmetic surgery.
Also, know what to expect. Here, the low-down on six popular procedures—straight from the doctors themselves.