More Men Undergoing Plastic Surgery
EL PASO, TX — More and more men who aren't satisfied with the way they look are doing something about it, even if it means, going under the knife.
For years, women have dominated the plastic surgery market but nowadays, more men are getting their own nip, tuck or lift.
"I average 20 to 25 new consultations a week so 100 new consultations a month, and 90 percent of them are females," said Dr. Ozan Sozer.
But times are changing.
"Actually it was 95 percent so the male population doubled up from 5 percent to 10 percent," Dr. Sozer said.
According to a recent L.A. Times report, more than twice as many men are choosing plastic surgery now, compared to just 15 years ago.
Several years ago, Henry Parisi went to see Dr. Sozer at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery. Parisi had a growth on the side of his jaw and he wanted to remove it.
"I got to talking to Dr. Sozer about doing some extra things for me,” Parisi said. “He showed me some photos of his male patients before and after and what I could see all of them kinda looked refreshed. They didn't look plastic or overdone."
Just like that, he was sold on cosmetic surgery.
"I got a little bit excited," Parisi said. "I thought, 'What the heck. I'm going under the knife…go the whole nine yards.'"
So the husband and father did just that. His doctor removed the growth and gave Parisi a facelift.
"I had some bags under my eyes that he removed and a little bit under my chin and that was about it," Parisi said.
In no time, he was back to his normal life.
"I was back to work in about a week. Really felt no pain, no discomfort," Parisi said.
For the first time in a long time, Henry Parisi likes what he sees in the mirror.
"Great…no regrets," Parisi said.
He tells a success story, but other men have reservations.
"Everybody has doubts, especially if you're having surgery for a reason that is not absolutely necessary," Dr. Sozer said. "To make them feel more comfortable, I usually see female patients with a female nurse with me. With the males, I see them by myself so it's just a male to male conversation so I think they feel more comfortable with that."
"Don't worry at all, it's really not a big deal and you look better afterward so go for it," Parisi said.
"I think now it's becoming more acceptable and men are looking more into plastic surgery and I think this trend is gonna go from 10 to 15 to 20 percent. I think it's gonna go up," Dr. Sozer said.
Doctor Sozer said men leave his office with a sense of confidence.
"Once they see the results, all of them say it was worth it," Dr. Sozer said.
Doctor Sozer said liposuction to remove fat is the most popular surgery for both women and men. Other popular male procedures are nose jobs, face lifts and even breast reductions.