Houston, TX — Dr. James F. Boynton says plastic surgery for men is becoming more popular at his Houston plastic surgery practice. Historically, he says male plastic surgery represented 10-15% of the total number of procedures performed at his practice. However, this number has slowly been climbing, and he says procedures for men now account for about 30% of the total. Dr. Boynton says this increase was inevitable as the public acceptance of cosmetic enhancement, and total number of procedures has continued to grow over the last decade.
The most recent report from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) supports Dr. Boynton’s belief, as it shows that more than half of the US now approves of cosmetic enhancement, and more than 9 million surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in 2011. The Houston plastic surgeon also points to the gender distribution of procedures as a signal that this trend will continue, as men only accounted for 9% of the total.
Despite the disparity between the volume of procedures performed for men and women, and the fact that the top five procedures highlighted in the ASAPS study differ for men and women, Dr. Boynton says the decision to undergo a procedure is born from the same desire to match the outward appearance to the inner sense of youth and self-confidence.
The top five procedures for male plastic surgery in 2011 are as follows: lipoplasty or liposuction, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, gynecomastia, and facelift. While the motivations for a majority of the procedures men consider are similar to the reasons women pursue cosmetic enhancement, Dr. Boynton says one procedure in particular carries a different set of goals: gynecomastia, or male breast reduction. He says many men that come to him for such a procedure have tried diet and exercise in the hopes of correcting the issue. However, he stresses that the only way to correct this condition is often through a surgical procedure:
“Men in their thirties and forties are often at a point in their lives where they have some disposable income and want to do something for themselves that in many cases has bothered them since childhood. However, they are often shorter on time and unable to accurately define their cosmetic enhancement goals. So I like to make sure we take the time to address all concerns, including my minimal incision approach to male breast reduction.”
Regardless of the procedure, Dr. Boynton says his goal remains the same for any patient and any procedure: provide safe and effective treatment that enhances the lives of his patients. For this reason, he adds that he always urges any patient to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon because patients can find solace in the fact that these surgeons have the experience and skill to meet their expectations with the safest procedure possible.
About James F. Boynton, MD
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Dr. James Boynton completed a general surgery residency at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency, fellowships in both Microsurgery and Hand Surgery, and a plastic surgery residency at the CHRISTUS St. Joseph Hospital. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Boynton Plastic Surgery is located at 1900 St. James Place, Ste. 200, Houston, TX 77056, and can be contacted at (713) 800-6060. Dr. Boynton and his team can be reached online at https://www.boyntonplasticsurgery.com// or their Houston Plastic Surgery Facebook page.