Why are more men opting for cosmetic surgery?
In his 50s, Joe Marek said, he felt “young and powerful.” But when he looked in the mirror, he saw a worn-out person.
Deep wrinkles lined his face, said Marek, a software engineer who lives in Laurel. His brow drooped. He had permanent bags under his eyes. The skin under his chin sagged.
Marek knew what he wanted: plastic surgery.
“It was just a matter of ‘As soon as I get the money together, I’m going to do it,’ ” he said. In May 2010, he got a facelift plus eyelid and nose surgery.
Marek, now 57, was part of a trend — a small trend, but one that is being eagerly followed by the nip-and-tuck industry. Men had 1.2 million cosmetic procedures last year, up 2 percent from 2009, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Still, women accounted for 91 percent of all cosmetic procedures that year.
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