It appears that it may not be just women looking for a fuller pout, as cosmetic surgeons reveal that more and more men are opting for lip filler procedures. And the trend is increasing.
While lip injections are no doubt predominantly requested by women, a huge rise has been noticed in the number of men choosing restoration surgery in order to appear more like their favourite celebrities, such as Harry Styles, Channing Tatum and Brad Pitt.
You only have to look as far as the numbers. During 2016, men who had requested cosmetic surgery had risen by three per cent compared to the previous year. Since 2005 there has been a staggering rise of 28 per cent.
That’s not including minimally-invasive procedures such as lip ‘menjections’ – this has shot up 74 per cent from 2015 to 2016. But what could be the reason behind these unprecedented rises?
A natural smirk
In a Daily Mail report, Miami plastic surgeon Dr Rian Maercks offered his two cents on these surprising statistics, going on to state that men may be flocking to get this type of surgery in order to get a natural smirk and a ‘proud’ lower lip.
A selfie culture
According to Dr Maercks, a narcissistic selfie culture may also be to blame for this dramatic rise: “Social media, dating apps, selfie culture… that culture has a big part of it. Even our politicians embody and celebrate narcissism – we have never been more encouraged to analyse our facial features.”
Within just a few months, ‘menjections’ became one of the most sought-after procedures in his clinic, going from just a handful of men a week to approximately five per day.
The procedure typically involves a plumping of the lower lip and a tweak of the base of a man’s nose, utilising fillers such as collagen or Juvederm, and requiring around four shots per customer.
In the age of social media and the selfie, it’s easy to see why more and more men are opting for the surgery. Time will tell whether it will become a common trend or a passing fad.