The Psychology of Plastic Surgery: Men Are From Mars And Women Are From Venus

When it comes to body self-image, this statement couldn’t be closer to the truth. Women are pretty darn harsh on themselves and men think that they are “studlier” than they actually are.

Why is this? Without going into the deep psychosocial analysis and boring you to tears, I suggest it has a lot to do with the perceived role women and men have in our society (and this is changing!).

Here are some interesting facts that you might consider when you come to your own opinion:

  1. Over 90 percent of my patients are women.
  2. The number one cosmetic procedure for men is a Rhinoplasty (nose job).
  3. The number one cosmetic procedure for women is a Breast Augmentation.
  4. The number of women and of men that are considered to have Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) are almost equal (based on the first fact, you would think that women would far outnumber men!).
  5. About 10% of patients seen in plastic surgery offices are considered to have Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

The best “spin” I can put on this debate is that each sex can learn from the other; men could spend a little more effort taking care of themselves and women should think about cutting themselves a little bit of slack!

Robert Caridi, MD