What Women Want: Women's Perspectives on Male Cosmetic Procedures

David Kim, Yingqi Michelle Tu, Anne Chapas

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BACKGROUNDThe rate of growth for male cosmetic treatments has slowed in the past 5 years. There is limited data on why men may not seek cosmetic treatments.OBJECTIVETo evaluate women's perspectives on male cosmetic treatments.METHODSHeterosexual female patients (single (n = 64); in a relationship/married (IR/M) (n = 136)) completed an online survey.RESULTS87.5% of single and 36.03% of IR/M women reported that men are bothered by signs of aging (p <.0001). However, both single and IR/M women reported that men are interested in (single: 77.78%, IR/M: 65.44%) and will benefit (single: 93.55%, IR/M: 67.31%) from cosmetic procedures. Both groups of women (single: 93.75%, IR/M: 83.82%, p <.0530) indicated, however, that men are reluctant to seek cosmetic treatments. Societal stigma/perception of masculinity was the number one cited reason (single: 87.1.75%, IR/M: 73.02%, p <.0264). However, 87.5% of single and 94.86% of IR/M women (p =.0659) reported that male cosmetic treatments will not affect their perceptions of masculinity. Furthermore, 95% of women (single: 95.31%, IR/M: 95.59%, p =.9292) reported that they will support their partners from pursuing cosmetic treatments.CONCLUSIONWomen strongly believe that men can benefit from cosmetic treatments, do not believe cosmetic treatments affect masculinity, and are overwhelmingly supportive of male cosmetic treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-255
Number of pages6
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes


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