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

David Kim, Yingqi Michelle Tu, Anne Chapas

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BACKGROUND: The 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. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate women's perspectives on male cosmetic treatments. METHODS: Heterosexual female patients (single (n = 64); in a relationship/married (IR/M) (n = 136)) completed an online survey. RESULTS: 87.5% 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. CONCLUSION: Women 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


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