05 February 2010

New figures have revealed that the number of gay men choosing cosmetic surgery in the United States is on the rise despite the recession, with some surgical procedures becoming more popular among male patients than women.The Plastic Surgery Channel reports that some of the most popular men's cosmetic surgery procedures include Botox and liposuction, with figures released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) showing that the latter procedure is becoming especially popular among gay men. ASPS spokesperson Dakota Calloway told the Gay & Lesbian Times: "In the last 15 years, the proportion of men pursuing liposuction surgery has jumped from 10 per cent to 15 per cent. "Last January, male patients started outnumbering women in the practice." Ms Calloway added that patients are not required to state their sexual orientation during consultations, but that information about sexual orientation is often shared and finds its way into the data. She explained: "We have to go based on what we observe. "We dont ask if someone is gay or straight, but were an open-minded profession, so patients usually dont hesitate to share their personal stories with us." The recently observed trend of 'boy-toxers' in the UK is not thought to be related to sexual orientation, as more British men are seeking the wrinkle relaxing injections to remain competitive in the workplace, inspired by celebrities such as Simon Cowell and Gordon Ramsay.