Men skipping hair transplants for spider vein surgery

vein billboardIt seems the times, they are a changin'. Traditionally one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for men was a hair transplant. Not surprisingly, the cost of a hair transplant is pretty high, but when you factor in the 15-year cost of maintenance with the initial procedure, you end up spending an astronomical $30,000 on hair! With belts being tightened in households across the country, men are switching to lower a cost cosmetic surgery, one traditionally associated with women.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), the treatment of hair transplants has declined for males while the treatment of varicose or spider veins in males has climbed. How much you ask? Sclerotherapy, the surgery for spider veins has risen 226.3% over the past five years for men, while only rising a moderate 3.5% for females. The procedure to repair varicose veins is a more affordable $200-300, compared to just the initial cost for a hair transplant. The AACS, attributes this to fewer stigmas associated with this cosmetic procedure for males.

I don't understand this huge demand for cosmetic surgery in men. Aren't we supposed to be able to grow old, get hair where it doesn't belong and lose the hair we had 10 years ago? When did we lose the ability to look like Walter Matthau and jack Lemon in Grumpy Old Men. Maybe I feel this way because I am only a quarter century old with a full head of hair, but honestly surgery to get rid of spider veins? Unless your getting your varicose veins fixed for health reasons, relax and enjoy the ability to be a weathered old man.

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