What plastic surgery procedures are men getting?

What plastic surgery procedures are men getting?
What plastic surgery procedures are men getting?

When you picture the typical plastic surgery patient in your mind, odds are you envision a middle aged woman seeking out a facelift procedure or breast implants. However, the number of men going under the knife has been steadily increasing for a long time now as more guys realize that plastic surgeons can help them address some of their body woes. In fact, last year, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) doctors performed nearly 1 million cosmetic procedures on male patients, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the total. That's a whopping 106 percent increase from the number of guys who went under the knife in 1997.

Body contouring for men
ASAPS lists the top plastic surgery procedures for men, and many of them have to do with body contouring. Liposuction took the top slot, likely because many men find that once they reach their 30s or 40s, they are no longer able to shed extra weight through diet and exercise alone. Liposuction can help remove pockets of fat around the stomach, hips, thighs or buttocks, giving guys a more slender appearance.

Liposuction is also involved in one of the other top surgeries for men: breast reduction. Some men suffer from an issue known as gynecomastia, or male breasts. The problem can be almost impossible to get rid of by working out, so men often seek the assistance of board-certified plastic surgeons to flatten the chest area.

The New York Times recently covered a trend that may raise some eyebrows. It seems that more men are seeking out buttock implants to help them get a larger rear end. After reaching a certain age, men may find that their butt flattens out or loses shape, so it's no surprise that this procedure is growing in popularity.

About face
The face also seems to be a target area for men who choose cosmetic surgery. Ear reshaping was a popular procedure for men, as was rhinoplasty, conventionally known as a "nose job." Eyelid surgery, which can make the eyes appear larger, brighter and more youthful, also made the list of the top five procedures for guys.

Men are also seeking out non-surgical options, such as Botox or dermal fillers, to get rid of wrinkles. While women primarily develop wrinkles around the eyes or mouth, men are more apt to see lines near their forehead. Guys who don't want to spend time recovering from plastic surgery may prefer these less invasive options.