Top 5 Cosmetic Surgeries Performed on Men

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Believe it or not, men are becoming an increasingly larger percentage of the clientele seeking cosmetic surgery. While American men may not yet be as comfortable and open to plastic surgery as their brethren in South Korea-- which has the highest number of plastic surgeries per capita--they're now receiving almost 10 percent of all cosmetic procedures in the U.S.

#1: Nose re-shaping

And the winner is.... the nose jobs.

In 2011, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that 62,000 American men (compared to 182,000 women) went under the knife to change their noses. While nose reshaping (also known as rhinoplasty) may be performed in the name of health - many men have this procedure done to aid in breathing problems associated with sleep apnea - many are having this done to enhance the look of their nose.

#2: Eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, reduces under-eye bags from the lower eyelids and removes extra skin from the upper eyelids. The surgery is typically done for cosmetic reasons (usually along with a forehead lift and filler injections), but it also can be done on those who have reduced vision due to the sagging skin on the upper eyelid. 

#3: Liposuction

Liposuction, or fat removal, is becoming just as popular with men as it is with women. The most common areas of liposuction in men are the "love handles," the lower abdomen, the neck, and breast area.

Accumulated fat is more dense in men, so the liposuction technique may differ from the technique used on women.

#4: Breast reduction

Men are increasingly going under the knife to rid themselves of the dreaded man-boobs, or "moobs."

There are two known causes of moobs. The first is a condition called gynecomastia, which is the result of a hormonal imbalance.  This may go away on its own or with medication and generally isn't serious. The second cause is excess fat stored in the chest and is a strong indicator of other risks associated with weight gain.

#5: Facelift

Facelifts on older men are on the rise. A plastic surgeon from Georgetown University, attributes the increase to older men feeling the need to compete in the job market with the younger applicants. In his own practice, he said he sees many retired veterans coming in who are looking to begin a second career and want to look their best.