The Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures for Men

Though cosmetic procedures and surgery may traditionally be female pursuits, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that, in 2016, over 1.3 million men had cosmetic work done, accounting for eight percent of over 15 million procedures. As the social stigma about having cosmetic work done fades and the procedures themselves are now refined and natural, more men than ever are taking the plunge, refusing to tolerate signs of aging or features with which they’re dissatisfied.

Several cosmetic procedures stand out as the most popular with men, though most still account for less than 10% of the total number of treatments performed in the United States. Here are the top six cosmetic procedures chosen by men in 2016.

Injectable treatments

Just as with women, botulinum toxin injections and injectable dermal fillers dominate cosmetic treatments. Men chose minimally invasive, injectable treatments about half a million times in 2016. Botulinum toxin injections selectively relax contracted facial muscles that contribute to active wrinkles from expression lines. Crow’s feet and frown lines are the top offenders that benefit from botulinum toxin injections. Soft tissue fillers make quick work of passive lines and wrinkles, providing a smoother and more youthful appearance.

Other non-surgical procedures

Men are turning on to the benefits of skin treatments as well, whether it’s microdermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser skin resurfacing. Combined, these procedures add up to almost 500,000 treatments annually. Depending on the specifics of the technique, these procedures can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, fade skin pigmentation problems, and renew the skin of the face to a fresher, revitalized condition.


Commonly called a nose job, rhinoplasty has a reputation for being a vanity procedure, and while that’s one aspect, this surgical procedure often has medical benefits as well. Whether from sports injuries or congenital conditions, the breathing function of the nose may be compromised. Rhinoplasty can not only reshape your nose to a more pleasing profile, it can restore proper airflow through the nose. Sleep apnea sufferers may also benefit from rhinoplasty.


Eyelid rejuvenation addressed signs of aging around your eyes, from bags to excess, drooping skin, flaws that add years to your appearance and create a tired, fatigued impression. Blepharoplasty is a simple surgical procedure and the resulting scars are minimal and well hidden, making it a discreet way to refresh your look. In 2016, nearly 31,000 men had eyelid surgery.

Gynecomastia surgery

A uniquely male surgical procedure, male breast reduction treats fat accumulation or hormone imbalances that create enlarged breasts in men. This can cause esteem issues and embarrassment, particularly during adolescence, as a young man’s body rapidly changes. A new hybrid technique using ultrasound permits discreet incisions in the armpits, giving results without creating scarring on the chest.

Liposuction and body sculpting

There are certain tendencies that men’s bodies often display with aging, including thickening in the abdomen and flanks, even when body weight and overall conditioning is maintained. Liposuction surgery, non-invasive lipolysis procedures, and hybrids of the two can selectively reshape your body to return your midsection to the proportions of your younger years. Lansdowne Aesthetic Center offers both conventional liposuction, laser liposuction, and non-surgical laser body contouring.

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