More Men Seek Body Contouring and Cosmetic Procedures

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More men are undergoing cosmetic procedures, with over 1.3 million performed among men in 2017, according to new statistics from a recent survey released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).1

 Results of the survey were taken from the first online national database for plastic surgery procedures, Tracking Operations and Outcomes for Plastic Surgeons, where members of ASPS can report their procedural information. In addition, this data was combined with an annual survey sent to American Board of Medical Specialties’ Certified physicians who were most likely to perform these procedures. 

“More men are talking to each other about plastic surgery and the results they are seeing, and as the stigma drops, men are coming in to talk about which procedures might be right for them,” said Lorelei J. Grunwaldt, MD, associate professor of plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.

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According to Dr Grunwaldt, most young men seeking cosmetic treatment request body contouring procedures. In the past 5 years, liposuction and tummy tucks have increased by 23% and 12%, respectively, with a boost in popularity among men, and male breast reductions increased by about 30%.

“It is a common misconception that men are unaffected by body issues. A lot of men cannot get the results they want through diet and exercise alone, and it can take a real toll on their self-esteem,” said Dr Grunwaldt. “I can see the relief on their faces when I explain the range of procedures that can help them achieve their goals.”2

While young men are seeking more body contouring procedures, older men are undergoing more minimally-invasive procedures to combat aging. In 2017, almost 100,000 men underwent filler injections, a 99% increase from 2000. Botox increased significantly among men.

“Some people call it the ‘executive edge’ because a lot of patients report that they want to look younger to continue to compete in the workplace,” said Jeffrey Janis, MD, president of the ASPS and professor and executive vice chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH. “But I think, more often, men just want to look as young as they feel. That is where a board-certified plastic surgeon can help.” 


1. Men turn to plastic surgeons for a better body image and more confidence at every age [press release]. Arlington Heights, IL: American Society of Plastic Surgery; June 13, 2018. Accessed June 13, 2018. 

2. More men turn to cosmetic procedures to enhance their look [press release]. Arlington Heights, IL: ASPS; June 13, 2018. Accessed June 13, 2018.