Cosmetic surgery booming among men

MORE men are going under the knife to improve their appearance, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

More than 1.1 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed on men in the US in 2010, up 2% from 2009, and baby boomers reaching retirement age appear to be the new face of this trend.

Facelifts and liposuction were among the fastest-growing procedures for males, up 14% and 7% respectively, and others on the rise included ear surgery, botulinum toxin treatments, laser hair removal and lasering of leg veins.

By volume, the most popular surgical procedures for males were nose reshaping (64,000 procedures), eyelid surgery, liposuction, breast reduction and hair transplantation. 

The most popular minimally invasive procedures were botulinum injections (330,000 procedures), laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peel and soft tissue fillers.