What Are The Most Common Cosmetic Surgeries Among Men?

Although it is women who mostly undergo cosmetic surgeries, more and more men are joining this trend.

In 2016, almost one in 10 cosmetic surgery patients in the United States were male (9.3%), according to the latest data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

And in the United Kingdom in 2016, men underwent 8% of all cosmetic surgeries, although in that country the total number of cosmetic operations for men and women fell in 2016 after a record high in 2015, according to data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

But what are the most frequent procedures among men?

According to ASAPS, these were the six most popular male cosmetic surgery operations in the United States last year:

  1. Liposuction (24% of all operations performed on men)
  2. Breast reduction -to treat gynecomastia (17%)
  3. Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery (15%)
  4. Rhinoplasty or nose surgery (14%)
  5. Facelift (7%)
  6. Otoplasty or ear surgery (5%)

And in other countries, such as Spain and the United Kingdom, the same surgeries are observed among the most common procedures among men, although with slight variations in the specific order.

Upward trend

The percentage of cosmetic surgeries among men has increased in recent years.

We believe that men have less and less modesty when it comes to consulting for something cosmetic or having some treatment or surgery.


  • Liposuction 24%
  • 2 Breast reduction 17%
  • 3 Blepharoplasty 15%
  • 4 Rhinoplasty 14%
  • 5 Facelift 7%

Breast reduction

Breast reduction is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries among men: in 2016, it was the second in the United States and the fourth in Spain.

This surgery is done to treat gynecomastia, the pathological enlargement of one or both mammary glands in the male.

Gynecomastia usually occurs due to obesity or a hormonal imbalance due to natural changes in hormones, some diseases, exposure to anabolic steroids, the side effect of some medications, and certain cancer treatments.

In the United States, this type of operation had increased by 181% since 1997, when ASAPS began to make an annual balance of cosmetic procedures.

7% of these surgeries in 2016 were in young people under 19 years.

Gynecomastia covers all ages, but depending on the severity, it can even occur in minors, of course, with the consent of the parents.

In these cases, it is only performed when it is severe and affects the patient’s normal and social life due to an impairment of self-esteem.

However, the most practiced cosmetic procedure, for both men and women, is liposuction.