Plastic Surgery For Men: Trends And Procedures

There has been a dramatic rise in men getting cosmetic procedures in the last few years. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there has been a 20% increase in men opting for plastic surgery treatments since 2010.

In 2016, the most popular plastic surgery procedure among men was rhinoplasty, followed by eyelid surgery, and gynecomastia surgery. These procedures increased by 1% to 3% compared to 2015.

Here’s a rundown of the procedures men require the most, how they work and how much they cost.

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Rhinoplasty, or “nose job”, is a plastic surgical procedure that alters the shape of the nose for cosmetic purposes or improved breathing. During this procedure, a plastic surgeon removes or reshapes the bone and cartilage in the nose to reduce its size, change the width of the bridge, eliminate dips or bumps, alter the tip, adjust nostril shape or create symmetry. In 2016, 55,000 nose jobs were performed on men, with a 3% increase from 2015.

Costs for a nose job vary from €1,800 in India or €2100 in Czech Republic, to €6800 ($8000) in the US.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that aims at correcting the eyelids, and in general modifying the eye region of the face. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper or the lower eyelids, or both (double eyelid surgery). An eyelid surgery usually involves cutting along the natural lines of your eyelids to separate the skin from the underlying tissue and remove the excess fat and skin. These cuts will then be closed with very small stitches that will stay from 3 to 6 days.

The cost of an eyelid surgery is on average €650 in Turkey and $3000 in the US.

Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia is the benign enlargement of glandular breast tissue in men. Gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction surgery, involves removing the excess glandular tissue in the breast. The surgeon makes a small incision on each side of the chest, either along the edge of the areola or within the armpit, and removes excess fat and glandular tissue. If there is also excess fatty tissue, liposuction may be performed in conjunction. Recovery time depends on each individual’s needs but typically, you can resume physical activities within 2-3 weeks after surgery. In 2016, 27,760 gynecomastia surgery procedures were performed, representing 36% an increase compared to 2000.

Costs for gynecomastia surgery vary from €1850 in Turkey to €9000 in the UK.


Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that involves removing deposits of fat. There are different types of liposuction, including Vaser liposuction, laser-assisted, and water jet-assisted liposuction. Target areas can be the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, upper arms, flanks and breasts. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of tummy tucks performed increased by 114% between 2000 and 2016.

Cost per area varies from €250 in Hungary to €2700 ($3200) in the US.

Face Lift

A Face Lift is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess fat and tightening the underlying tissues and muscles to remove wrinkles or sagging skin to achieve a smoother, younger-looking appearance. There are different types of face lifts, including the Deep Plane Lift, the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) Lift, and the Short Scar Lift.

On average, costs of a face lift range from €1700 in Turkey to €10000 ($11800) in the US.

Hair Transplant

A hair transplant is a surgical procedure that involves transplanting new hair follicles into balding or thinning areas. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is among the most popular techniques as it allows the scalp skin to fully recover without any scarring. With this technique, the surgeon harvests and transplants each graft one at a time.

Hair transplant costs can be as low as €1900 in Turkey or up to €10,000 in the UK. We offer exclusive deals and specially-negotiated packages at our high-quality partner clinics. Get in touch to know more!

Penis Augmentation

Other cosmetic surgeries that have seen an increase in demand include penis augmentation surgery. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 15,000 penis enlargements were performed across the world in 2013 - a staggering increase compared to 4 years earlier, when that number was under 1,000. Penis augmentation surgery involves different procedures that aim to increase the length or girth of the erect penis. Techniques include penile implants (also common in the event of erectile dysfunction), cutting the ligament that connects the penis to the pelvic bone to add length to the penis, or implanting fat, silicone or tissue grafts to increase the circumference of the penis.

Pectoral Implants

Pectoral implant surgery is another men-specific procedure that gives a sculpted look and boosts definition within the chest region thanks to the placement of silicone implants. Pectoral implant procedures increased by 25% from 2015 to 2016.

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Whatever treatment you’re looking for, it is important that you put your health in the hands of experienced and highly-qualified surgeons who can work with you on finding the best solution for your needs and desires.

That is why we at Qunomedical partner with world renowned doctors across the globe to bring healthcare closer to you. As we believe that transparency, affordability and timely access are the key for a successful treatment, our partner clinics are located where wait lists are virtually non existent and costs significantly lower than in countries such as the US, the UK, or Germany.

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The information in this article is for educational purposes only and does not replace medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting any treatments.

About the author

Dr. Alexandre Figueiredo, Medical Content Manager

Alex is a medical doctor by training. He feels strongly about the current shortcomings of our healthcare system and thinks it’s about time that patients started benefiting from first-class, yet affordable treatment.

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