Men also want a nip, tuck

"Honey, do these gym shorts make my butt look big?"

While you may never hear your man utter these words, the latest round of statistics on plastic surgery suggests most men are as self-conscious about their bodies as women.

According to a report from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, liposuction is the surgery most often requested and performed on men. Ex-wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had liposuction on his chest, saying "It was an aesthetic thing."

The allure of aesthetic enhancements doesn't just appeal to celebrities. The ASAPS also reports nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for men have increased 722 percent in the past decade, including treatments such as Restylane ®, Botox ®, chemical peels and laser hair removal.

If you can't quite imagine your man washing his face, much less getting Microdermabrasion, it's likely he's not comfortable sharing the intimate details of his grooming routine.

Dr. Yan Trokel of the Yan Center for Corrective and Cosmetic Surgery in New York City maintains men indulge in aesthetic tweaking with regularity.

"For years, men have quietly entered the women's domain of Botox and liposuction. Now, they schedule aesthetic appointments as casually as if they were with their personal trainers," said Trokel, certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

And while you're most likely to get liposuction on your thighs and hips, men likely will target love handles and their abdomen. After liposuction, rhinoplasty (nose jobs) are men's most common cosmetic surgery, according to the ASAPS, followed by eyelid surgery, male breast reduction and facelifts. Women most often opt for breast augmentation, followed by liposuction, eyelid surgery, tummy tucks and breast reduction.

Anyone considering cosmetic surgery should pick a surgeon based on a combination of research and references. The American Medical Association provides a comprehensive tool for researching all physicians at www.ama-assn.org.

You also can verify your plastic surgeon belongs to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery or the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

It seems, for men and women, the stigma once associated with cosmetic surgery is fading. This means your man just may come out of the closet and admit he, too, worries about looking good in his bathing suit.

And remember, the answer to that earlier question is always "No."

Questions for a cosmetic surgeon:

- How many procedures of this type have you performed?

- What are the risks?

- What is the recovery time?

- How much will it cost? In most cases, your surgery won't be covered by insurance so make sure you understand all costs before committing. The doctor's fee often does not include the anesthesiologist's fee and may not include surgery center or hospital fees.

Celebrity photo courtesy of photorazzi.com

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