Massage therapy is often received by patients following plastic surgery, as gentle bodywork effects lymph flow and stress relief, and plastic surgeons can be a rich source of referrals for massage therapists. New statistics show that more men than ever before are choosing elective plastic surgery.

According to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, released this week, overall cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in men were up 2 percent in 2010 compared to 2009. Also, many male surgical procedures increased significantly. Facelifts for men rose 14 percent in 2010, for example, while male liposuction increased 7 percent.

“Typically people think of celebrities and high profile men going under the knife,” said Stephen Baker, M.D., an ASPS member based in Washington DC. “And while that may be true, the typical male cosmetic surgery patient that I see is an average guy who wants to look as good as he feels.

“Most of my patients are men’s men, the kind of guy you might not think would have plastic surgery,” he added.

The top 10 fastest-growing male cosmetic procedures are:

1. Facelift: 14-percent increase

2. Ear Surgery: 11-percent increase

3. Soft Tissue Fillers: 10 percent increase

4. Botulinum Toxin Type A: 9-percent increase

5. Liposuction: 7-percent increase

6. Breast Reduction in Men: 6-percent increase

7. Eyelid Surgery: 4-percent increase

8. Dermabrasion: 4-percent increase

9. Laser Hair Removal: 4-percent increase

10. Laser Treatment of Leg Veins: 4-percent increase

“The growth in cosmetic surgical procedures for men may be a product of our aging baby boomers who are now ready to have plastic surgery,” said ASPS President Phillip Haeck, M.D.