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Bruce Jenner isn't the only man who admits having plastic surgery

Bruce Jenner
Olympic athlete and Kardashian patriarch Bruce Jenner famously had cosmetic surgery in the 1980s, wasn't happy with it and had it redone to better effect in 2009.

Now it turns out that it's not just men in the public eye who are having a little work done.

More men in general are having cosmetic procedures, surgeons report. It's partly because of the tough job market, where looking younger seems to provide an edge. And sometimes it's because a wife or girlfriend is having a little something done. Yes, more couples are nipping and tucking together,  Susan Carpenter reports in Sunday's Image section.

The effects can be subtle. My colleague John Glionna, the L.A. Times Seoul bureau chief, shocked everyone in the office awhile back when he visited the home office for the first time in, well, awhile. What we noticed was his newly blond and spiky hair, a real change from his previous auburn, combed down 'do. And he looked younger in some inexplicable way.

What we didn't know then was that he also had had his eyes "done," having the bags removed. He writes about it in this Sunday's Image section.

Tempted? Writer Alene Dawson offers some tips for how to ensure you get the results you're looking for when you have a cosmetic procedure, and don't end up with the kinds of regrets some celebrities have said they felt afterward. 

Or having to have it redone, a la Bruce Jenner.

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Photo: Bruce Jenner in an appearance on NBC's "Today" show last year. Credit: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images.

Nonsurgical cosmetic devices -- are they the fountain of youth?

Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures

 
Zeltiq. Exilis. Fraxel. If you don't recognize those names, it's probably just a matter of time. Zeltiq machines are used as a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction, Exilis is a device used to tighten skin and smooth wrinkles, and the Fraxel laser is supposed to resurface skin and dimish age spots, among other things.

They are all emblematic of a growing trend -- the growth of nonsurgical cosmetic devices and treatments. "Some patients only want a little bit of change," says Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Others "just aren't interested in a surgical option."

They're seeking procedures that are less expensive, less painful and less disruptive than, say, a face lift. And in some cases, it can all happen in 45 minutes.

Susan Carpenter reports on the latest procedures -- who says the fountain of youth is hard to find?

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More men going under the knife for facelifts, liposuction

Plasticsurgerymen More men are going under the knife for plastic surgery, according to a report released Monday by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. While the number of cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. increased 5% in 2010 compared with 2009, the number of men getting facelifts, liposuction and breast reduction surgeries increased 14%, 7% and 6%, respectively. Overall, men underwent 1.1 million cosmetic procedures last year.

Women in recent years have been trending toward minimally invasive cosmetic treatments such as Botox and Restalyne. The fastest-growing cosmetic procedures for men, however, are surgical.

Nose reshaping tops the list of most common cosmetic surgical procedures performed on men, followed by eyelid surgery and liposuction. Women's most common plastic surgery is breast augmentation.

The statistics "reflect trends in my own practice," said Dr. Phil Haeck, a Seattle-based plastic surgeon who is president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. "On the one hand, I wasn't surprised, but I'm fascinated by it."

Haeck said men's pursuit of plastic surgery is driven in part by the economy. Older men who've lost jobs are competing with younger men for work. He added that a new business casual dress code is also exposing the muffin tops and flabby goosenecks that used to be hidden with suits and ties.

Baby boomers are driving the upward trend in plastic surgery. Born between 1946 and 1964, boomers now range in age from 47 to 65 -- a prime time for plastic surgery. In that age group, many men have been in the workforce long enough to have the financial means, along with the aging bodies, to have such procedures performed. According to the ASPS, 40- to 55-year olds account for almost half of all cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S.

-- Susan Carpenter

Photo: A patient receives a plastic surgery consultation. Credit: American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Eyebrow implants for people with $5,000 to burn

52010336 Eyebrow trends are as fickle as hemlines. One minute, they must be thin and arched like rainbows. And just when you finish plucking, the fashion magazines proclaim that thick, bushy brows are a must.  If you do care -- and frankly, don't we all have bigger worries? -- there's the new eyebrow implant.

Yes, for $3,500 to $5,000, Bosley hair73004644_2 restoration specialists will transplant Brooke Shields-worthy filler hair above those peepers. (Wait -- did you just spurt soda out of your nose, too?) They can fill in bald spots and create a better shape, too.

What's next? A macho mustache transplant for wimpy dudes?

-- Monica Corcoran

Photos: Actress Brooke Shields above left; actor Ken Davitian, above right.
Photo credits: Getty Images

Double D lip implants: pig intestines or saline?

Trout_poutslo Hey, breast augmentation. Meet my little friend, the lip implant. A new procedure called FulFil Lip from California-based Evera Medical, has just been approved for testing by the FDA. Much like a breast implant, the FulFil Lip is a balloon that can be filled with saline and then it is inserted into the lip. A micro-valve prevents any fluid from leaking. Now, that could be embarrassing during a first kiss.
(Outside the U.S., the company already markets VeraFil, a saline implant that plumps skin around the eye.)

Right now, there are myriad ways to inflate your pucker -- from injecting collagen from a dead person to grafting fat from your caboose. And Surgisis, an implant derived from the intestines of pigs, is on the horizon too. Oh, how to choose? Not to mention, can we conscript those scientists fiddling with pig guts to take a stab at a cure for the common cold?

(Thanks to the always clever and skewering Gallery of the Absurd for this illustration of the trout pout species, known to pilot the waters of Hollywood.)

As for the new lip implant, you get to pick your size, though the company has not yet released a size chart. Are double D lips next? No doubt, super pouts are here to stay. Since 2000, there has been a 27% increase in lip augmentation, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Oh, and it's no surprise that a study by the Beverly Hills Institute of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery revealed that Angelina Jolie's lips top the most requested list among patients. Brings new meaning to the term, "top heavy."

Image: Gallery of the Absurd


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