Over the past three years there has been a drastic increase in the number of patients seeking laser treatments to take light-years off their faces, says a new American survey.
According to American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS)'s annual Procedural Survey, there has been a 456pct increase in the number of males undergoing laser resurfacing, compared to 215pct in females.
Laser resurfacing is performed with a "super-pulsed" carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to minimize wrinkles and lines on the face.
Laser hair removal has also jumped to the overall number two most performed non-invasive cosmetic procedure.
"Cosmetic surgery technology is advancing at the speed of light," said AACS President Dr Patrick McMenamin.
"As we learn more about the cosmetic uses for lasers, the more patients benefit from effective results and quicker recovery time. It is an exciting time for both cosmetic surgery patients and physicians," he added.
The top three most performed cosmetic surgical procedures in 2008 include liposuction, blepharoplasty and breast augmentation.
The most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures were Botox(r) injections, laser hair removal and hyaluronic acid.