By Pat McGonigle
St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Dr. Bruce Kraemer has been practicing plastic surgery in the St. Louis area for 25 years. As the chief of plastic surgery at Saint Louis University Hospital, Dr. Kraemer says he has seen a bit of everything. But one trend in recent years has definitely caught his attention.
More men are coming in for procedures. And it's not always for the reasons you might suspect.
"If people are concerned about job retention, if you look around the table and you feel like you're the oldest, sleepiest looking one, perhaps, from your facial expression changes---we can do things for that," said Dr. Kraemer.
Eyebrow lifts and procedures to create a more youthful facial appearance are some of the most popular surgeries for men looking to keep a competitive advantage on the job front.
Dr. Kraemer says he even saw a steady stream of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officers not so long ago.
"When the police department started requiring officers to wear a bullet proof vest, we saw a number of officers come in who were individuals who had collections around their middle that made it hard to wear their bullet proof vest," Kraemer said. And so we see different people for different reasons."
One patient asked for a nose job so that he could appear more like Elvis Presley.
"Afterwards, he popped his collar, looked in the mirror and said, 'Doc, you did it!'" Kraemer said.
Dr. Kraemer says the negative stigma about men getting plastic surgery is starting to fade.
In 2010, 12.6 million male patients had work done by plastic surgeons, a 10 percent increase from 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Kraemer says he sees everything from police officers to TV pitch men and everything in between.
"I had a gentleman just yesterday who said, 'I'm tired of this (neck skin) hanging down. I'm the deacon of the church and I want to wear collars again, I don't like the way neck looks in a collar when I'm at church,'" Kraemer said.