Plastic Surgery for Men
Today, more than ever, society places a high value on looking young and fit. Consequently, men of all ages and all walks of life are now considering plastic surgery strictly for cosmetic reasons. A man’s goal may include a more balanced nose, a rejuvenated face or a trimmer waistline. In order to achieve that goal, the cosmetic procedures should take into consideration factors like skin thickness, beard growth or body type.
Liposuction: The ideal male body shape is judged to be trim and athletic-looking, with broad shoulders and chest, as well as having a flat abdomen and a narrow hip-thigh area. Typically, as men age, areas of fat tend to accumulate around their abdomen, the flanks (“love handles”), the breast area (a condition called gynecomastia) and also along the chin and neck. In order to remove these fatty areas that are often resistant to diet and exercise, many men will seek liposuction.
Men retain their skin elasticity longer than women do, and the areas of fat beneath the skin tend to be firmer and more vascular. In many cases, liposuction alone can effectively correct these problem areas. Consequently, because of these and other factors, liposuction in men is usually very effective and yield good results.
On the other hand, men who have some loose, hanging skin, in addition to areas of excess fat, may opt for a traditional excision procedure (surgical skin removal) in addition to having liposuction. An excision of skin and some breast tissue may also be performed on gynecomastia patients whose breast enlargement resulted in excess skin.
Abdomen reduction: A full abdominoplasty (also known as a “tummy tuck”) may be chosen by men who have hanging abdominal skin (this is usually the result of massive weight loss), loose abdominal muscles and/or neglected hernias. This is a major surgical procedure that removes excess fat, tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and trims the waistline. Men who have a full abdominoplasty are often surprised at the long recovery period. Some patients aren’t able to return to work up to 4 weeks after surgery. On the other hand, men with good skin elasticity who have only a moderate amount of excess abdominal fat may benefit from liposuction alone.
Muscle-enhancing surgery: In recent years, plastic surgeons have developed ways of improving muscle contour with cosmetic implants and “sculpting” techniques. These sculpting techniques can provide that “six-pack” look that can be very difficult to achieve through diet and exercise alone.
Calf implants: These implants were originally developed to restore leg contour in accident or polio victims; however, they are now used to create cosmetic fullness in the lower leg. Similarly, pectoral implants, which are used to build the undeveloped chest wall of men with Poland’s syndrome, can also be used to “bulk out” the existing pectoral muscles of healthy men. Men who are considering cosmetic muscle enhancement should keep in mind that many of these procedures are still relatively new and that is why it’s best to seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon who has received adequate training in these methods.