Male Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery is not just for women anymore.
There has been a lot of media attention lately on male plastic surgery and its gaining popularity. It has been on a steady rise for the past few years and definitely has become much more openly discussed and acceptable.
One of the most common reasons why more men are choosing cosmetic procedures is to compete in the work force. Since the economic downturn, the work place has become more competitive, and men in their 40s and 50s are competing for the same jobs as men in their 30s. Baby boomers are getting older, and people are not retiring as young as they used to.
What procedures are the most popular?
Many men choose to start with Botox in the forehead and around the eyes. This is a good way to ease into cosmetic procedures and is done in a matter of minutes.
Male rhinoplasty is popular among younger men in their 20s and 30s in every ethnicity. It is sometimes done in conjunction with a chin implant, which is currently one of the top cosmetic procedures performed.
Male liposuction is requested around the abdomen or “love handle” area. This is typically where men gain weight and have more fat cells. Although diet and exercise is strongly recommended in conjunction with liposuction, some men will benefit great results from liposuction and are able to then achieve that desired six-pack.
Common among men in their late 40s and older. This is a very easy procedure when done correctly, and can take years off a man’s face especially from a profile view.
Blepharoplasty is also a common request to look years younger. Heavy upper lids and bags under the eyes can be hereditary, and no amount of Botox or filler will erase the loose skin or bags.
Although smaller procedures are more commonly performed, there are men who want and need a facelift. The key to achieving a natural and not overly done look is to find a surgeon who does frequent male face lifts, as male skin is more vascular and thicker than female skin. The suture line is extremely important, as most men do not have long hair to cover their ears, so any scarring is evident if not done properly and with careful attention.
Most of these procedures with the exception of a full facelift can be done as a weekend make over with patients able to return to work in a few days.