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Men Turn to Plastic Surgery to Restore Youthful Looks, Contour Bodies

Men Turn to Plastic Surgery to Restore Youthful Looks, Contour Bodies


Healthy men, just like healthy women, want to look as young as they feel. It’s no surprise, then, that males underwent more than one million cosmetic procedures last year, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Our male patients tell us they’ve worked hard at being healthy, and they want their bodies to look as fit and as youthful as they themselves feel. Aging faces and “spare tires” around the waist are among their primary concerns. Some men also believe their paunchy appearance is putting them at a disadvantage at work.

Fortunately, there are cosmetic plastic surgery procedures available to help men restore their youthful appearance.

Facial Rejuvenation for Men

When it comes to revitalizing the face, most men prefer to start with minimally invasive treatments that are less expensive and require less healing time, such as soft-tissue fillers and BOTOX® injections to reduce fine lines. Facial fillers such as Restylane®, Juvéderm™, and Perlane® are gels that soften lines, restore smooth skin, and replace lost volume. Patients are treated every six to twelve months to maintain results.

Alternatively, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a naturally occurring protein compound that relaxes the muscles responsible for wrinkling rather than filling in hollow areas under the skin. It diminishes wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other lines, with results usually lasting three to four months.

Treatments with facial fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic have become popular among men largely because they produce immediate results after a single office visit. However, although they are minimally invasive, they are medical procedures that should be administered only by qualified doctors.

Some men prefer more lasting facial procedures such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and brow lifts. Eyelid surgery is performed to correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes through the removal of excess fat, skin, and muscle. A brow lift, or forehead lift, restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes by correcting drooping brows and improving the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person look angry, sad, or tired.

Men who are seeking more comprehensive facial rejuvenation may wish to consider undergoing a face lift. Face lifts reduce facial tissue slackness. Younger patients often opt for a mini face lift because it focuses on specific trouble spots such as the neck and jowls. A traditional face lift tightens or removes excess muscle, fat, and skin to produce a more youthful, rested appearance.

Eliminating Stubborn Fat for a Fitter Physique

Men naturally store fat in the abdominal area. Our male patients often tell us they are frustrated because no matter how much they exercise and watch their weight, they can’t get rid of that “spare tire” around their waists. Mark Eldert, an insurance agent from Virginia, represents a typical example of such a patient.

Through diet and exercise, Eldert lost 157 pounds, and he has kept it off for several years. At one point, however, he became too thin during a fruitless attempt to whittle away the fat around his midsection. After several consultations with us, Eldert had 10 pounds of skin removed from his abdomen. He also had fat removed from his flanks and fleshy chest tissue removed.

Two weeks after his surgery, he was back at work. Three months later, he was confident enough about his appearance to take off his shirt while he was poolside during a cruise. He now says that he wishes he’d had the surgery 10 years ago. “It has really helped my self-esteem.”

Abdominoplasty, Liposuction, and Gynecomastia Surgery

Like many men, Eldert elected to undergo a combination of procedures to achieve the results he desired. He chose procedures that are most common among men: abdominoplasty, liposuction, and gynecomastia surgery.

Liposuction is usually very effective with men because they retain skin elasticity longer than women do. The most common areas for liposuction for men are the abdomen, flanks, chest, chin, and neck. During the procedure, localized deposits of fat are removed with a tube and vacuum device. The procedure lasts approximately one to two hours, and patients are generally able to return to work within days of surgery. Full recovery from bruising and swelling takes less than a month.

Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a major surgical procedure. A surgeon removes skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightens the abdominal wall muscles. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a paunch, but it also leaves the patient with a permanent scar. The surgery usually takes two to three hours, and recovery times vary according to the patient’s fitness level. Most patients are able to return to work after a week and resume a normal exercise routine after three to four weeks.

Gynecomastia is a common condition in which men develop an overabundance of flesh or breast tissue in the chest, creating the appearance of enlarged breasts. Millions of American men are affected by gynecomastia, and many are choosing to undergo breast reduction to achieve a flatter, more masculine-looking chest. Last year, the number of male breast reduction surgeries increased nationwide by 22 percent.

Gynecomastia surgery reduces enlarged male breasts through the removal of excess glandular tissue, often with liposuction. The procedure takes about one to two hours and most patients can return to work within a week.

Is Cosmetic Surgery Right for You?

If you are a male who is self-conscious about your appearance, cosmetic surgery may be a viable option for you. Cosmetic surgery has helped thousands of men enhance their appearance and boost their self-confidence. It is important, however, to keep in mind that the goal of all cosmetic procedures is improvement, not perfection.

To help ensure the best results, discuss your expectations and your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Together, you can arrive at a course of treatment that is right for you.

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