Male Plastic Surgery
As noted in April’s newsletter, male plastic surgery is on the rise and men are jumping on injectables such as Botox® and dermal fillers to erase the signs of facial aging. Truth is, our Boca Raton plastic surgery practice sees men in consultation daily for 5 procedures that are the most important to them! According to statistics, over a 1.2 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men in 2014. That includes both surgical and non-surgical procedures, such as Botox® and fillers, microdermabrasion and laser treatments.
Like women, men want to look young and appealing. However, men claim one more reason for their interest in cosmetic rejuvenation and that is the job market. Many men state that appearing young is essential for business purposes because, rather than being a hallmark of experience and accumulated skill, male aging is perceived as “out of touch and behind the times,” particularly in our technological age. Whatever a man’s reasons, there’s truth in the belief that you feel as young as you look.
3. Eyelid Rejuvenation
5. Male Breast Reduction
Liposuction isn’t a weight loss method but it does resculpt the body by removing discrete areas of fat that don’t respond to exercise and diet, particularly around the mid-section. Many men develop extra fat in the belly and flanks, and liposuction is, for healthy men, a simple and relatively rapid way to eliminate fat in those areas. I do caution men who come to me for liposuction at my Boca Raton plastic surgery practice that the best results come to men with the most elasticity in the skin, to avoid sagging skin post-procedure.
For both men and women, the nose is the part of the face that everyone can see. If it’s out of balance with the rest of ones features, it stands out and, often, in ways my patients dislike. While there’s no ‘man’s nose” per se, men’s noses are definitely more masculine in appearance than a woman’s. Most of the men who visit me in Boca for a rhinoplasty have at least one or more of the following concerns about their noses:
1. Problems breathing through the nose, particularly at night, causing snoring
2. A dissatisfaction of bulky or uneven nostrils
3. A large nasal bridge (the size of the nose at its top)
4. A drooping nasal tip due to anatomy or aging
5. A large hump or distortion in the nose
Men have the same concerns about their eyes as do women: under-eye bags, sagging upper lids, drooping brows and/or fatty deposits on the upper or lower eyelids. It’s amazing how much a blepharoplasty (eyelid rejuvenation) can change a man’s appearance, and remove years from the face even without a facelift. Eyelid rejuvenation for men is somewhat different than for women, in that men don’t desire raised eyebrows (most men’s brows are thick and relatively flat), and they usually don’t want a huge correction–they don’t want to look “done” any more than my women patients. After performing hundreds of blepharoplasty procedures on both men and women here in Boca Raton, I’m familiar with the differences in results desired by men versus women, and my male blepharoplasty patients express a great deal of satisfaction with their results. Subtlety is, after all, my hallmark.
Similar to eyelid rejuvenation, men want to look younger, but not obviously “done.” I’m sure you’ve seen the facelift results of actors such as Burt Reynolds and others who appear too tight and, as a result, just as old but different in their appearance. Because men don’t usually wear their hair long as do women, special consideration must be taken when I make incisions for a male facelift. I am careful to hide the incisions in front of the ear around the tragus (the little cartilage ‘bump” at the front of the ear). Furthermore, a man doesn’t want to have to shave his ears because skin has been rearranged during his facelift, making delicate incisions and suturing a must, along with a clear anticipation of his final results. Again, experience is in my favor, not to mention my double board certification in Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, as well as plastic surgery.
Most men experience some extra breast tissue at the two times in their lives when their hormones are in a bit of flux, which is during puberty and what is sometimes called “male menopause.” During puberty, some teen boys develop breast tissue that they often “outgrow” with age. Again, when men pass the age of 50 or so, they may develop excessive breast tissue as testosterone lowers and estrogen increases, and/or because they tend to put on weight, which can find its way to the chest. Assuming there is no endocrine problem, if the enlarged breasts don’t go away on their own, liposuction if an excellent option for teen boys and men with gynecomastia, the medical term for enlarged breasts in males. Very rarely, actual tissue removal is needed but, even then, recovery is generally fairly rapid and my gynecomastia patients are delighted with their new, slimmer contours.
So, as with women, men are reaping the benefits of cosmetic enhancements. If there’s a man in your life who has been thinking about a cosmetic procedure, and wondering if it might be appropriate, ask him to call me at my Boca Raton plastic surgery office at 561-417-0171 or complete this online consultation form. I’ll advise him on all his options and he can decide which ones he may wish to have done. When a procedure has the potential to increase a man’s self-esteem and self-confidence, it’s worth it to get the details!