Ok guys, we know you probably don’t stand in the locker room and chat with your buddies about your double chin or love handles. But if you’re being honest, it’s not uncommon for insecurities to arise for men just like they do for the ladies. Because the gals tend to talk openly about their trouble spots, we also problem solve by sharing our secret products and procedures like plastic surgery. So now you may be asking, do men really get plastic surgery? The answer is yes. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures performed on men has increased by 28% since 2000. Even though men may not openly discuss it, it’s obvious that plastic surgery has become one of their go-to options. Though there are a plethora of surgical procedures men are turning to, the three top plastic surgery categories for men are facial surgeries, male breast reduction and liposuction.
Facial Fixes for Men
Men care about their appearance more than ever and focus on putting their best face forward. To do so, many are turning to surgical procedures to help get the look they want. Some choose to fix certain bothersome features like their nose, whether they were born with it or need help repairing it after an injury. Rhinosplasty, otherwise known as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure that reshapes the nose, and has been one of the most popular plastic surgeries among the guys for some time.
The “older and wiser” men may turn to an eyelid lift (Blepharoplasty) to remove or reposition the skin around the eye, resulting in a more alert and youthful look. Or they may kick it up a notch and undergo a full face lift, technically known as a rhytidectomy. This procedure lifts sagging skin, tightens facial muscles and reduces the effects of time and gravity, often taking years off of the face.
Avoiding the Dreaded Man Boobs
Let’s be honest here, every man secretly wants to look like Tarzan, and you certainly don’t want your chest to jiggle. However, “man boobs,” a condition medically referred to as gynecomastia, affects an estimated 40-60% of men. Some guys could spend every waking minute in the gym and still struggle to get that coveted, rock-hard chest. Because of this, more men are undergoing male breast reduction surgery, making it the third top plastic surgery procedure for men. This procedure removes fat and or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in more extreme cases, the excess skin as well. If extra glandular tissue is the main problem, the surgeon will remove the tissue with a scalpel, typically working through an incision either around the nipple area or under the arm. If extra fatty tissue is the culprit, it is often removed by undergoing liposuction. This also begins with a small incision around the nipple area, and then the surgeon will use a slim, hollow tube called a cannula to break up and suction out the fatty tissue. It is quite common for a male breast reduction to involve the removal of excess glandular tissue as well as liposuction, resulting in a chest you will be proud to pound on.
Save that Spare Tire for the Car
You may call it your spare tire, love handles or perhaps the dreaded beer belly. However you refer to it, it’s probably not something you are particularly fond of. Perhaps you have always been a fairly fit guy, but as you age you can’t seem to get rid of that extra bulge. Or maybe you work out like crazy, yet that trouble spot refuses to go away. Interestingly enough, that “spare tire” can actually be due to hormonal changes that can cause this area to become very dense and resistant to diet and exercise. Many guys are turning to liposuction to win this battle, making it the number one plastic surgery procedure among men. As we discussed earlier, during a liposuction procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision and then insert the cannula tube. The surgeon skillfully guides the cannula tube and suctions the fat from the designated areas, while shaping and contouring the body. This procedure is an outpatient surgery, usually performed under a local sedation anesthesia. Typically, patients are back to work in 3 to 5 days and back in the gym four to six weeks after surgery.
No Need to Duck and Cover
If you are like most guys, you start sweating at the thought of actually stepping foot into a plastic surgeon’s office. You probably envision a bunch of ladies sitting in the lobby sipping their coffee, and you aren’t feeling like you would fit in very well. Surprisingly enough, there are often several guys making their way in and out of the office for both surgical and skin care procedures. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, just under 10% of cosmetic procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical, are received by the male population. So if there are some plastic surgery procedures you have been wondering about, make that consultation appointment and go for it! There’s a good chance you won’t be the only guy sitting in the lobby, and the coffee is on us.