In the past two decades, the number of male clients seeking plastic surgery has tripled. Numbers still dwarf that of women, with less than 10 percent of cosmetic surgery operations performed on men. More than vanity has fueled the surge. The days of working a lifetime at one company are long gone, and appearing presentable and youthful is crucial in job interviews.
The majority of men aren’t undergoing surgery to change their facial appearance. Instead, they’re focusing on getting rid of excess fat via liposuction. As men age, even diet and exercise won’t get rid of some stubborn fat, so liposuction takes care of that issue and gives them back a more youthful physique. Another plus – liposuction doesn’t require a great deal of downtime. Most men can return to work in a couple of days, if not sooner. That doesn’t mean effects are instantaneous. It takes about two months or so before the patient knows exactly how his body will look.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the most common male procedure is blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery. Such a lift takes years off the face, and gets rid of a “tired” look produced not by lack of sleep but the forces of gravity. While the upper lid is lifted, the lower lid has fat removed and muscle and skin repositioned. The result is a rejuvenated, vital appearance.
Guys don’t want “man boobs,” but older men with loss of body often develop them. So do some teenage boys in the midst of fluctuating hormones. Formally known as gynecomastia, male breast reduction consists of liposuction in the chest area with surgical repositioning of the areola, the area surrounding the nipple.
The masculine ideal calls for a strong jaw and defined chin. As men age, the definition between the chin, jaw and neck becomes less obvious. A neck lift gets rid of the hanging skin obscuring the jawline. Restoring definition to the chin and jaw takes years off the face. Expect two to three weeks for recovery – the point at which a guy can resume being seen in public.
Men can get away with more prominent noses than women, but an out-of-proportion nose makes both genders uncomfortable with their appearance. It’s crucial to find a plastic surgeon who works on a lot of male noses, as subtle changes can make a nose appear too feminine.
If you or someone you know is interested in plastic surgery, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!