|Procedures for Men
Important Note: Every single patient is different, and has a different scenario. Because of that, it is very important that prior to making a decision, you contact a board certified plastic surgeon, and consult with them about your goals, desires and to see if you are a good candidate for this plastic surgery procedure.
It is quite important to point out that plastic surgery, through media exposure, focuses only on females. However, there are numerous plastic surgery procedures for men, that can help them reach their desired goals. Men of all ages, races, financial standing are choosing to have cosmetic plastic surgery, as it is a very viable way to improve their appearance.
The most common plastic surgery procedures for men include, but are not limited to the reshaping of their nose, a healthier younger looking face, a slimmer more firm stomach, or a smaller more fit chest.
Are you a Good Candidate?
Is this you?
- Do you feel that you have not aged well?
- Do you feel that your body has become fatty, and exercise is not fixing it?
- Are you unhappy with the shape of your nose?
- Do you have a lot of "flab" on your face, hips, chest, or other areas of your body?
- Are you willing to discuss, with your plastic surgeon, your desired results and what your goals are of the surgery?
- Are you willing to listen to the advice your plastic surgeon has for you, as some times, what you think is the best procedure for you, is not. A different procedure may accomplish your desired results.
- Have unrealistic expectations this may not be for you. You should discuss this with your plastic surgeon.
- Are not physically healthy, you would not be a good candidate for breast augmentation.
- Are doing this for someone else, you should reconsider. It is a very personal decision, and therefore, it is your decision.
Here you will find very general information in reference to male plastic surgery procedures. The most updated, detailed information can be obtained from a simple one on one consultation with your board certified plastic surgeon. Click here to ask an expert!
Facial Plastic Surgery:
Plan on your plastic surgeon to evaluate your entire facial region, including your hairline, the thickness of your sideburns, the way your beard grows, damaged skin from the sun, scars and the elasticity of your skin. Male faces bleed more during surgery, primarily, because men have a richer blood supply in their facial skin. This increases a males chance of hematoma, a temporary collection of blood under the skin.
Other common issues men have to deal with if they elect facial plastic surgery are:
Depending on what facial procedure you want, and what is best for you, it is important to be very clear with your plastic surgeon about your specific goals. If you elect to have eyelid surgery, facial implant surgery, facelift, rhinoplasty (nose surgery) or a non-surgical procedure we can not stress enough how important it is to be honest, and clear, when you describe your specific goals.
- Scars are harder to hide, because most men do not apply makeup
- The role of hair growth. If you are losing you hair, your plastic surgeon will have to find a way to better hide the scars from a facelift.
- If the portion of your face that grows hair (your beard) is pulled back during the procedure, you may find you have to shave behind your ears. Electrolysis can correct this problem.
- Men have thicker muscles, therefore this presents more of a challenge to your board certified plastic surgeon. This is not in every case, and you should consult with your plastic surgeon prior to making any decision.
- Procedures such as chemical peels, or dermabrasion, may make you postpone shaving for up to 3-4 weeks. Your face may be swollen and sensitive. It is also recommended for men to give up drinking alcohol for about 4 weeks, as it causes treated facial skin to become red.
Body Plastic Surgery:
Liposuction: It is easy to imagine your perfect body. Most picture a trim look, broad shoulders and chest, a flat stomach, and a generally athletic look. Aging, however, creates a different picture. Males typically gain fat in the stomach (abdomen), breast (commonly referred to as gynecomastia), the hips and also around the face, such as the chin or neck areas. In numerous cases, diets and exercise just won't fix the areas. Liposuction is a very good option if you are in this scenario. Liposuction for men is generally extremely effective, because men keep there skin elasticity longer than women do, and the areas of fat below the skin typically are firmer.
Tummy Tuck: This is a very effective procedure for men who have drooping abdominal skin or loose abdominal muscles, sometimes due to massive weight loss or other factors. This is an effective procedure to trim the waistline, but is a major surgical procedure that removes the excess fat and tightens the abdominal wall muscles. It will some times take up to 3-4 weeks to return to work, bit varies on a case by case basis. Most men that have a minimal amount of excess skin will benefit more from liposuction, however, this is a very good procedure for men that have a good amount of excess skin. The best way to know exactly which procedure will be most effective for you is to have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.
After Surgery, Your Recovery:
With all procedures, it is very important that you follow the instructions of your board certified plastic surgeon. This includes, but is not limited to, taking time off of work, wearing compression garments, wearing and properly changing bandages, not drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, resting and having sex. Studies have shown that it is more difficult for men to admit pain and ask for help and advice. It is important for you to understand that these procedures are surgical, and do require follow up. If you are not comfortable for any reason in talking to the doctor or the doctor's staff over the phone, prior or post surgery, ask the staff for an email address where you can communicate with the staff or surgeon, or arrange for the staff to make a follow up call with you. Many practices already do this. Understand that the plastic surgeon and the staff want you to be as comfortable as possible, and really are there to help in any way possible.
Before you leave, you plastic surgeon will give you instructions on exactly what you can and can not do. To answer a couple common questions, your plastic surgeon will direct you on how to change your dressings, how to shower, and how to be most comfortable.