March 31, 2016
Plastic surgery is no longer just for the women. Today’s men are becoming increasingly involved in their physical appearance. Perhaps this has something to do with the changes in our society and the increasing pressure we (and the media) puts on us to maintain our beauty even throughout the aging process. Now, more and more men are getting in on the action. It is now common to see more men at the gym, tanning salon, and even the plastic surgeon’s office. Many procedures may be beneficial to men as far as improving the appearance of their skin and bodies, and this may result in increased self-confidence and a positive body image.
Many women joke that men are like fine wine – they get better with age. While it’s true that some men may look good with – and even prefer – the salt-and-pepper hair color, refined cheekbones, and minor wrinkling around the eyes, not all of us can be so lucky. In fact, men may want to undergo plastic surgery procedures as much as women, they just never knew it was an option for them. In fact, it is! Men have plenty of options when it comes to plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures.
Cosmetic procedures for skin care are common and beneficial for men of a certain age. Men are not immune to the process of aging, and like women, they may experience loss of facial volume, increased wrinkling and fine lines, and skin damage from overexposure to the sun and other environmental elements. Dermal fillers like Voluma or Juvederm may help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Voluma is an especially stiff filler made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance in our bodies, and may help with more severe skin wrinkles and furrows. An increase of collagen production can be stimulated with certain fillers to help improve facial volume and restore a more youthful appearance. It’s not uncommon for men to undergo skin resurfacing procedures with peels in order to remove dead or damaged skin cells and reveal a more rejuvenated skin layer underneath.
Men may undergo a rhinoplasty procedure if they are unhappy with the appearance or shape of their nose. This procedure is also a beneficial solution for excessive snoring or difficulty breathing due to a deviated septum. If the patient wishes to correct the deviated septum, the plastic surgeon may also simultaneously re-shape and re-structure the nose to induce a more aesthetically-pleasing shape for the patient. Or, men may simply undergo this procedure to help improve the appearance of an unsatisfactory nose shape or structure that resulted from injury or genetics. The purpose of the rhinoplasty procedure is to create a more symmetrical shape and proportional size of the nose in relation to the rest of the face.
A more well-known procedure suitable for men is gynecomastia surgery. Gynecomastia is a medical condition in which male breasts increase in size, resulting in a more feminine appearance. It often leads to men feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable with their appearance both with and without clothing. Men who wish to correct this condition may undergo gynecomastia surgery to remove the excess fat and tissue that congregates in the breasts. Plastic surgeons may re-sculpt the breast in order to create a more masculine appearance and address the excess skin that may result from fat removal. Gynecomastia is a condition that may occur at any age, but the procedure to correct this condition is relatively straightforward and predictable.
Liposuction is another procedure commonly available to men who wish to address excess fat deposits that have not responded to diet or exercise. Unfortunately, maintaining a stringent meal plan and rigorous daily exercise does not always prove effective for every body type. Plastic surgery can aid in the removal of stubborn fat and excess skin in order to create a body shape that is satisfactory to the patient. Men can undergo liposuction in order to sculpt their torso and abdomen. Liposuction is an increasingly common procedure and may help to counteract the effects of significant weight gain due to lifestyle habits or medical conditions. This procedure may result in increased confidence that men feel both with and without clothes, as it can address the stubborn fat and skin that may accumulate around the abdomen.
Another common cosmetic procedure for men is eyelid rejuvenation surgery. Men who often look tired, with puffy eyes or low-hanging eyelids, can undergo an eyelid lift. This procedure may result in a more youthful and “awakened” appearance. A minor correction to the position and placement of the eyelids can work wonders for the appearance of your face. Tired eyes can affect not only your physical appearance but also your mood as well. With an eyelid lift, men may feel reinvigorated and have a rejuvenated appearance. This procedure is not just for women anymore!
Plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures are viable options for men who wish to improve their appearance or address items of concern as it relates to their physical makeup. While it is true that we all have immense natural beauty, men are not immune to the feelings of insecurity that may result from dissatisfaction with their nose, or their bodies, or their skin. They, too, can benefit from the effects of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures that women are fond of. It’s important to discuss your personal aesthetic goals with your plastic surgeon in order to manage expectations as they relate to the results of plastic surgery. Each procedure comes with its own set of risks and rewards, and only by educating yourself on the specific characteristics of each procedure can you truly decide what will work best for you. To all the men out there who wish to change something about themselves but never thought it possible, now is the time. Today’s man is totally comfortable with the idea of plastic surgery, not just for women, but for himself, too.
Plastic Surgery for Men
Dr. Amjadi MD, DDS, FACS
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons
915 Gessner Rd #870
Houston, TX 77024
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