Most people think that plastic surgery is for women, but that is not the case. An increasing number of American men are having the procedures done, and they are not shy to admit it. The growing popularity of plastic surgery for men can be gauged from the fact that there has been a 277 percent increase in the number of procedures done annually since 1997 and a 43 percent increase in the last five years, according to a report published in the Washington Post.
Men get plastic surgery for two reasons: to correct a functional defect (reconstructive surgery) or, more often, to improve their appearance (cosmetic surgery). Some popular plastic surgery for men includes eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nose jobs (rhinoplasty), chin augmentation, a neck lift (lower rhytidectomy), male breast reduction (gynecomastia), and liposuction.
Blepharoplasty is the surgery of the eyelid. It is done to correct functional problems, such as disfigured, deformed or defective eyelids as well as for aesthetic reasons, such as sagging or drooping eyelids. The procedure involves an excision and removal (or repositioning) of excess tissue, and reinforcement of the muscle and tendon tissues in the affected area. The result is a functional and youthful looking face, with the skin smoothly transitioning from the lower eyelids to the cheek.
Rhinoplasty or a nose job is a surgical procedure that corrects functional problems (such as nasal trauma, congenital defect or respiratory impediment) and aesthetic imperfections (such as a nose that is too small or too big or is crooked). Many patients have it done to narrow the width of the nostril, remove an unsightly bump, change the angle between the nose and mouth, and to correct breathing problems.
The shape and size of the chin have a significant impact on the overall appearance of the face. A little chin is often associated with lack of masculinity while an oversized chin can make one look unattractive. The solution is chin augmentation, which involves manipulating the jawbone or using surgical implants to make the chin bigger (called genioplasty) or reshaping the jawbone to make the chin smaller (called mentoplasty).
As a person gets older, the skin around the neck begins to fold and sag, resulting in what is commonly known as a turkey neck. Fortunately, this can be repaired with a lower rhytidectomy, commonly known as a neck lift. This is a surgical procedure that restores youthful contours to the neck by removing excess fat and correcting skin relaxation that creates jowls. A neck lift can also include removing excess fatty deposits from under the chin, tightening the loose neck skin and correcting muscle banding in the neck. Neck lifts are a popular plastic surgery for men.
Gynecomastia is a non-cancerous swelling of the male breast tissue caused by an imbalance of the hormones testosterone and estrogen. This is a common phenomenon and can occur in adolescent boys during puberty. It often disappears within a year or two. If gynecomastia persists, it can be a source of embarrassment. The good news is that gynecomastia can be corrected by the surgery called a male breast reduction. The surgery may be in the form of liposuction (a procedure to remove fat) or a mastectomy (a procedure to remove breast tissue).
Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove fat from a particular part of the body in an attempt to change its shape. The surgery can be performed on the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, waist, upper arms and back. In the United States, liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery. The procedure employs a unique vacuum pump with a hollow tube to suck the fat out from the target area. Liposuction is done to shape individual body parts and is not a substitute for losing weight.
Plastic surgery for men can be done either as a single procedure or combined with another procedure. For example, chin augmentation may be done along with a nose job or a neck lift. If you are thinking of getting plastic surgery to correct a functional problem or to enhance your appearance, contact Dr. Pollock, a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon who can discuss treatment options with you.