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Men and aesthetic surgery
Plastic surgery for men has become increasingly popular over the years. Our society places a high value on looking young and fit. Today, men of all ages and all walks of life are requesting plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons. Men's goals may include a more balanced nose, a rejuvenated face and a trimmer waistline. The procedures used to achieve these goals must take into consideration factors such as skin thickness, beard growth or body type.
Liposuction and body contouring
The ideal male body shape is considered to be trim and athletic-looking, with broad shoulders and chest, a flat abdomen and a narrow hip-thigh area. However, as men age, areas of fat tend to accumulate around the abdomen, the flanks ("love handles"), the breast area (a condition called gynecomastia) and along the chin and neck. Men sometimes seek liposuction to remove these fatty areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. In many cases, liposuction alone can effectively correct these problem areas. Men retain their skin elasticity longer than women do, and the areas of fat beneath the skin tend to be firmer and more vascular than those in women. Because of these and other factors, liposuction in men is usually very effective.
A full abdominoplasty (or "tummy tuck") may be chosen by men who have hanging abdominal skin (usually the result of massive weight loss), loose abdominal muscles and/or neglected hernias. It is a major surgical procedure that removes excess fat, tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and trims the waistline. Men who have a full abdominoplasty are often surprised at the long recovery period. Some patients aren't able to return to work up to 4 weeks after surgery. Men with good skin elasticity who have only a moderate amount of excess abdominal fat may benefit from liposuction alone.
If you are planning a face lift or neck surgery, your doctor will evaluate your entire head-face-neck region. Is the hairline receding? How full are the sideburns? Does the beard-growing skin extend up the cheeks or down the neck? Are there facial scars? Is the skin sun-damaged? Is the neck skin loose or drooping? In general, it's known that male facial skin has a richer blood supply than female facial skin. Male faces bleed more during surgery and are at greater risk for forming a temporary collection or pooling of blood under the skin, called a hematoma, after surgery. Also, any scarring that may result from surgery may be more difficult for men to hide, since they don't wear makeup or style their hair toward their faces, as many women do. Hair growth and beard growth may play a major role in the outcome of a facelift.
Cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery, nose surgery and facial implant surgery are performed essentially the same way for men and women. However, it's important to let your surgeon know if you are seeking a more masculine look to your facial features – a chin with better projection, more prominent cheekbones, a stronger nose.
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