It’s not just women who use plastic surgery to make adjustments and improve their appearance.
With male patients now accounting for 13 percent of all cosmetic surgical procedures, it’s clear that plastic surgery for men is on the rise.
And, as studies show attractive men are more successful, it’s no wonder that more men are starting to embrace the advantages that plastic surgery offers.
But what are men opting for when they go under the knife? Here we reveal the top six plastic surgery procedures for men:
Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular procedures when it comes to plastic surgery for men. Known colloquially as a ‘nose job’, rhinoplasty aims to restore balance to the facial features by reshaping the nose.
Some men, such as actor Tom Cruise, undergo rhinoplasty to improve the natural shape of their nose. Other men seek out surgery to correct a broken nose as the result of an accident or a sports-related injury.
In addition, some patients may undergo a combined rhinoplasty and septoplasty operation. This corrects structural defects in the nose that impair breathing, such as a deviated septum.
Although rhinoplasty is a quick operation, some patients experience bruising and redness for up to 10 days afterward. But, since the surgeon performs the rhinoplasty inside the nose, there are no visible scars following the surgery.
Liposuction is common plastic surgery for men who want to avoid the ‘dad bods‘ sported by celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris Pratt.
The procedure, which is also known as lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, involves removing excess fat from various areas of the body, including the buttocks, hips, upper arms, and chin.
Men, however, mainly tend to request liposuction on their flanks and abdomen. For younger men, in particular, liposuction around the abdomen is effective and pinpoints the areas they’re having the most trouble improving through diet and exercise.
Liposuction has had several new refinements over the last decade. New techniques include ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL), power liposuction and the tumescent technique. These new methods allow plastic surgeons to provide their patients with more precise results as well as quicker recovery times.
Another procedure that’s high on the list when it comes to plastic surgery for men is the hair transplant.
With two-thirds of men experiencing hair loss before the age of 35, hair transplant surgery is a popular option for those seeking clinically proven, long-term results.
And, although hair transplant surgery is pricey, as many formerly-balding celebrities, such as Sean Penn and Matthew McConaughey would testify, it’s the only option with guaranteed success.
There are two techniques used for hair transplant surgery – Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). For the FUE method, surgeons transplant individual hairs from donor areas (such as the back or chest) to the balding area.
By comparison, the FUT method involves transplanting entire strips of hair to move thousands of follicular units at once.
Most surgeons recommend the FUE method as it results in less scarring and downtime than the FUT method. However, the FUT method is the faster and more affordable option of the two, and produces more natural-looking results.
Otoplasty is used to improve the position, shape or size of the ears. But the most common otoplasty procedure is ear-pinning, to correct protruding ears.
Cosmetic ear surgery is a popular procedure for men as they generally have short hair, which exposes the ears more.
During ear pinning, the plastic surgeon makes an incision behind the ear to expose the cartilage causing it to stick out. This cartilage is then reshaped or removed to position the ear closer to the side of the head.
The surgery usually takes under two hours and results are good, with any minimal scarring hidden at the backs of the ears.
Gynecomastia is a hormonal condition which causes the growth of male breasts and is said to affect up to 60 percent of men.
These male breasts, known colloquially as ‘man boobs’ or ‘moobs’, develop due to a hormonal imbalance. This imbalance may occur as a result of prescription medications, puberty, or other factors.
Since weight gain is not the cause of this excess breast tissue, no amount of exercise or dieting will reduce male breast size. The only way to address the situation is through breast reduction surgery.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 28,000 men underwent gynecomastia surgery in 2016, making it by far the most common non-facial plastic surgery for men.
Blepharoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure for men, especially those approaching middle age. The procedure helps remove droopy eyelids and gets rid of excess skin around the eye area.
Eyelid surgery also helps reduces bags and tightens up the eye area. This results in fewer lines and crow’s feet, and creates an overall brightening effect which helps men look younger.
To perform this procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions in the natural folds of the eyelids. He or she then removes the excess skin and any fatty tissue that are causing the appearance of hooded eyes or eye bags.
Scarring is relatively minimal, making this type of plastic surgery more attractive for those who want to improve on their appearance and leave little evidence behind of the work they’ve had done.
From this list of the most common plastic surgery procedures for men, it’s clear that going under the knife is no longer just for women.
With men becoming more concerned about their appearance, plastic surgery is an option which provides fast and effective results when it comes to slowing down the aging process, improving facial features, and correcting medical issues.
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