Even though plastic surgery is often viewed as being a medical field dominated by female patients, male plastic surgery is quite popular across the country. The type of plastic surgery procedures requested by men varies and specific information about male plastic surgery procedures will be covered in the next section. This article takes a look at some of the procedures requested by male patients along with some of the items male patients should know before having a plastic surgery procedure. Our deep dive into this topic starts with an examination of male plastic surgery from Cosmetic Town TV:
In 2020, the Aesthetic Society reported the top plastic surgery procedures requested by male patients. The list of procedures included:
One of the reasons men want male breast reduction is to address the medical condition known as gynecomastia AKA male breast enlargement. The growth of extra breast tissue in males usually happens due to a hormonal imbalance in the levels of testosterone and estrogen. A combination of embarrassment about the appearance of the enlarged breasts and a desire for an improved body image are driving factors in men wanting to undergo male breast reduction surgery.
The decision to have liposuction or a tummy tuck can also be seen as being driven by a desire for a better self-image thanks to the removal of stubborn fat from the body (liposuction) and the removal of excess fat and skin as well as tightened abdominal muscles for a flatter and firmer stomach (tummy tuck).
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can be performed for both aesthetic and functional reasons. The surgery treats issues with the muscle or skin located below the eye and it also removes excess skin that is located in the upper eyes. The removal of the sagging and excess skin from the upper eyes will improve the vision of the patient. The area below the eyes can see the formation of “bags” and blepharoplasty repositions these “bags” so they are in a position where the patient does not look as tired as they have in the past.
The size, shape, and look of the nose can be an issue of great anxiety for a patient. Rhinoplasty, AKA a nose job, is able to change or alter the appearance of the nose along with its shape and size. The surgery makes changes to the skin, bone, or cartilage of the nose to give it a more balanced look with the rest of the facial features. In addition, rhinoplasty can make functional improvements to the nose, so the patient has an improved ability to breathe on a regular basis.
The phrase, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is true in that what one person finds beautiful might not appeal to another person. The ability to like their appearance and have an improved self-image can make a person feel more attractive after plastic surgery. With an increase in self-confidence after having plastic surgery, male patients will usually enjoy an outlook on life that is more positive and hopeful. The aesthetic changes to the body might not be specifically performed to increase the “attractive factor” of the patient but they can help a person feel more desirable to others.
One aspect of male plastic surgery that patients need to remember is that there are possible complications that are present with many of the treatment options. Some of these common plastic surgery complications include swelling, bruising, infection, scarring, numbness, and a dissatisfaction with the final results.
If a person needs to have anesthesia as part of the surgical process, the risks that are included with anesthesia include an abnormal heart rhythm, a spike in blood pressure, and an adverse reaction to the anesthesia.
Three is also a risk of not performing enough research into the medical training and background of the doctor chosen to perform the procedure. An untrained and unlicensed medical provider is a danger to the patient and the results could be so far off from what was expected that the patient might need to find another doctor who is able to perform revision surgery to correct the initial results.
Besides finding a plastic surgeon who has the necessary skills, experience, and background in the plastic surgery procedure of choice, the patient should have realistic expectations about the final results that will be gained from the surgery. During the consultation appointment with the doctor, the patient needs to ask questions and voice any concerns about the surgery, so they understand the pros and cons of the treatment. The doctor will also have to make sure the male patient is healthy enough to have the surgery and that they are an ideal candidate for the procedure they have in mind.