In recent years, plastic surgery for men has become more accepted and more popular among male patients. There are a variety of procedures that can enhance a man’s appearance, from rhinoplasty to facial liposuction. Men may seek cosmetic surgery to improve imperfections that have long bothered them or to address aging concerns that have developed over time. For other men, cosmetic surgery is a way to gain an edge and stay ahead in a competitive job market. The goals for surgery are often similar in men as in women; however, many men are more concerned with achieving a very natural, undetectable result.
What Are Common Surgical Procedures Among Men?
Some of the more common procedures requested by men include rhinoplasty, chin and cheek augmentation, neck liposuction, neck lift, and facelift. It is not uncommon during an active youth for nasal injuries to occur. This may result in nasal deformity, either with a deformed or deviated nasal bridge or a bump on the nose. These deformities can be corrected with a rhinoplasty. It’s important when performing rhinoplasty on men to avoid creating an overly short or feminine appearance.
Strong facial features in men are found desirable. For this reason, augmentation of the cheeks or, more commonly, the chin can provide a stronger, more defined facial framework. In particular, chin implants can help to improve a small or receding chin. If the neck is heavy, which is a common complaint among men, liposuction can be performed. This can be combined with soft tissue elevation of the neck or a facelift when deemed appropriate.
As in women, men’s skin ages over time. Soft tissue refinement surgery has become much more popular amongst men in recent years. This can include eyelid surgery to eliminate the tired appearance than can occur with time, as well as forehead lift to elevate the brows to a more attractive position for a refreshed look. It is important not to overdo these surgeries as is seen with some celebrities who may look peculiar after cosmetic surgery.
Who is a Candidate for Male Plastic Surgery?
When considering surgery for any patient, male or female, the surgeon must first determine whether or not the patient qualifies as a candidate. First and foremost, it’s important to determine whether or not the patient is in good health and able to physically undergo surgery. The presence of some medical conditions may contraindicate surgery. It’s also essential that patients have realistic expectations.
What is Involved in Male Plastic Surgery?
Dr. Hilger performs all plastic surgery procedures at the Centennial Lakes Surgery Center in Minneapolis, MN. Surgery times will vary but generally run from one to three hours. Sedation or general anesthesia may be used. When it comes to facial procedures for men, it’s particularly important that the incision lines be well hidden. Most men wear their hair shorter than women and cannot conceal the incisions and resulting scars as easily. For this reason, well-placed, well-camouflaged scars are essential when it comes to male plastic surgery.
What is the Recovery Like After Male Plastic Surgery?
Recovery following plastic surgery will depend on the particular procedure and will vary from patient to patient. In general, normal exercise can be resumed after seven to ten days. Contact sports will need to be postponed for a period of time, typically four to six week.
Like all aesthetic surgery, the goal of male plastic surgery is to provide facial enhancement and a refreshed look and not to have a drawn face or obvious result that looks like the patient has had extensive plastic surgery.