In recent years, there has been an upward trend of men undergoing plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures. With this increased demand, plastic surgeons and aesthetic professionals have honed their techniques to produce a youthful, masculine aesthetic for male patients.
Many men are choosing these procedures to keep pace in their professional careers, while others simply want to look as great as they feel. With today’s techniques, it’s possible for men to achieve a rejuvenated appearance without looking unnatural or overcorrected. Below we’re exploring some of the top procedures men are choosing to look their best at every stage of life.
Gynecomastia Surgery (Male Breast Reduction)
Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by enlarged breast tissue in men. This can be caused by a number of reasons. True gynecomastia, which is the enlargement of actual glandular breast tissue, may be caused by certain medications, hormonal imbalances, and other health conditions. Sometimes men have enlarged breasts due to excess fat deposits (called “pseudogynecomastia”). In either case, this condition can cause embarrassment for men in social situations and personal relationships.
Male breast reduction surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures chosen by men every year. This procedure removes excess glandular tissue and/or fat deposits to restore a more masculine chest appearance.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, rhinoplasty was the most popular plastic surgery procedure chosen by men in 2017. This procedure is consistently a popular choice because of its ability to improve overall facial aesthetics.
Male patients typically want to achieve a strong, well-defined profile and reduce cosmetic flaws such as a dorsal hump or drooping nasal tip. But when considering rhinoplasty, some men have concerns about what the final results will look like. In unskilled hands, rhinoplasty can leave men with a too-narrow or scooped-looking nose that conveys a more feminine appearance. Dr. Cangello’s meticulous technique ensures men achieve results that complement a masculine aesthetic and highlight their natural features.
The chin and nose work together to create a balanced profile, so this procedure is frequently combined with a chin implant, allowing men to achieve a stronger-looking, masculine profile. Submental liposuction in the “double chin” area can also enhance the results and better sculpt a defined jawline.
For those who live active lifestyles and are frequently outdoors, exposure to the elements will eventually take a toll on the skin. Sun exposure and aging both contribute to skin laxity around the eyes. Over time, the effects of gravity also cause fat to accumulate under the eyes, leading to puffy “eyebags.” These cosmetic changes can make men look older than they are.
Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that addresses the most bothersome signs of aging around the eyes. This procedure can remove excess or sagging eyelid skin, eliminate puffy eyebags, and restore a more defined eyelid crease. Eyelid surgery alone can have a tremendous effect in terms of facial rejuvenation. Male patients love the fact that they can look naturally refreshed without undergoing facelift surgery.
Even with a healthy diet and regular exercise, some men have trouble eliminating stubborn fat deposits. In men, fat tends to accumulate on the flanks (“love handles”) and under the chin.
Liposuction is a commonly requested procedure from men who are seeking targeted fat removal. With this procedure, Dr. Cangello uses a cannula to suction away fat and sculpt the area for a lean, fit appearance. Once the fat cells are removed, they are permanently gone and do not return. While this procedure won’t prevent future weight gain, in most cases, the body will still be slimmer in areas where liposuction was performed. When paired with a healthy lifestyle, this popular procedure produces long-lasting results.
Injectables such as Botox® and dermal fillers are frequently chosen by men who are seeking facial rejuvenation without the downtime associated with invasive procedures. Botox®, which belongs to a class of drugs known as neurotoxins, works by blocking the nerve signals sent to muscles in the treated area. This does not prevent the formation of facial expression; instead, it forces specific muscles to relax, which smooths away movement-related wrinkles and creases. Botox® is commonly used to treat crow’s feet and furrows between the eyebrows.
Dermal fillers can also give men a younger, well-rested look. Most fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring component of the skin that aids in tissue repair and helps skin cells retain moisture. When injected, fillers replace lost volume and fill in fine lines, wrinkles, and surface depressions. This type of injectable can also replenish volume in areas where the face has hollowed, such as the under eyes and cheeks.
Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing remains one of the most powerful rejuvenation techniques. Male patients love the fact that they can reduce the major signs of aging without undergoing invasive surgery.
Fractional CO2 uses a laser beam that has been separated into smaller beams (“fractionated”). This produces tiny columns of injury on the skin rather than ablating the entire treatment area. As the body’s healing response is triggered, healthy skin is gradually revealed. The surrounding untouched skin aids in healing for a more comfortable recovery.
This treatment is an excellent choice for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing out uneven texture, and restoring an even skin tone in areas of hyperpigmentation. Full recovery usually takes no more than two weeks, and some patients will only need a few days for post-treatment symptoms to resolve depending on the extent of treatment.
To learn more about the best plastic surgery procedures for men, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Cangello.