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Cosmetic Surgery for men
The Cosmetic surgery procedures for men are more or less same as those for women, in most other cases the cosmetic surgery for men is a modification of standard cosmetic operations performed.
However, because the structure of a man's body is different as compared to women, there are many technical differences which a plastic surgeon encounters when performing male cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery for men may have a greater risk due to the fact that the skin in men is thicker and has a better blood supply as compared to a woman.
More bleeding is also associated with a risk of forming a temporary collection or pooling of blood under the skin, called a hematoma, after a male cosmetic surgery is performed.
Unpredictable Increase in male cosmetic surgery
The last 3-4 years have seen an unpredictable increase in the number of cosmetic surgery procedures for men. Today, men of all ages and all walks of life are coming forward for surgery for various cosmetic reasons. Generally, a male cosmetic surgery is performed with goals that include a more balanced nose, a rejuvenated face, and a trimmer waistline. Nose shaping, eye lid surgery and liposuction are the cosmetic surgeries for men which have been very popular lately. There has also been an increase in the non invasive male cosmetic surgeries like the microdermabrasion, botox injections and laser hair removal.
Planning cosmetic surgery for a man
The preparation and planning of cosmetic surgery for a man starts with the proper evaluation of his health. The selection of the surgical techniques most appropriate for a man is decided during the initial consultation with the plastic surgeon. The type of anesthesia to be used, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, the possible risks, and the plastic surgery costs are the other issues which should be discussed.
Extensive information about the procedures available for the cosmetic surgery for a man is provided during the consultation. The plastic surgeon will discuss a number of issues that may influence the cosmetic surgery decision and the procedure.
Cosmetic surgery for men – Face lift
The main planning for male cosmetic surgery involving a face and neck lift requires an evaluation of the entire head-face-neck region of the man. Is his hairline receding? How full are his sideburns? How far is his beard-growing skin extending? Are there facial scars? What is his skin type – tight, loose or drooping? The answers to these questions will help determine the surgical approach that the surgeon will use.
Any scarring that may result from cosmetic surgery for men may be more difficult for them to hide, since they don't wear make-up 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 facelift cosmetic surgery for men. If the man is balding or has thinning hair, more surgical artistry may be required to hide the facelift incisions, especially in the temple area.
If the hair-bearing skin of the upper neck is pulled behind the ears during the face lift cosmetic surgery for men, they are required to shave behind the ears and/or also on the back of the neck. Though, this problem associated with the cosmetic surgery for men can be solved with electrolysis, it is better to discuss these possibilities with the surgeon.
Cosmetic surgery for men – neck
A fatty or "jowly" area beneath the chin is also a concern for many men. In younger patients, liposuction alone may be sufficient to correct the problem. In older patients this cosmetic surgery for men may require a full facelift and necklift. Here the cosmetic surgery procedure requires removal of excess skin and tightening the platysma muscles (the muscles running down the each side of the neck). Though the procedure involved in this cosmetic surgery for men is little different than for women, it does pose a greater challenge for the plastic surgeon.
Cosmetic surgery for men – facial features
The procedures in cosmetic surgery for men opting for eyelid surgery, nose surgery, and facial-implant surgery are performed essentially in the same way as for women. However, it's important here that the plastic surgeon can help the men to have a more masculine look -- a chin with better projection, more prominent cheekbones, or a stronger nose.
Liposuction/body contouring cosmetic surgery for men
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). Cosmetic surgery for men in these cases uses 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.
Men who have some loose, hanging skin as well as areas of excess fat may opt for a traditional excision procedure (surgical skin removal) in addition to liposuction. An excision may also be performed on gynecomastia patients whose breast enlargement is made up of mostly glandular tissue, rather than fat.
Tummy Tuck Cosmetic surgery for men
A full abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" is a good cosmetic surgery procedure for 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 with good skin elasticity who have only a moderate amount of excess abdominal fat may benefit from liposuction alone.
Muscle enhancement Cosmetic surgery for men
In recent years, plastic surgeons have developed innovative ways of improving muscle contour with cosmetic implants and "sculpting" techniques.
Calf implants, a cosmetic surgery for men which were originally developed to restore leg contour in accident or polio victims, is now used for giving cosmetic fullness in the lower leg.
A small number of doctors have begun offering their male patients abdominal etching, a new liposuction technique that creates a muscular, rippled appearance in the abdominal area.
The procedures for muscle enhancement cosmetic surgery for men are relatively new and you should take care to choose the best plastic surgeon for the surgery.
Deramabrasion and dermaplanting botox injections, laser hair removal and Contour Threads™ anti aging surgeries are also amongst the most recent and more popular options of male cosmetic surgeries.