What’s the first thing you think of when you hear “plastic surgery”? Is it someone like Pamela Anderson, or maybe Dolly Parton… even the Kardashian crew? No matter whom you picture, it’s likely to be a woman. However, in recent years, the number of men seeking plastic surgery procedures has skyrocketed. In fact, in the last twenty years, the number of cosmetic procedures performed among men has grown by 325%! From something as simple as nose reshaping to full facelifts, to spending thousands of dollars trying to look like David Beckham (or Jesus!), men are beginning to invest in plastic surgery almost as often as women do.
So what exactly are they having done? Actually, many of the same procedures that women do!
Facelifts for Men
If you watch TV or movies, you’ve already seen this in action, even though, for the most part, Hollywood’s leading men are still reluctant to admit it. But it’s not just A-listers who are attempting to hold back the hands of time! Many men are looking for ways to shave off a few years in a way that it isn’t obvious they’ve had any work done. Modern facelifts make that easy by restoring fat to its youthful location and carefully tightening the skin, instead of merely tightening the skin overall. This modern approach avoids that telltale pulled-back look to the facelifts of the past.
Eyelid Rejuvenation for Men
Otherwise known as an eyelid lift, this procedure addresses the signs of aging around the eyes, something that can occur in some of us as early as our mid-thirties! Men especially seem to suffer from sagging upper eyelids and puffy bags beneath the eyes. In some cases, this can actually cause vision impairment. This procedure can correct that look, in addition to giving the patient a more youthful appearance by removing the excess skin, tightening the tendons, trimming or smoothing fat, and subtle fat grafts.
Liposuction for Men
Although just about any area of the body can be suctioned, the three most common areas for men are the neck, abdomen, and love handles. This is a great option for guys who are watching their weight and exercising regularly, but still struggling with stubborn areas of excess fat. Many men feel that liposuction helps them achieve the lean, athletic look they desire. Since the fat removed does not redistribute to other areas of the body, it’s a look that lasts!
Breast Reduction for Men
Men might seem like unlikely candidates for breast reductions, but they are seeking it out in surprising numbers. In 2015, this procedure was the fourth most popular among cosmetic surgeries for men. In fact, men accounted for 40% of all breast reductions performed last year! It’s easy to write off “man boobs”, but there are real physical causes and real-life repercussions that go along with them. A sensitivity to or overabundance of female hormones can cause actual excessive breast tissue, while things like natural obesity and bodybuilding can enlarge the breast tissue. There are also men who have lost a large amount of weight and are left with extra hanging skin. Most of the males who seek out this surgery are younger and suffering from the challenges associated with enlarged breasts. In many cases, male breast reduction can make a big difference in the lives of those who choose it!
Clearly plastic surgery is becoming more common and accepted for men, helping to boost their self confidence and turn back the clock. People today are living longer and staying healthier, and they want to look as good as they’re feeling. That holds true for men just as much as women.
But how do you shift from considering a procedure to actually booking it? It’s extremely important that you find a board-certified plastic surgeon. This is a provider who has had at least three years of surgical training prior to two or three years devoted exclusively to plastic surgery, rather than a more general practitioner who just happens to do plastic surgery as well. If you want results that look natural but keep you recognizable, be prepared to invest in a skilled surgeon.
Here at Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis, all of our providers are highly trained and extremely dedicated to their craft and to their patients. We offer all of the procedures mentioned above, along with many more, and would be happy to talk with you about the look you’d love to achieve and how we can make that happen! Call us today to schedule a consultation, or fill out our contact form here. We look forward to meeting with you soon!