While plastic surgery used to be requested primarily by women, it is becoming more and more common for men to seek out treatments to enhance their appearance. Men have many of the same concerns as women when it comes to fighting the signs of aging and looking more fit, though men are concerned with ensuring they don’t look over-treated and are typically hesitant to pursue extensive, invasive procedures. Here are the most popular male plastic surgery treatments offered at the Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville.
Men also experience facial sagging, hollowing, and other signs of facial aging and want to reclaim a more youthful appearance through surgery. Facelifts usually include the removal of excess fat and loose skin, paired with tightening of the underlying muscle to create a smoother, tissue. In some cases, a facelift will be paired with fat grafting, a procedure that involves taking fat from an area of the body and injecting it to provide volume and fullness. For some patients, a short scar facelift technique can be used to conceal the incision line. This is especially popular for men as they tend to have shorter hair that does not hide scars very well.
While many women seek cosmetic surgery to enhance the size of their breasts, our male patients come to us seeking to do the opposite. Often, men develop excess breast tissue that cannot be removed through diet and exercise alone but can be reduced through gynecomastia surgery. The causes of this appearance of breasts on men include excess body fat, medications (often the use of steroids), and hormonal disorders. Gynecomastia surgery is performed by using ultrasound-assisted liposuction to liquefy and extract the extra fatty tissue. The procedure takes about an hour to complete on an outpatient basis, and men are left with a flat, masculine-looking chest they can feel confident about.
Botox® is hands down the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the world, and it’s subtle, rejuvenating results make it clear why it remains number one. In our Nashville practice, we have seen an uptick of men deciding to enjoy the benefits of this injectable. Through Botox® injections, men can enjoy the temporary removal of crow’s feet, dynamic lines, and facial wrinkles without looking overdone or frozen. Best of all, the lack of recovery time makes this treatment quick and discrete.
Difficult-to-lose areas of fat are common as we age. Men often experience stubborn fat around their abdomens, chest, or their love handles (waist and hips). If you have dieted and exercised without achieving desired results, liposuction can be a useful alternative. Liposuction, which is the removal of stubborn fat deposits, is performed with the use of a hollow, thin tube called a cannula. This cannula is assisted by a powerful vacuum that extracts fat from problem areas.
It’s important to note that even though incisions are small, and the cannula is thin, liposuction is still invasive surgery. It can be performed under general anesthesia, local anesthesia, or with IV sedation to ensure your comfort. Those who have liposuction can expect bruising, swelling at the treatment site, but will feel more sculpted in the areas where fat was removed. These results are further refined as swelling subsides. While the effects of liposuction are typically long-lasting, patients are always cautioned to adopt healthy habits, if necessary, to avoid the expansion of existing fat cells.
While plastic surgery is targeted and heavily marketed toward women, plenty of men have undergone surgical or non-surgical aesthetic treatment to enhance their appearances. If you are interested in learning more, contact Dr. Haws and Dr. Gingrass at the Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville.