More Men Turning to Plastic Surgery

The latest statistics show that more men are having plastic surgery, with some surgical procedures showing significant increases. Facelifts for men, for instance, were up 14 percent in 2010 compared to 2009. Since 1997, the number of men getting cosmetic procedures has increased 88 percent.

Special Considerations for Men

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the top surgical procedures for men in 2010 were nose surgery, eyelid surgery, liposuction, breast reduction and hair transplantation.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Genter has had many male patients over the past two decades, from teenagers to security contractors in Iraq. He pointed out that there are some special considerations with men and plastic surgery.

  • Because men donâ??t wear makeup, their incisions are harder to hide.
  • They usually have less hair or no hair at all to camouflage scars.
  • For facelifts, sideburns have to be kept in place.
  • Because men sometimes go shirtless, liposuction incisions on the body have to be small.

Men are also seeking non-surgical procedures too. Former model Sean Jones said that running kept his body in shape but affected his face. “If you lose weight, it goes from your face, too,” he said. “And I started having those little wrinkles.”

His modeling agency told him to freshen up his look, so he got Botox injections to smooth wrinkles and a filler to plump up his cheeks and under-eye area. According to ASPS, Botox was the top non-surgical procedure for men in 2010.

Despite plastic surgery for men becoming more common, surgeons have noticed that men tend to keep their procedures to themselves. Jones’s surgeon, Dr. Marlene Mash, said, “We have people whose spouses don’t even know they’re having anything done.”

Dads Desire Makeovers Too

Blond manYou may have heard of the â??mommy makeover phenomenonâ??where new moms get several cosmetic proceduresâ??typically a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and/or breast liftâ??to help return their bodies to their pre-pregnancy shape.

And while women make up the majority of plastic surgery patients, men see the benefits as well. According to 2009 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), men received 13 percent of all cosmetic surgical procedures and 9 percent of all cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures performed last year in the United States.

Dad Bill Neville, 52, recently shared his plastic surgery story with reporter Elise Morgan of WHNT NEWS 19 in Huntsville, Alabama. Neville has a four-year-old son and began to worry about how old he looked. “He’s going to start t-ball, swimming, and I don’t want to be out there with the rest of the dads and have them looking at me like, ‘Hey! Grandpa is out here to watch his grandson!'” he said.

Neville realized he could change some things with diet and exercise but decided to get plastic surgery as well. “Just rolling back the clock a bit on this turkey gobbler and possibly getting the skin off my eyelids would be great,” he said before he had surgery.

Neville’s surgeries included his eyelid, a facelift, a neck lift, laser resurfacing of his skin, and injections to fill in wrinkles. “I was hoping not to look real “plasticky” and stretched, and I don’t think I do,” said Neville. “I think it looks real natural and everyone I’ve talked to thinks it looks great.”

Wondering what the most common procedures men ask for? ASPS statistics show that the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures for men last year were:

  1. Rhinoplasty (surgical) / Botox (minimally-invasive)
  2. Eyelid surgery / Microdermabrasion
  3. Liposuction / Laser hair removal
  4. Breast reduction / Chemical Peel
  5. Hair transplantation / Wrinkle fillers

The full story and a video of Bill Neville is on the WHNT News website: Plastic Surgery for Men Isn’t Taboo.

Related story: A guy could get used to this no-lines life – A male Los Angeles Times reporter writes about his experience getting Botox treatment.

A Few Facts About Gynecomastia and Male Breast Reduction

The public perception of male breasts seems to have changed; what was once a rarely spoken of condition is now approaching the level of pop culture phenomenon.

Finlo Rohrer of BBC news speculates that the media – especially the tabloid scrutinization of celebrities – has popularized the concept of ‘man boobs.’ Tony Blair and UK conservative party leader, David Cameron, were pictured shirtless during the summer of 2006, which led several media outlets to “comment on their moobs.”

The weblog, which according to one reader, has “plumbed the depths of poor taste,” pokes fun at the concept, but further popularizes it. American television sitcoms like Seinfeld and Friends have done the same. According to Rorher of the BBC, this popularity could lead to “more men making their way through the surgeon’s doors.”

So what is the deal with male breasts? Here are a few things you might not know:

  • Gynecomastia that forms breast tissue in males, is a relatively common condition that is often mistaken for simple excess fat. It can affect newborns, pubescent boys, and adults. While it isn’t serious (unless it is a sign of something else), it can be painful and embarrasing.
  • While obesity often causes excess breast tissue, real gynecomastia is caused by a hormone imbalance. In either case, surgery can alleviate the symptoms.
  • Medications, or illegal drugs like marijuana and anabolic steroids can cause gynecomastia. Particular drugs that are used during treatment for prostate cancer are to blame.
  • Gynecomastia can also be caused by genetic conditions like Klinefelter’s Syndrome.
  • Surgery isn’t the only option: in cases of pubertal gynecomastia, the condition will often disappear over time or when puberty is over. Other cases have shown improvement without any interventions; one case published in the June 2008 issue of Endocrine Practices documented a rare case of bilateral gynecomastia in a 60 year old man. The patient’s examination results were normal, but he reported a daily intake of 3 qts soy milk. Once the patient ceased his intake of soy milk, his condition improved and his hormone imbalance was resolved.

For many patients, surgery is the right choice. It can restore the proper masculine appearance that people expect. If you are interested in learning more about male breast reduction, contact us for a consultation.

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