What are the most common cosmetic surgery procedures for men?
In any plastic surgery practice approximately 10% of the patients will be male and Dr Hunt’s practice follows that trend. The three most frequently performed procedures in men are:
- Eyelid reduction
Other common cosmetic procedures for men include gynaecomastia or chest contouring surgery as well as body contouring surgery after significant weight loss, such as a lower body lift or tummy tuck. Less common procedures include facial rejuvenation such as face lifts and neck lifts, however these are becoming increasingly popular.
Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes disproportionate areas of fat to create a more balanced body contour. In male patients the most common areas of treatment will be the abdomen as well as the love handles and lower back. However areas such as the neck and under the chin are also frequently treated.
The signs of ageing around the eyes can create the appearance of tiredness and many men seek treatment to this area to create a more rejuvenated appearance.
Laxity of skin in the upper eyelids can also obstruct your visual field and an upper eyelid reduction can be performed to relieve the obstructed vision.
Men often seek nose surgery in two circumstances. Firstly, when there has been trauma to the nose due to sporting activities. The nose may be deviated with an obstruction to breathing and many men will seek to correct this post-traumatic deformity.
Secondly, many men will seek correction to their nose for aesthetic reasons such as a large dorsal hump or a particularly long nose that has long caused them concern.
With ageing, there is a tendency for the nose to increase in length creating a dipping or plunging tip and quite often men seek correction of this anomaly in later life.
Dr Hunt’s Philosophy on Male Cosmetic Surgery
It is imperative that male patients are approached and treated in a different way to female patients.
The results of male cosmetic surgery need to maintain masculinity and the possibility of feminising a man’s face needs to be avoided, unless this something they are specifically trying to achieve.
In the majority of male plastic surgery cases a more subtle outcome is desired. Many male patients do not want to be noticed by friends and colleagues as having had surgical procedures such as a rhinoplasty or a face lift.
Other Frequently Performed Procedures for Men
It is not uncommon during puberty for hormone changes to result in excess glandular tissue. The difficulty is at the end of puberty this excess glandular tissue can remain and creates a feminine appearance to the chest – the dreaded man boobs.
Quite often, the simple act of going to the beach will be uncomfortable for men who have excess breast tissue and, in more significant cases, the contour of the chest can be visible even under a shirt.
Gynaecomastia surgery is often combined with liposuction to create a more masculine contour of the chest.
Post Weight Loss Surgery
After significant weight loss men may be troubled by excess tissue and sagging skin. The areas most commonly addressed to correct these issues will be the abdomen with a tummy tuck and for men who have lost a significant amount of weight a lower body lift may be considered.