Men are becoming more and more interested in cosmetic plastic surgery. They present with many of the same concerns that women have. They, too, want to reduce the signs of aging, to remove stubborn areas of fatty deposits from their bodies, and to have physical features that are both natural and aesthetically pleasing.
Aesthetic plastic surgery for men
The key difference between aesthetic plastic surgery for men and aesthetic plastic surgery for women is that men wish to maintain facial and body features that identify them as male and masculine.
Facial rejuvenation surgery
In facial rejuvenation surgery there are major differences in the approach taken for men. The male brow should be lower than the female brow. When performing brow-lift surgery, the male brow is kept low along the brow bone to avoid feminizing the male face.
In rhinoplasty, the masculine nose should have a straight or slightly convex bridge contour, never concave or sloped. The nasal tip, likewise, should never be excessively angled upward for men. The lips and cheeks can be made youthfully full, but never excessively so. In body contouring, a straight contour of the waist, hips, and outer thighs are consistent with the masculine form. An hourglass curvy shape, in contrast, is consistent with femininity.
Liposuction surgery is the common surgical approach to achieving more ideal body shapes for men and well as for women. Abdominoplasty surgery, however, is more common among women, especially women who have gone through a term pregnancy. Men may be good candidates for abdominoplasty surgery if they have experienced significant skin laxity of the abdomen following massive weight loss. A unique operation for men is the correction of enlarged male breasts, or gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia (male breast reduction)
The goal for gynecomastia correction is to achieve a relatively flat contour of the breasts with small nipple-areolas that are typically located low and laterally on the male breasts. A growing number of men are seeking aesthetic plastic surgery for many of the same reasons that women seek it. Just as men are built significantly different from women, so should plastic surgery for men be approached differently so as to maintain a man’s male features and masculine identity.