Plastic surgery continues to grow in popularity. When people think about cosmetic procedures, they often assume they are geared towards women. It isn’t surprising, as the media often portrays women as being concerned about how they look and men are rarely depicted in this way. However, plastic surgery isn’t only limited to women, and many men are just as concerned about their appearance. In fact, men often undergo plastic surgery but just don’t talk about it. According to the 2015 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, men made up of 13 percent of the surgical procedures and eight percent of the minimally invasive treatments performed. More and more men are branching into the plastic surgery market. They are looking in the mirror, not liking what they see, and doing something about it.
What Are Men Most Concerned About?
Men who want to improve their self-image often consider plastic surgery to gain a more masculine appearance and to restore a younger look.
Female-Like Breasts (“Man Boobs”)
If a man has enlarged breasts, it can make him feel less masculine. Some men suffer from excess male breast tissue that causes the appearance of female-like breasts (gynecomastia). There are many reasons a man may develop gynecomastia, such as drug and alcohol use, genetics, hormonal changes, and obesity. Male breast reduction, or gynecomastia surgery, can be performed to remove excess glandular tissue and fat. Dr. Baker will perform one or a combination of the following male breast reduction techniques:
- Liposuction: A cannula is inserted through one or more small incisions and used to suction out unwanted fat from the chest.
- Pull-through technique: A small incision is made around the lower edge of the areola. Through the incision, the excess glandular tissue is removed.
- Excision: Excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin are removed, and the nipple and areola can be repositioned to a more natural position. Excision is often used for patients with severe chest deformities.
Stubborn Excess Belly and Flank Fat
Men with stubborn fat in any area of the body may decide to undergo liposuction. Some men have troublesome areas unresponsive to diet and exercise such as the abdomen, back, and flanks (“spare tire”). In addition to eliminating fat, liposuction can be used to contour the body to provide a more masculine shape. A cannula is inserted through small incisions along the target area(s), and a back-and-forth motion is utilized to loosen up the fat. The fat cells are then suctioned through a tube hooked up to a vacuum device. Incisions are usually discreet and will fade as they heal.
Eyes That Always Look Tired
As a man ages, he may lose skin elasticity and develop weakened tissues that can cause the eyelid skin to sag. Hanging eyelid skin can lead to crow’s feet, excess eyelid tissue, and poor fat distribution. Not only are drooping upper eyelids cosmetically unappealing, but they can also interfere with a person’s vision. Eyelid surgery is commonly performed on men to smooth the tissues in the eyelids to create a refreshed, younger appearance. Dr. Baker can perform upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both.
- Upper eyelid surgery: An incision is made along the natural eyelid crease. Excess skin is trimmed away, and unwanted fat deposits are removed. The remaining skin is repositioned into a more flattering position.
- Lower eyelid surgery: An incision is placed just below the lash line (transcutaneous approach) or on the inside of the lower eyelid (transconjunctival approach). Fat is removed and repositioned beneath the lower eyelid.
If you want a younger, more masculine appearance, schedule your consultation with Dr. Baker today! He can evaluate your face and body to help you decide on the right procedure for you. Contact us by calling (305) 859-4729 or by filling out our online contact form.