Men and plastic surgery
Cosmetic surgery for men
What used to be the sole domain of women has now become gender inclusive, because now men are embracing plastic surgery as much as women. Everyone wants to look and feel younger, and are using cosmetic surgery to achieve that goal.
Men of all ages and all demographics are looking for a more balanced nose, a trimmer waist and abdomen and a rejuvenated appearance. Depending on body type, skin type and beard growth, different procedures can be employed.
What procedures are available for men?
But as men get older, fat deposits accumulate around the abdomen, chin and neck. They develop love handles, or enlarged breasts (gynecomastia) as well as other problem areas that diet and exercise can’t remove. Liposuction is often used to treat these areas.
Because men keep their skin elasticity longer than women, and they are more muscular, liposuction can often solve many problem areas.
If you’ve lost a large amount of weight, you may require excision surgery in addition to liposuction to remove loose, hanging skin. If you have large breasts (gynecomastia) then excision surgery is also required.
Mena are also seeking “tummy tucks,” or abdominoplasty, to remove loose, hanging skin and tighten abdominal muscles. A traditional abdominoplasty procedure is involved and requires a long recovery time – sometimes up to 4 weeks before being able to return to work.
Newer procedures like pectoral implants are also being performed. And buttock augmentation procedures are not only for women – men are now having them done as well.
Many different types of facial procedures are also being performed on men, from facelifts to eyelid surgery to chin reduction or augmentation to nose surgery (rhinoplasty) to facial implants. Brow lifts and other surgeries are also being done for men who want to look younger and have a more proportioned face.
Are you a candidate for male cosmetic surgery?
As with most elective cosmetic procedures, there are several basic criteria that determine if you’re a good candidate for male cosmetic surgery. They include:
- You enjoy relatively good health without any medical conditions that could jeopardize your healing or present surgical risks
- You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you
Depending on the procedure you’re considering, additional criteria apply. For example, if you’re considering liposuction, these criteria include:
- You have excessive fat deposits that won’t respond to diet or exercise
- You’re within 30% of your ideal weight
- You have good muscle tone and firm skin with good elasticity
Facial cosmetic surgeries have their own criteria, as do abdomen reductions and other surgical procedures. Dr. Jimerson will review the procedure you’re interested in with you and provide the specific requirements for each.
Meeting with Dr. Jimerson
Prior to surgery you will have a consultation with Dr. Jimerson. This is an important appointment, as it will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the procedure you’re interested in and what you can expect from the surgery.
He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos are usually taken, both before and after the surgery.
You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.
Questions to ask Dr. Jimerson
During your appointment, it’s good to ask Dr. Jimerson questions about your surgery.
Here are some questions to consider:
– What surgical technique is recommended?
– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?
– What risks are associated with my surgery?
– What type of complications can happen?
– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?
– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?
Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.
While the same cosmetic surgical procedures that are available to women are also available to men, there are specific considerations that must be taken into account.
Do you have a receding hairline? Are you bald or have thinning hair? Do you have scars or loose skin on your neck? These questions are important, because if you’re having a facelift or other facial procedures, it may be harder to hide the surgical scars. Another issue is that men don’t wear makeup, which helps to hide surgical scars.
One problem for men is that they have a richer blood supply in the facial skin, which can bleed more during surgery. This puts men at risk for a temporary pooling of blood under the skin called a hematoma.
For men who have fatty areas beneath the chin, even younger men, liposuction may solve the problem by itself. Other men may require a traditional facelift and necklift.
If you’re considering a skin “refinishing” procedure, like demabrasion or a chemical peel, you won’t be able to shave for about 3 weeks following the treatment. Your face will remain swollen and bright pink for several weeks.
Facial procedures like eyelid, nose or facial implant surgery are done the same way for men as they are for women. But you should discuss with Dr. Jimerson if you’re looking to have a more masculine look, like a stronger nose, or more prominent cheekbones or chin.
For men looking to have hair replacement surgery, be aware that it can be a long process requiring multiple operations – along with long recovery periods. A full hair transplant can take up to 2 years or more. You should also know that the transplant donor sites will be visible to others, so you may want to discuss hair transplant options like flap surgery or scalp reduction surgery.
Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.
Rest, taking time off from work and following Dr. Jimerson’s instructions following your surgery are critical to a good recovery. You may need to wear bandages or tight compression garments depending on the type of procedure you have. Plus, you’ll need to stay out of the sun, and avoid strenuous activity and exercise.
Men often tend to ignore pain or ask for help. Don’t let pain get the best of you or you’ll have a difficult recovery period. Dr. Jimerson will prescribe medication to control your discomfort following surgery. And having someone to help you for the first week following your surgery will allow you to get the rest you need to have a speedy recovery.
Why use Dr. Jimerson and the Advanced Plastic Surgery Solutions team?
Dr. Jimerson and his team have years of extensive training and experience in all areas of cosmetic surgery, liposuction and fat grafting. He has pioneered face and body sculpting techniques that bring patients exceptional, long-lasting results.
The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.
Schedule your appointment
The best way to determine if male cosmetic surgery is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment click here.