Men make up an increasingly larger percentage of all cosmetic surgery patients. Successful businessmen, tradesmen, college students, and others are pursuing cosmetic enhancement in record numbers.
Men’s increased awareness that plastic surgery provides benefits that cannot be achieved by diet and exercise alone have led to an upsurge in male treatments.
Most men request are body contouring treatments that focus on the patient’s trunk, abdominal wall, flanks (or love handles), and chest. I also perform facial rejuvenation procedures including:
- Eyelid lift
- Brow lift
- Liposuction of the neck
- Prominent ear repair
- Skin treatments such as mole and scar removal
- Non-surgical injectable treatments and fillers
I have performed hundreds of male breast reduction procedures. While an excess of breast tissue does not have a clear cause, I have recently seen younger men come in that have taken bodybuilding hormones that have resulted in increased breast development, or gynecomastia. Others simply developed larger-than-average breasts in their teenage years that make them self-conscious about exposing their chest in public places such as the beach or the pool. Since exercise will not remove this excess glandular tissue, gynecomastia treatment provides these men with a way to address this aesthetic concern.
Liposuction, or suction assisted lipectomy (SAL), can remove areas of fat deposits in the abdominal wall and flanks, providing a markedly improved and permanent contour. I also use a newer type of liposuction called VASER Lipo that can be used in addition to standard liposuction. VASER Lipo improves on traditional liposuction by utilizing an ultrasonic probe to help break down more stubborn areas of fatty deposits.
The successful correction of gynecomastia and liposuction for men is still dependent on experience and having a good eye for what looks right. The best way to avoid undesirable results is to avoid doing too much. This skill is difficult to acquire, but one that I have learned through years of regularly treating male patients.
The recovery period for these procedures is fairly short. I typically see patients on the fifth postoperative day for a follow-up. Gynecomastia treatment and liposuction patients are able to resume normal activities after five days, and unless they are doing strenuous physical labor, they will be able to return to their jobs at that time with a rejuvenated body and a boosted level of confidence.