Today, men of all ages and all walks of life are requesting plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons. Men's goals include a more balanced nose, a rejuvenated face, a trimmer waistline. The procedures used to achieve these goals must take into consideration factors such as skin thickness, beard growth, or body type.
The ideal male body shape is considered to be trim and athletic-looking, with broad shoulders and chest, a flat abdomen, and a narrow hip-thigh area. However, as men age, areas of fat tend to accumulate around the abdomen, the flanks ("love handles"), the breast area (a condition called gynecomastia), and along the chin and neck. Men sometimes seek liposuction to remove these fatty areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.
In many cases, liposuction alone can effectively correct these problem areas. Men retain their skin elasticity longer than women do, and the areas of fat beneath the skin tend to be firmer and more vascular than those in women. Because of these and other factors, liposuction in men is usually very effective.
Men who have some loose, hanging skin as well as areas of excess fat may opt for a traditional excision procedure (surgical skin removal) in addition to liposuction. An excision may also be performed on gynecomastia patients whose breast enlargement is made up of mostly glandular tissue, rather than fat.
Hi Def liposculpture is an advanced liposuction technique. Combining technology and art, this technique can sculpt a flabby stomach into a toned abdomen. Using smaller instruments, Dr. Millard can insure less pain and a shorter recovery period.Men as well as women can benefit greatly from this surgery!
A full abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" may be chosen by men who have hanging abdominal skin (usually the result of massive weight loss), loose abdominal muscles, and/or neglected hernias. It is a major surgical procedure that removes excess fat, tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall, and trims the waistline.
Men with good skin elasticity who have only a moderate amount of excess abdominal fat may benefit from liposuction alone.
Although rarely discussed, enlarged male breasts is a common condition. Gynecomastia affects approximately 40 to 60 percent of men. There is no known cause for gynecomastia, although there has been some correlation with various drugs or medical conditions.
Men who feel self-conscious about their appearance are helped with breast-reduction surgery. The procedure removes fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts and, in extreme cases, removes excess skin, resulting in a contoured chest that is flatter and firmer.
For men, common procedures include liposuction under the chin and around the waist and the reduction of enlarged male breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia.
The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of men opting for plastic surgeries. Several factors seem to be contributing to this growing interest in aesthetic enhancement.
Confidence: Technological advances have made it possible for plastic surgeons to create completely natural looking results with relative ease. The use of lasers and advanced techniques are decreasing both procedure time and healing time. The growing numbers of both men and women choosing to undergo cosmetic procedures reflects a high level of confidence in surgeons and doctors.
Career moves: Perhaps more than ever before, an individual's professional success can depend on his/her outward appearance. Older men frequently choose plastic surgery in order to maintain a healthy, vigorous look.
A Boost: Men are realizing that feeling good about oneself can improve self-confidence. As cosmetic surgery is becoming more widely accepted, men are choosing both minor and major procedures in order to enhance their looks and boost their body image.
Also, any scarring that may result from surgery may be more difficult for men to hide, since they don't wear make-up or style their hair toward their faces, as many women do.
Hair growth and beard growth may play a major role in the outcome of a facelift. If you are balding or have thinning hair, surgical artistry may be required to hide the facelift incision, especially in the temple area. If the hair-bearing skin of your upper neck is pulled behind your ears during surgery, you may find that you must shave behind your ears or the back of your neck. However, sometimes electrolysis can correct this problem. Be sure to discuss these possibilities with your surgeon.
A fatty or "jowly" area beneath the chin is also a concern for many men. In younger patients, liposuction alone may be sufficient to correct the problem. Older patients may require a full facelift and necklift, which may include the removal of excess skin and tightening the platysma muscles, which run down each side of the neck. These muscles are usually thicker in men than they are in women, but do not pose a greater challenge for your plastic surgeon.
Cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery, nose surgery, and facial-implant surgery are performed essentially the same way for men and women. However, it's important to let your surgeon know if you are seeking a more masculine look to your facial features -- a chin with better projection, more prominent cheekbones, a stronger nose.
Over 40% of men and women over the age of 40 in the United States suffer from hair loss but less than 2% of these individuals seek treatment. Many don't know that there are effective medical treatments to prevent further hair loss and possibly grow additional hair as well as surgical treatments to fill in thinning or bald areas. Surgical hair restoration can also be utilized to lower hairlines, fill in scars from trauma or burns, recreate sideburns, or restore thinning or absent eyebrows.
The procedure used to replace lost hair is called follicular unit hair transplantation (FUHT). The follicular units, naturally occurring groups of 1 to 4 hairs, are taken from an area of the scalp that has an abundance of hair and transferred to the thinning areas. Because the grafts are planted exactly as they grow naturally, the result is entirely natural and undetectable.
Dr. James Harris of the Hair Sciences Center of Colorado would be happy to see you during a complimentary consultation and discuss your medical and surgical treatment options. For more information please visit his website at www.hsccolorado.com or call 303.694.9381 or toll free at 1.877.694.9381.