{Aired 05.10.14}

Today’s show will distinguish  between cosmetic and reconstructive procedures and explore the reasons men are now electing to have plastic surgery.  Even though few men talk about it, male cosmetic surgery has  reached an all time high.

While men still significantly trail women in the number of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures performed nationwide, they are becoming increasingly more commonplace. From nose jobs  to eyelid surgery to face lifts, many men are opting for plastic surgery and are starting to care about their looks now more than ever for many reasons –

  • live in an image conscious world
  • it’s popular in a culture where anti-aging is a central theme
  • individuals may be experiencing a difficult life transition such as a divorce
  • looking your best has become important for people in general
  • men tend to go for  refreshing their look

The Most Popular Procedure for Men

  • Hair Transplants – one of the more popular procedures men have done for eons probably one of the first areas that men were not shy about having done. Now there are new pharmaceuticals on the market that address this issue.  What is trending now – facial hair transplants. This is a surgery that helps make beards look thicker and less patchy. Make sure the doctor you are consulting is recognized by the American Board of Hair Restoration and or the  International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.

Top cosmetic surgical procedures for Men

  • liposuction (surgical removal of unwanted fat)
  • rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)
  • blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  • gynecomastia (breast reduction)
  • Pectoral enhancements are the most common with male models and body builders who make money with their physiques. Surgery requires general anesthesia and involves a small incision in the armpit. Unlike breast implants, these should feel firm to the touch, 
  • Buttocks enhancements – The most common method of gluteal enhancement is fat transfer (extra fat from liposuction is used to make the glutes appear “perkier”), but silicone implants may also be used. Make sure you are aware of the warranty associated with your implants.

Rising Trends in Male Plastic Surgery

  •  Male tummy tucks – this is on the rise since the boom of massive weight loss procedures which leave excess skin
  • Calf implants help balloon your skin out in an appropriately attractive manner. Implants will not bestow you with any actual strength.
  • Rhinoplasty -found to be the most common surgical procedure for both men and women under 35, according to the AAFPRS, and the most in-demand facial plastic surgery among men, rhinoplasty has seen a recent resurgence in interest. Rhinoplasty is so popular that facial plastic surgeons coined a term—rhino-popularity—and it’s here to stay. The nose is the central feature of the face and even a small improvement can make a big impact in your overall appearance.
  • Chin implants are designed to balance the face and add “strength” to the jaw line.
  • Blepharoplasty (eye lid surgery) – very popular for men because when done correctly it will help give a youthful appearance. However the eyes have the thinnest skin which mean multiple surgeries on the eyes could create a plastic look with horrid side effects. In some extreme cases patients with too much eye surgery have a difficult time closing the eye and blinking. Make sure your surgeon is an expert in this specialty. 

 Why Are Men Turning to Plastic Surgery?

More men are opting for cosmetic procedures to rejuvenate their looks and stay competitive in the dating and job markets. 

“Men get surgery as a key tool to help them succeed,” he explained. “In a marketplace where looking  fit, younger, and more masculine is imperative, the better you look, the better your chances of ascending the corporate ladder.”
– Dr. Steinbrech


 On Dr. Steinbrech’s all-male plastic surgery website, he outlines four “types” of men that he says typically come in for surgery, and the best procedures for them. (the following list was sourced form maleplasticsurgerynewyork.com.

1 – The first type identified by Dr. Steinbrech is the “male model,” who he says wants jawline augmentation, “hi-def liposuction” to show off his abs, pectoral implants, and gluteal implants. “This guy wants a sharper jawline, and nice abs — really ripped and very defined abs. You take an average, good-looking kid, and you enhance his jaw, elongate his chin, enhance his cheekbones, and suddenly he looks like the cover of Vogue.” Men-and-Cosmetic-Surgery1 (1)

2  – The “body builder,” who has similar procedures as the male model, but wants to look more muscular. “A body builder want to go big,” Dr. Steinbrech said. “Big chest, big glutes, but muscularly defined. They also have some of that fatty tissue around the breasts from steroids that we often remove as well [in a process known as Gynescomastia].”

3 – The third type of man that is getting plastic surgery to enhance their career was the “CEO or board member. “These men are at the top of their career and they feel young and confident, but they’re worried they don’t look it,” Dr. Steinbrech said. “I tell these men I want to leave a little bit of wrinkles — since wrinkles are sexy and trustworthy — and give them what I call the ‘Forbes Facelift.” The so-called “Forbes Facelift” typically consists of a necklift, eyelift, jawline recontouring, and perhaps liposuction as well.

4 – The only category that doesn’t specifically reference a career is the “athletic dad.” “As a play on the ‘mommy makeovers’ we now we have ‘daddy do-overs.This is what the banker wants. He’s married with kids, probably put on 15 pounds. He’s in his 40s and he’s thinking, ‘Man, I used to look so good in college.’ These men typically go for jawline recontouring, liposuction, and a small eyelift.”

 Botox for Men

There  is a rise in the demand for non-surgical cosmetic procedures to delay facial surgery. Thirty-four percent of facial surgeons surveyed stated that women under 35 are looking after their skin to prevent visible signs of aging Botox also a simple option for men. Botox is injected into the skin to help relax the muscles temporarily so that the skin appears smooth. It’s results usually last for 3-4 months. The pros of Botox include:

  • less down time
  • immediate results
  • relatively low cost
  • less obvious
  • can  help erase crow’s feet or brow lines

Other Popular Non-Invasive Procedures

male on cosmetic surgeryLaser hair reduction – Men too want to get rid of unwanted hair from their chest, back, etc and laser hair removal is a more permanent way of doing so. It takes multiple sittings and the results are quite promising.

Body contouring – These are non-surgical treatments and the idea is to subject the fat to trauma that helps disrupt the fat cells. This damaged fat is not removed by suction (as in traditional or laser liposuction) – it is left in the body and the body itself clears it away.

Dermal fillers – Dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid in a very purified form. This is used to build collagen that is lost from the ageing skin thus restoring volume, lifting sagging skin.

Peels – A pretty popular treatment in men, peels help reduce pigmentation, improve the skin’s texture, remove tan and spots and add a natural glow to the  skin.


Before Sealing the Deal on Cosmetic Surgery

If you’re a man interested in a cosmetic procedure “do your homework.” Take time to learn about your options, and find the right doctor and medical team for you and your needs. Do some background research to learn about your plastic surgeon. Look at their board certifications, the number of similar procedures they’ve done, and patient referrals. Ask for all of that information, and more, to help determine who would be the best plastic surgeon for you. Talk with others about their experiences to get referrals and ideas.