Plastic surgery is becoming an increasingly attractive option for men who want to look as young as they feel, and press the re-start button on the effects of aging on the face and body. Personal confidence is crucial in men’s professional and personal lives, and to maximize longevity in both, more and more men have turned to plastic surgery. Though the overall numbers may still be lagging somewhat behind women, plastic surgery for men is growing in popularity and frequency, and it won’t be long before it’s standard practice for both sexes.
In the United States, nearly 1.1 million cosmetic procedures, including body contouring, were performed on men during 2011 – close to 10% of the total number. Like women, men want to reverse or keep at bay the encroaching signs of age, such as excess fat, unwanted body hair, skin discolorations, and wrinkles. Let’s take a look at the most common body image problems facing men, and the procedures that can eliminate them.
As men approach middle age, losing excess fat is one of their top priorities. It’s a common problem. In fact, of all the surgical procedures available, tummy tucks or liposuction are two of the most widely performed. Liposuction for men is the same as it is for women (although the areas of the body that need the most attention may vary). Localized fat can be eliminated from the hip regions, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, upper arms, breast, chest, chin, cheeks, and neck. It is particularly well-suited to men whose fatty deposits don’t respond to dieting and exercise. The beauty of the procedure is that once the fat cells are removed, they do not return.
For patients with abdominal fat, a tummy tuck may be more appropriate than liposuction. An incision is made around the base of the abdomen, and excess fat is removed from the abdominal wall. Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck can help men lose the love handles for good, giving them a desirable flat stomach instead.
One of the most common, and least often discussed problems facing men is the development of breasts, known in the medical community as gynecomastia. Despite the fact that around half of all men will experience some form of gynecomastia, most feel insecure or embarrassed about the problem. Male breast reduction surgery is a straightforward procedure that can help restore a more masculine contour to your torso.
Sweating can increase with age, and for many requires only good hygiene and anti-perspirant to keep in check. But for some, the problem is more severe and must be treated by a doctor. Botox injections, commonly used to eliminate lines and wrinkles on the face by relaxing the movements of muscles, can also be applied to sweat glands, particularly in the armpits. Numerous small injections are made under the skin during a short procedure. The effects usually become noticeable within three days, and can last up to a year before requiring repeat visits.
As part of the new “Daddy Makeover” phenomenon, leading NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Loeb is offering cosmetic procedures including manscaping, whereby excess, unsightly body hair is trimmed to give a smoother, cleaner appearance.
Gravity, stress, sunlight, lifestyle, genetics – they all contribute to the onset of wrinkles and fine lines. A facelift can help men recapture their youthful appearance, and bid goodbye to jowls, fat deposits, excess skin, and creases. Plastic surgery for men now incorporates a wide range of options, allowing each person to work with Dr. Loeb on precisely what they need. As well as injectables such as Botox and non-invasive facials, Dr. Loeb offers a variety of surgical procedures, including eyelid surgery to reverse wrinkled skin, and lip augmentation to add volume and life to the face.
For men looking to start simply before trying more elaborate procedures, facial rejuvenation can be performed using a radiofrequency device called Fractora. Much more affordable and less invasive than surgery, Fractora can address wrinkles, scars, rough patches of skin, redness, and age spots by stimulating the production of collagen. The procedure can be performed within 45 minutes, which makes it ideal for guys still not convinced by the idea of serious plastic surgery for men. The procedure is virtually painless, and recovery is swift.
For men considering plastic surgery in Manhattan, it’s imperative to find the right surgeon for the job. Dr. Loeb not only has the requisite experience to help you understand what a reasonable goal might be and perform the work with the utmost care, skill and artistry, he also offers all the latest techniques and cutting-edge technologies that can help you achieve your desired goals.
For more information about plastic surgery for men, including liposuction and male breast reduction, please call our Fifth Avenue office at 212-327-3700 to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Loeb.