Plastic surgery for men is becoming more and more popular in recent times. As men age, fat cells tend to gather around the abdomen, flanks, breast area, chin, and neck.
So some turn to cosmetic surgery to change the things they don’t like, get rid of excess fat, and achieve the ideal male body shape.
According to statics available from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the number of men concerned about how they appear increased greatly.
More than 1.3 million men had surgical and minimally-invasive procedures performed on them in 2018 accounting for over 8% of the total cosmetic procedures performed.
Male Cosmetic Surgery Statistics
More men are embracing plastic surgery procedures to improve their physical appearance and boost their confidence.
Nose reshaping or Rhinoplasty appeared to be the most common surgical procedure performed in 2018.
With more than 52,000 procedures performed representing 25% of the total procedures conducted.
Botulinum toxin type (A) tops the list of minimally invasive procedures administered. Out of 7,437,378 procedures carried out, 452,812 were presented to men 6% of the total procedures performed.
Most Popular Plastic Surgery Types for Men
Some of the top common surgical and minimally invasive procedures being performed on men include;
- Botulinum toxin type A (452,812)
- Laser hair removal ( 184,668)
- Microdermabrasion ( 136,885)
- Chemical peel (102,683)
- Soft tissue fillers( 100,702)
- Nose reshaping (Rhinoplasty)(52,660)
- Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty)(31,494)
- Liposuction ( 29,528)
- Breast reduction in men (Gynecomastia)(24,753)
- Hair transplantation(16,840)
Other types of cosmetic surgery conducted on men during 2018 included Facelift (Rhytidectomy), Dermabrasion, Ear surgery (Otoplasty), chin augmentation (Mentoplasty), Forehead lift, and Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty each with over 4,000 procedures.
Usually, liposuction alone effectively gets rid of the excess fat and treats men’s problem areas.
But if a man has loose, sagging skin in addition to excess fat, he may also opt for an excision procedure, namely skin removal surgery.
Men who are unhappy with the natural size and or shape of their chest can get pectoral implants to create bulk in their pectoral muscles.
Similarly, calf implants can help in the cosmetic augmentation of the lower leg.
For men seeking a flatter, firmer abdomen, an abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck”) can help remove extra abdominal fat and skin and tighten abdominal muscles.
An experienced plastic surgeon may also offer abdominal etching for a muscular, rippled appearance in the abdominal area.
Men face a greater risk of hematoma (pooling of blood outside the blood vessels) than women since their facial skin has a more abundant blood supply.
Additionally, any scarring will also be more difficult for men to hide because they don’t wear makeup or style their hair towards the face.
However, hair and beard growth can enhance the outcome of a facelift by hiding incisions, especially in the temple area.
If the hair-bearing skin of a man’s upper neck gets pulled behind the ears during the procedure, it may mean shaving behind the ears or the back of the neck. Fortunately, electrolysis can sometimes correct this.
Excess fat under the chin is yet another concern for many men. In younger patients, liposuction alone may correct the problem.
However, older patients may require a full facelift and neck lift, which may include excess skin removal and tightening of the platysmal muscles.
Here is an extensive guide on how to get rid of neck fat (Double Chin).
Chemical Peel and Dermabrasion
As for refinishing treatments for facial skin such as chemical peel and dermabrasion, patients should avoid shaving for about three weeks.
Sensitivity, swelling, and pinkness are possible effects of such procedures; beard growth helps conceal the pinkness. Whereas consuming alcohol causes the treated skin to turn noticeably red.
All in all, men should get these procedures performed by board-certified plastic surgeons that perform surgeries in accredited surgical facilities.
Male plastic surgery prices
The cost of male plastic surgery procedures differs depending on several factors. Some of the factors affecting male plastic surgery prices include; the type of surgery conducted, your location, and the surgeon performing the surgery.
Below is the average cost of different male plastic surgery procedures.
- Nose job (rhinoplasty) $5,067.
- Liposuction $3,347
- Botox injections $376
- Facelift $7,503
- Eyelid surgery $3,216
Possible Risks and Complications of Plastic Surgery
Several risks and gains may arise from cosmetic surgery. Some of the risks that may occur during or after cosmetic surgery may include;
- fluid collection
- abnormal heart rhythm
- heart attack
- brain damage
- nerve damage
- blood clots
- blood loss
- airway obstruction.
Another danger is having surgery conducted by unlicensed and untrained doctors.
How to Get the Best Cosmetic Surgery Treatment
If you are looking to have cosmetic surgery, it is good to conduct thorough research on the best plastic surgeon to do it. Find a doctor who is board-certified, highly experienced, and well-trained.
Apart from getting a good surgeon to perform your surgery, it is also good to consider the following recommendations for your safety.
- Avoid smoking or drinking before your surgery for you to heal quickly.
- Ask Everything you would like to know about your surgery during your appointment with the surgeon.
- Make sure you understand the risks involved with your surgery.
- Be realistic about the result of the surgery.
- Ensure you are as fit as possible before the surgery.
- In case you have any health problems or take any medicine consult with your surgeon and seek advice about it.
- 2018 Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. surgery.org/sites/default/files/ASAPS-Stats2016.pdf.