Plastic surgery options for men
When we think about cosmetic surgery, we usually picture women as patients. Seldom do we stop to consider that men have elective cosmetic procedures done as well. While women continue to dominate the statistics of annual cosmetic procedures performed, the male demographic is showing an increased interest in a variety of cosmetic surgical procedures across the board.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, in 2010 male plastic surgery accounted for 9% of all cosmetic surgical procedures performed. Men underwent more than 1.1 million cosmetic procedures, both minimally invasive and surgical in 2010. While males only make up 9% of cosmetic surgery patients nationally, 25% of Dr. Azzizadeh’s patients at the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery are male.
The most popular procedure among the male demographic was rhinoplasty, which is a procedure meant to improve the appearance of the nose. Nearly 85,000 rhinoplasty surgeries were performed on male patients in 2010, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery data.
Aside from rhinoplasty, there are a number of other popular procedures that interest men as they do women. Other cosmetic procedures that male patients can benefit from are necklifts, chin augmentation, blepharoplasty and facial rejuvenation.
A necklift is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat, tightens facial muscles and redistributes the skin of the face and neck to give a more youthful appearance. Once skin loses its elasticity, it begins to sag. A necklift reshapes the lower third of the face, correcting things that lost skin elasticity can cause, such as the appearance of jowls and sagging jaw lines. A chin lift works much the same as a facelift does, but concentrates on the jaw line and neck areas instead, correcting problems like double chins.
Blepharoplasty, or eye surgery, is a procedure to correct excess or sagging skin on the upper and lower eyelids. As we age, the skin around the eyes also loses its elasticity, producing unsightly bags under the eyes. Male blepharoplasty removes the excess skin and restores the eyelids to a more youthful state.
In addition to surgical procedures, males are also seeking out more non-invasive procedures than in the past. According to the American Society of Plastic surgeons, there was a 10% increase in men having Botox in 2010, with over 300,000 males being injected with the wrinkle relaxer.
Injectables such as Botox help retrain the facial muscles that cause unsightly lines and wrinkles, especially in the brow area. Fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm and Sculptra, fill in the lines and creases in wrinkles, thereby creating a smoother look to the skin. Microdermabrasion and chemical peel treatments remove layers of dead skin cells that often give the face a rough and ruddy appearance to reveal the new, smoother skin cells below.
Any of these plastic surgery treatments for men, alone or in conjunction with others, can give male patients a fresh, new look and a fresh new outlook on life.
Many come to Dr. Azizzadeh because he has extensive experience with male cosmetic surgery. His insight into the differences between male and female aesthetics allow him to provide men with cosmetic results that are masculine and in balance with natural male facial features. Dr. Azizzadeh also knows the importance of subtlety, as male patients often prefer more conservative results so that they do not end up looking like they have had a lot of work done. As an expert in male plastic surgery techniques, the Los Angeles Times featured Dr. Azizzadeh in the article ‘Plastic Surgery – it’s a guy thing too.’
To find out which cosmetic procedures are right for you, schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options.
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