Once a year, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery releases statistics regarding trends in facial cosmetic surgery. In 2013, the AAFPRS released reports that Americans spent more than $1.1 billion on cosmetic procedures during 2012. While more women underwent cosmetic procedures than men, men are not immune to the opportunity to look younger.
The AAFPRS reported that a number of men head to facial plastic surgeons for Botox injections and dermal fillers when they want to temporarily reduce the signs of aging. However, sometimes cosmetic surgeries are a better choice, particularly for those seeking more permanent or dramatic results. Here are some facial plastic surgeries for men that can help them look refreshed and more youthful without looking unnatural.
Chin Augmentation Builds a Strong Jawline and Chin
A Business Week story on men with weak chins raised concern with some men. The story reported that West Point cadets with strong chins gain higher rankings than those with weak chins. It is believed that this is due to the amount of testosterone needed to develop the bones in a strong jawline. Men do not want to be seen as lacking in virility.
With a chin augmentation, the stronger chin does more than boost self-confidence. It also has the power to make the rest of the face seem more balanced. During the surgery, chin implants are placed below the skin to make the chin more prominent. There may be bruising and swelling after the surgery, but these complaints decrease as your body heals. By the time a few months have passed, you’ll see the final results of your chin augmentation.
Eyelid Surgery Reduces Lower Eyelid Bags
If you have bags under your eyes that make you look tired at all hours of the day, blepharoplasty can correct that problem. Eyelid surgery on the lower eyelid removes excess skin and fat leading to these bags. You can also have upper eyelid surgery to tighten a drooping eyelid that can block vision over time.
After an eyelid surgery, you need about a week to recovery. Your eyes may feel dry and itchy, and the skin on your eyelids may feel tight due to the swelling. You do need to take three to five days off work and avoid strenuous activities for two weeks.
Otoplasty Fixes Large Ears
Cartilage is affected by aging, too. It thins out over the years, so skin ends up stretching out. This is why many older men find their ears becoming longer and less attractive.
Otoplasty is a corrective surgery that helps sculpt the cartilage and remove excess skin that make the ear look larger. Cartilage is secured with permanent stitches. Once the surgery is complete, plan for a recovery that lasts about a week.
Rhinoplasty Balances a Prominent Nose
It’s not surprising that rhinoplasty is a popular facial plastic surgery for men. For men with a nose that is extremely wide or has a large bump, it’s a surgical procedure that can help decrease the size and bring it into better balance with the eyes, lips, and chin.
Incisions are made within the nostrils or on the outside of the nose on the strip of skin between the nostrils. Once the skin is lifted, the plastic surgeon begins reshaping the nose by trimming cartilage and nasal bone. After the underlying structure matches the surgeon’s and patient’s goal, the incisions are closed and healing begins. It can take weeks or months for swelling to fully fade. Allow for up to a year before you see the final results.
With more than 24 years of expertise in general and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Michael Schwartz is a trusted name in Florida cosmetic surgery. He remains on top of the latest advancements in facial plastic surgery for men. Read more about his credentials in Dr. Schwartz’s curriculum vitae. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz in his West Palm Beach office, call 561-228-5888