Once upon a time, when people thought of plastic surgery, most people pictured a female patient: the aging actress getting a facelift, the young woman getting a nose job, or the grandmother getting blepharoplasty. Men might have been less likely to have surgery, but that didn’t mean they couldn’t or didn’t have it. These days, plastic surgery for men is even more common.
There might be a variety of reasons why plastic surgery for men has risen in popularity recently. One reason might be that people’s opinions about surgery in general have changed. While it was once looked down on, people today are more accepting of surgery, for men or women. Another reason might be that people are working longer and want to look younger for longer. A 55-year-old male needs to compete with 35-year-olds today, and one way to do that is by having surgery to reduce sagging and wrinkles and to create a more youthful look.
Plastic Surgery for Men: Common Concerns
Men might have several reasons for considering plastic surgery. A common reason, particularly among baby boomers or older, is wanting to look younger. Although not wanting to look older is stereotypically associated with women, guys want to look as youthful as they feel, too. Men are also subject to many of the same aging concerns as women, from sagging in the cheeks and chin area, to wrinkles on the forehead and by the nose and mouth.
In some cases, a man might consider plastic surgery to better balance his features or to make his features more masculine. For example, a man with a weaker chin might consider a surgery to augment its size. A guy might consider rhinoplasty to alter the angle of the tip of his nose. While women typically want a slightly upturned nasal tip, guys tend to want a nasal tip that is at a right angle, as that creates a masculine appearance.
Plastic Surgery for Men: Common Procedures
When it comes to looking younger, men typically choose the same procedures as women. For example, blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift, tends to be a popular surgery for both women and men. The eyes are often one of the first areas to show signs of aging, and for some patients, those signs of aging might be droopy upper eyelids or bags in the lower eyelids. The droopiness can make a person look older, tired, and can interfere with his or her ability to see.
Another procedure that’s popular with guys is the chin augmentation, often combined with rhinoplasty. A few characteristics make a man’s jaw or chin look masculine: a square shape, a slight protuberance. A chin that looks weak or that seems to sink into the face tends not to look masculine. Additionally, a chin that is weak or sunken can also make a man’s nose look bigger, creating an imbalance of facial features.
Men also typically consider ear reshaping surgery, or otoplasty. Ear surgery can correct a number of issues with the ears, from ears that stick out too much from the sides of the head, to ears that have become longer with age. In some cases, a guy might want earlobe reduction because he had his ears pierced or gauged as a younger person and now wants to reverse that.
Differences in Surgery
Guys not only have different expectations for plastic surgery, they also have a different anatomy and facial makeup than women. That means a surgeon performing a procedure on a male will have to make adjustments during the surgery to account for those differences.
One major difference between surgery in men and surgery in women concerns facial hair. Typically, female patients don’t have facial hair, or if they do, they don’t particularly want to grow it out. For guys, it’s different. A man who is used to sporting a full beard or other type of facial hair might be concerned about how having a facelift or chin augmentation will affect his ability to grow hair or the pattern of hair growth. The surgeon usually keeps concerns about facial hair in mind when performing a surgery on a male patient, so that he doesn’t end up with patchy beard growth or with a beard growing behind his ears.
Men might also have a higher risk for some complications during or after facial plastic surgery, thanks to an increased blood flow to the head or face. The risk of complications in guys might also be higher because they are typically conditioned by society not to take it easy or not to allow a full week or two to recover after surgery. Following a surgeon’s full instructions can help a guy enjoy a comfortable, safe recovery.
Male Plastic Surgery: Who’s a Candidate?
Men should meet the same requirements as women to determine if they are a good candidate for plastic surgery. Having realistic expectations is key for guys and for women. For example, a guy shouldn’t go into surgery expecting that he’ll look like George Clooney or Brad Pitt at the end of it. Understanding what a procedure can and can’t do is essential.
It’s also important for men to be in the best health possible before plastic surgery. That means no smoking for several weeks before and after, avoiding certain medications, and making sure he’s physically in good shape. Depending on a guys’ age, he might have to have blood tests before surgery, as well as a heart exam.
Dr. Michael Schwartz, a board certified facial plastic surgeon in West Palm Beach, Florida, regularly performs plastic surgery on male patients. If you’re a guy thinking about surgery and want to learn more about what’s involved, call 561-228-5888 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz today.