One of the more persistent myths about plastic surgery is that it is something reserved for female patients. Although the majority of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures are performed on women, men also benefit from a variety of procedures. Changing social perceptions and expectations have led to an increase in plastic surgery procedures among male patients. If you’re a man considering any type of cosmetic procedure, there are a few things you should know first.
It’s Pretty Common
In 2013, nearly 1,250,000 men in the U.S. had some sort of cosmetic treatment performed, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Of those procedures, non-surgical options, including Botox and other botulinum toxin injections, were the most popular. There were nearly 400,000 botulinum toxin injections performed on men in 2013.
Plastic surgery was less common than minimally invasive options. Some procedures were more popular with men than others. For example, rhinoplasty was a common procedure performed on men. More than 57,000 rhinoplasties were performed on male patients last year.
The Procedures Are Slightly Different for Men
There are some differences between the physical characteristics of men and women. For that reason, the plastic surgery performed on men is slightly different than the procedure performed on women. Male patients generally want to keep a masculine-looking face, so the process of lifting and tightening the facial tissue during a facelift is somewhat different. The ideal shape of the nose is different for men than it is for women. The tip of a male nose is generally less angled than the tip of a female nose, for example. The male nose is also typically wider than a female nose.
The quality of male skin is also somewhat different than the quality of female skin. Men tend to have thicker skin than women. That means that men can bleed more than women during the surgical process, which puts them at a greater risk for certain complications, such as a hematoma, or blood collecting below the surface of the skin.
Facial hair can also make a difference in surgery between men and women. During a facelift, for example, the skin might be adjusted so that facial hair grows in an unusual area, such as near the ears. A man can avoid having weird areas of facial hair by maintaining a good hair removal routine after the surgery or by having the hair permanently removed.
You Need to Rest Afterwards
No one likes to feel like they are out of commission or that they are missing out. But in the first few days or even weeks after plastic surgery, that’s just what a patient needs to do. A surgeon will provide you with specific instructions for what and what not to do after surgery. Even if you feel great or back to your old self, it’s important to follow those directions carefully. You risk increasing your chance for complications or for undoing the results of your procedure by participating in certain activities before your surgeon gives you the all-clear.
It’s Not Magic
Having realistic expectations for the results of the surgery or minimally invasive treatment is just as important for men as it is for women. Your plastic surgeon can help you get your expectations in check before the surgery, by letting you know what it can and can’t do for you. You can also review photographs of past patients to see if their results are in line with what you’re expecting to get out of the surgery.
The Right Surgeon Makes All the Difference
Working with a plastic surgeon who has experience performing the procedure you’re considering on men is important. More than that, you want a surgeon who is board certified and whom you feel comfortable with. You should be able to discuss what you hope to get out of the procedure to the surgeon and he or she should be able to let you know what’s possible and what you can expect after the surgery. Your plastic surgeon doesn’t have to be a close friend, but he or she should be someone you feel comfortable talking to.
In the central Florida area, your ideal choice for facial plastic surgery is Dr. Ross Clevens. The only practicing, double board certified facial plastic surgeon in Brevard County, Dr. Clevens has been voted “Best of Brevard” and an Ivy League education. To learn more about your plastic surgery options and what to expect from a procedure, call Dr. Clevens for a consultation today at (321) 727-3223.