male-upper-body-viewEvery year the percentage of cosmetic procedures that I perform on male patients increases. Seeing so many more men understand and acknowledge the possibilities that plastic surgery can provide is obviously an extremely welcome sight. However, many guys are still tentative and unsure of what cosmetic procedures can help them accomplish when we talk during pre-surgery consultation appointments. That’s why I wanted to take a moment to answer a few common questions about plastic surgery for men.

Question #1: Why is Tummy Tuck Surgery more common in women than men?

While popular for both men and women, it’s true that fewer men tend to undergo tummy tuck procedures than their female counterparts. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that men often retain their skin elasticity longer than women do. This means that women are more likely to experience the loose, sagging skin that tummy tucks are often used to correct. This is part of the reason why liposuction is so much more common for men who seek body contouring than tummy tucks.

Question #2: What should men know about potential recovery following Rhinoplasty Surgery?

While the actual procedures may be similar, there are anatomical differences between the male and female nose that can affect their respective recovery process following rhinoplasty. For instance, male facial skin is typically thicker and has a richer blood supply. This means that post-surgery swelling and bruising may last longer in men than it does in women. I make a point to discuss these factors in detail during all rhinoplasty consultations.

Question #3: How will I know if I am a candidate for male breast reduction or chest liposuction?

This is a very common question. It’s true that enlargement in the male chest area can be treated with both of these procedures. But determining which plastic surgery is the best solution depends on the cause of your aesthetic concern. While liposuction can effectively remove excess fat from this area, true gynecomastia is caused by excess glandular tissue in the chest area. In these cases, only male breast reduction surgery will be able to provide the outstanding, long-lasting results that patients desire.

Men interested in plastic surgery have more cosmetic procedure options than ever before. To help sort through these options and answer any other questions or concerns you might have, I recommend scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like myself who specialize in these procedures. For more information or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. And follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional plastic surgery news, tips, photos, and more.