FAQ’s About Common Cosmetic Procedures for Men

Once thought to be exclusively a woman’s game, recent years have shown us that plastic surgery is growing more popular with men all the time. With Father’s Day approaching, I thought it would be a great time to answer some of the more common questions I receive from male patients about popular cosmetic surgery procedures for men. Hopefully this will be instructional for any guys who are still on the fence about whether plastic surgery may be right for them.

FAQ’s About Common Cosmetic Procedures for MenWhat are the most common plastic surgery procedures for men?

According to stats collected by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) for 2016, liposuction is consistently the most popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women, due to its reputation for versatility and effectiveness. After that, the most commonly-performed cosmetic surgeries for men are (in order of their popularity) male breast reduction, eyelid surgery, neck lifts, and facelifts.

How much scarring will there be after male breast reduction surgery?

The scars left from male breast reduction to treat gynecomastia vary depending on a number of factors including the amount of fat and breast tissue that is removed during the procedure, as well as the elasticity of the patient’s skin. During male breast reduction, I try to make the smallest-possible incisions in hard to see areas on and around the chest to reduce the visibility of scars. In my experience, even patients who have larger breasts and more scarring following their male breast reduction are still very satisfied with their results.

Which facial procedures would you recommend for men trying to restore a more youthful appearance?

As I mentioned above, facelifts are very popular with men trying to turn the clock back and rejuvenate their face, but they are far from the only option. Eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty procedures are very in-demand with men at the moment, as are fat transfer injections. Fat transfer injections purify and re-inject a patient’s fat that is removed during liposuction to add lost volume to other areas including the face. Men may also want to consider a mini facelift of neck lift.

Are there any nonsurgical treatments for men that you would recommend for men trying to improve their appearance?

SculpSure® nonsurgical fat reduction can be perfect for guys trying to shed stubborn fat from areas all over the body. SculpSure® is FDA-approved to treat stubborn fat that diet and exercise alone may not be able to get rid of.

Men have more options than ever to achieve natural-looking aesthetic upgrades. Whether you are trying to shed stubborn excess fat, improve your physique, or undo some of the natural effects of aging, I believe plastic surgery can open up a world of possibilities for men trying to look and feel their best. For more information or to schedule your plastic surgery consultation with me, Dr. David Whiteman, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today. And follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for more tips, photos and updates from the world of cosmetic surgery.

Is Eyelid Surgery Right For Me?

As the saying goes, the eyes are the windows to the soul. They are also typically the first thing people notice when they look at someone’s face. That’s why to minimize the effects of aging and keep ourselves looking young, it all begins with taking care of the eyes. As we age, it’s only natural for the skin around our eyes and eyelids to begin to sag, creating bags and dark circles under the eyes and making the eyes look tired.

For patients interested in rejuvenating the areas around their eyes, I offer eyelid surgery. Otherwise known as a blepharoplasty procedure, eyelid surgery is able to refresh a patient’s face by removing excess skin and pockets of fat from the eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids, depending on the patient’s specific needs.

When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, eyelid surgery can provide benefits for patients seeking relief from a wide variety of facial imperfections. Eyelid surgery can treat bags that appear under the eyes or puffiness on the upper eyelids. It can also help patients that experience obscured vision that results from excess skin and fat on the eyelids.

If you are in good mental and physical health and have realistic expectations for your procedure, eyelid surgery can work wonders to create a more youthful appearance for your face. Certain medical conditions like glaucoma and dry eye may prevent certain patients from undergoing this procedure. To confirm that you are a candidate for eyelid surgery, I recommend coming in for a complimentary plastic surgery consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss your medical history as well as what you hope to achieve with your surgery to determine if an eyelid surgery is the right choice for you. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips, news, and updates.

Non-Surgical & Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

Facial rejuvenation treatments come in many forms.  From daily skincare regimens of moisturizer to more entailed cosmetic facial plastic surgery, men and women of all ages and skin types are choosing facial rejuvenation procedures to combat signs of aging in order to revive their youthful appearance.  In fact, according to the 2014 statistics shared by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, facial rejuvenation procedures saw a surge in popularity and remained among the top five in both minimally-invasive and cosmetic surgery procedures:

Plastic Surgery in Atlanta GABotox® – 6.7 million treatments performed

Botox® contains a purified form of botulinum that works by temporarily relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles between (glabellar lines) and around (crow’s feet) the eyes that form with age and repeated facial and forehead expressions.  As Botox® is injected into the muscle, it is eventually absorbed and eliminated by the body and therefore treatments must be “re-touched” just about every 4-6 months to maintain the same facial rejuvenation results.

Facial Fillers – 2.3 million treatments performed

Like Botox®, facial fillers are cosmetic injectables but are unique in that they are composed of naturally-occurring substances found in the human body that work to restore lost facial volume and smoothes wrinkles and lines.  Facial fillers such as Juvéderm®, Expression®, Perlane®, Radiesse® and Restylane® are great for patients aged 21 and up who have moderate to minimal signs of aging or simply want to help maintain previous plastic surgery results.  Popular areas for facial filler treatments include the cheeks, lips, around the mouth area and jaw line.  Depending on the type of filler you choose, typical results can last anywhere from 6 months up to two years, therefore follow-up treatments are necessary to keep a more youthful appearance.

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) – 207,000 procedures performed

As we age, skin loses its elasticity, often causing the upper eyelids to droop and form excess fat deposits underneath the eyes on the lower eyelids.  Blepharoplasty is performed to eliminate those telltale signs of aging on the upper and/or lower eyelids by removing excess fat, tissue and skin around the eyes in order to provide a rested appearance.  Depending on the patient’s particular goals, eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids (to address the “hooded” appearance from sagging eyelid skin) and/or on the lower eyelids (to target the fatty tissue that creates under eye bags).

Facelift – 128,000 procedures performed 

When you’re at the point where you’re looking for longer-lasting facial rejuvenation results, facelift surgery can target moderate to minimal signs of aging such as lax skin, or deep wrinkles and fine lines; particularly helpful for those looking to eliminate excess skin around the cheeks, jowls and neck.  Once I remove excess, sagging skin, I reposition the remaining skin, tissue and muscles (if needed) to fill lost volume and create an overall smoother, wrinkle-free appearance.  There are also those patients who may have specific isolated areas of concern on their face in regards to the neck and jowls and choose to opt for a mini facelift to only rejuvenate and tighten the lower third of the face.

Whichever facial rejuvenation plan we tailor for your unique needs is entirely up to you, however, the first step towards facial rejuvenation is to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive training in the procedure of your choosing.  When your safety is concerned, it is important to be your biggest advocate and do the research!  If you’d like to meet with me, cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman, to answer any questions, feel free to schedule a consultation whenever the need arises.  You can also stay connected with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for plastic surgery news and updates.