Male Cosmetic Surgery Procedures on the Rise

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, most people only think of female patients. However, according to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the number of male patients has been steadily increasing with men accounting for 9 percent of all surgical and non-surgical procedures in 2011. With the competitive job market in today’s unsteady economy, more men have considered cosmetic body and facial procedures to maintain a youthful appearance to compete with younger professionals. Although these procedures are available to both men and women, there are different techniques used with male plastic surgery in order to yield more masculine results. Dr. David Whiteman understands the differences between male and female patients and uses specialized techniques for each patient according to their unique needs.

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Facial procedures are the most common types of procedures that men pursue. According to ASPS, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, and facelifts ranked in the top five male cosmetic surgeries. Male rhinoplasty is very similar to nose surgery for women, but the male nose has distinct characteristics. For example, male patients are generally seeking a more defined nose with a higher bridge while women opt for a more subtle nose with a smooth bridge. Similarly, male blepharoplasty and facelift surgery are tailored to the different facial anatomy of men.

In addition to facial procedures, many men choose body contouring procedures for a younger, refreshed look. Procedures such as liposuction and necklifts surgery can remove unwanted fat and loose skin. Although many people do not consider breast reduction as a primary male procedure, many men suffer from gynecomastia, which is a condition where breast glands rapidly grow to an unusual size, causing overly large breasts. Male breast reduction surgery consists of the removal of excess fat, tissue, and skin through excision and liposuction to produce a smoother, flatter chest.

Since every patient, regardless of gender, has different goals and needs, it is important to schedule a consultation to decide your surgical plans. If you are interested in a body or facial cosmetic procedure, contact us today. If you haven’t already, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery information and news.

Poll Shows that Majority of Americans Disagree with the Proposed Cosmetic Surgery Tax

The biggest story in the plastic and cosmetic surgery world right now is the proposed cosmetic surgery tax. It is comically referred to as the “Botax” because it would put a government tax on elective cosmetic surgery procedures; but many Americans don’t think that there is anything comical about it.

According to a recent article in Medical News Today, a poll surveying 1,000 Americans found that people oppose the cosmetic tax by a 52 – 43 percent margin. The proposal recommends a 5 percent excise tax to be placed on cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, including popular injectables like Botox® and Juvederm® as well as breast reduction surgery, facelifts, and liposuction. The tax would not apply to any reconstructive procedures and is expected to raise $5.8 billion over the next ten years to help pay for the government’s healthcare reform plan.

Critics of the plan say that the tax would disproportionately affect middle-class women, who are the most likely to opt for these types of procedures. Americans too, according to the poll, were more likely to disagree with the tax once they discovered that 60 percent of potential plastic surgery patients reported a household income of 30K to 90K a year. The poll also found that people the age of 45 or older, were more likely to oppose the tax. This is not surprising, as many people opt for plastic surgery to combat the effects of aging.

Whether you agree with the proposed cosmetic surgery tax or not is a personal decision; but we will continue to follow this story to see if it makes it into the final health care reform bill. More up to date articles are being posted onto Southern Plastic Surgery’s Facebook fan page. Click here to become a fan of Dr. Whiteman and Southern Plastic Surgery.