How Body Contouring Procedures Can Help Men Improve Their Appearance

Although in the past there was a perception that cosmetic surgery was almost exclusively for women, the truth is that cosmetic procedures for men become more and more commonplace every year. Because plastic surgery as a whole has increased in popularity, I have noticed a large influx of male patients seeking cosmetic alterations in recent years. And why not? In such a competitive economy, it makes sense that more guys would want to look their very best. Instead of detailing the entire menu of cosmetic procedures available for men, I have decided to focus on three of the most popular body contouring procedures I perform on male patients who seek to achieve a more toned, masculine physique.

How Body Contouring Procedures Can Help Men Improve Their AppearanceMany men strive for a trim, athletic-looking body contour. However, as the years go on, this can become challenging to maintain. Stubborn, excess fat can accrue over time in areas all over the body including the abdomen, flanks (or “love handles”), chest, back, and neck. Liposuction can effectively remove fat from these areas that can be virtually impossible to reduce with diet and exercise alone. Because most men’s skin typically retains elasticity longer than most women’s, liposuction can be even more successful in helping men tone and shape their bodies.

A flat, masculine chest contour is another crucial component of a rejuvenated, healthy-looking appearance. Unfortunately, many men suffer from gynecomastia, a condition in which an excess of glandular breast tissue can create enlargement in the male breast. While many guys may think this is something that can be improved by eating right and exercising regularly, true gynecomastia is caused by an imbalance of hormones, not weight gain. Meaning, to truly treat gynecomastia and improve their physique, male breast reduction surgery may be required.

Lastly, a tummy tuck can have a significant impact on guys who want to improve the appearance of their abdomen and waist. It’s common for guys to be left with excess, hanging abdominal skin after undergoing considerable weight loss. A tummy tuck can help guys flatten their abs by removing excess skin and fat while tightening the abdominal muscles and trimming the waistline.

There has never been a better time for men to improve their appearance with cosmetic procedures. From the body contouring procedures mentioned above to post-weight loss surgery, facial procedures, and more, guys have more options than ever to help them look and feel their very best. Please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery for more information on cosmetic surgery for men or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for the latest plastic surgery news, tips, and photos.

Questions to Ask During Your Male Breast Reduction Consultation

For men ranging from teenagers to seniors, gynecomastia can be the cause of considerable embarrassment and frustration. Even if their breast enlargement isn’t causing any physical distress, larger-than-normal male breasts can take a serious toll on a guy’s self-esteem and ability to feel comfortable in his own skin. This is why I perform male breast reduction surgery on patients of nearly all ages. Male breast reduction allows me to remove excess tissue to reduce the male breast. I can even use fat removed during the procedure to enhance the pectoral muscles to create a more manly physique.

male breast reduction surgery consultation informationLike any other cosmetic surgery procedure, male breast reduction requires planning and preparation. It’s important to take your pre-surgery consultation seriously and do plenty of research in the lead-up to your initial appointment. So think long and hard about your specific aesthetic issues and what you hope to achieve through male breast reduction. In order to help everyone maximize the potential of their male breast reduction, I have recommended some simple, essential questions to ask your plastic surgeon during your male breast reduction consultation.

  • What board certifications have you earned?
  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • How much experience do you have performing male breast reduction surgery?
  • Can I see before-and-after photos from some of your past male breast reduction patients?
  • Am I a good candidate for male breast reduction?
  • How long will it take to see my final male breast reduction results?
  • Will my surgery require a hospital stay and, if so, at which hospitals do you have hospital privileges?
  • Will I have scarring after my procedure?
  • How should I prepare in the days and weeks leading up to my male breast reduction?
  • How much recovery time will I need following my surgery?

I know that most patients will likely have more specific questions unique to their situation. However, these questions can provide an excellent baseline from which to begin. To help get the most out of your consultation phase, do your research and come prepared when you meet face to face with your board-certified plastic surgeon. If you would like to schedule your plastic surgery consultation with me, Dr. David Whiteman, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow me on social media for even more access to everything Southern Plastic Surgery.

Cosmetic Surgery FAQ’s with Dr. David Whiteman

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, part of my job is helping educate my patients about the various cosmetic procedures that I perform. Patient education is an integral part of the plastic surgery process. That’s why I’m always happy to answer any questions my patients have about various cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments available at Southern Plastic Surgery. By sharing certain questions I have received, my goal is to both inform and encourage others not to be shy if they have questions of their own. This week I’m fielding questions about some of my most in-demand cosmetic procedures: male breast reduction, mommy makeovers, facelifts & mini facelifts.

best-atlanta-plastic-surgeonDear Dr. Whiteman,

I’m a guy who has been dealing with the embarrassment of enlarged breasts for years. After recently hearing about it for the first time, I am very interested in male breast reduction. My question is: if I undergo this procedure, can my man boobs grow back down the road?

Sincerely,
“D”

Dear “D”,

Enlarged breasts in men, known as gynecomastia, is often caused by a hormonal issue that leads to excess breast tissue. Instead of attacking the symptoms, male breast reduction treats the root cause of gynecomastia by surgically removing the extra breast tissue. Because of this, results from male breast reduction can last a lifetime. However, it’s vital that you follow your surgeon’s post-surgery recommendations closely in order to maintain your male breast reduction results. Gynecomastia can reoccur as a result of steroid use, abuse of recreational drugs, certain medical conditions, or even considerable weight gain.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

In your opinion, when is the right time to undergo a mommy makeover? Do I have to be a mommy first?

Sincerely,
“R”

Dear “R”,

You do not have to be a mommy to undergo a mommy makeover, but there are other considerations to be aware of before having your surgery. For starters, it’s important to remember that a mommy makeover consists of three body contouring procedures (a tummy tuck using my Scarpa fascia waist enhancement technique, liposuction, and a cosmetic breast surgery) and patients should not expect considerable weight loss after a mommy makeover. I advise my patients reach their goal weight before undergoing their procedure. Additionally, you should not consider a mommy makeover if you plan to become pregnant in the future, as pregnancy can negatively affect or even reverse the results of your procedure.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

I have begun to do some preliminary research about facelifts. Can you detail the difference between a full facelift and a mini facelift?

Sincerely,
“B”

Dear “B”,

Both a full facelift and a mini facelift (known as a rapid recovery lift) can help rejuvenate your appearance by tightening and smoothing facial skin. They differ in the degree to which they treat facial aging. Full facelifts are intended to provide more comprehensive rejuvenation to multiple areas of the face, whereas the mini facelift is specifically intended for patients who are showing early signs of aging in the lower third part of the face (including the neck, mid-face area, and jowls). During a consultation, I will explain the differences between these procedures in detail, including their respective recovery times required, to help determine which procedure is best for you.

I hope you found this helpful and informative. If you have a question of your own, don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. At Southern Plastic Surgery, we offer complimentary plastic surgery consultations for patients seeking guidance on how cosmetic surgery can help them achieve their aesthetic goals. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for additional news, photos, videos, and updates.