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.

Answering Some Common Questions about Man Boobs

Male breast enlargement or man boobs, known medically as gynecomastia, is far more common than many people realize. According to estimates from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), as much as 40% of American men will experience some form of gynecomastia in their lifetime. Although there are a number of known lifestyle and medical factors that can lead to gynecomastia, many cases stem from unknown sources, which is why I receive so many questions about this condition and how it can be treated. That’s why I’ve taken a moment to answer some of the more common questions about gynecomastia:

Answering Some Common Questions about Man BoobsQuestion1: I underwent male breast reduction surgery 2 weeks ago. I have noticed some healing, but my chest is still puffy and bruised. Is this normal?

A.) This is pretty normal. Bruising and swelling can increase slightly after the removal of any tape or dressing following male breast reduction. Post-surgery bruising will typically decrease over a 3-4 week period, but it could as long as 6 weeks for certain patients. Most swelling will normally be gone within 3-4 weeks, though some patients will need between 6-9 weeks for it to disappear completely. I recommend all male breast reduction patients wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and speed up the healing process.

Question 2: Can I combat my Gynecomastia with rigorous chest exercises?

A.) Unfortunately not. Though chest exercises may be able to help certain patients who are overweight, gynecomastia for many men is caused by several different factors including excess glandular tissue that results from changes during puberty, steroid use, marijuana use or other hormonal shifts. That is why diet and exercise can only do so much to reduce male breast enlargement in most gynecomastia patients. Male breast reduction results offer improvements that even the most rigorous exercise routine simply cannot.

Question 3: Is a compression garment required after my male breast reduction?

A.) As I stated above, wearing a compression garment following surgery for gynecomastia is highly recommended. Compression helps to prevent the wounds under the skin from accumulating fluid while also holding tissue in place during healing. If fluid builds up or the tissue becomes displaced as a result of not wearing a compression garment, you will take longer to heal and your surgery results can be greatly compromised.

The first step towards successfully treating gynecomastia is determining the root cause of your breast enlargement problem. The sooner you understand the cause of your condition, the sooner you can consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon (like myself) to discuss the possibility of male breast reduction surgery. For more information or to schedule your complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips, news and updates.

Say Hello to Summer Plastic Surgery & Skincare Savings

Skincare and plastic surgery don’t discriminate – it’s all inclusive to men and women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and races. I have noticed that more men, in particular, are discovering the great benefits of cosmetic procedures. They’re joining their spouses to try the latest skincare treatments because they too want to improve their self-image and achieve their goals with the help of plastic surgery procedures like male breast reduction, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and facelifts (to name the top five). There are numerous different motivations for why men elective to undergo cosmetic procedures, but at the very core, improving their self-confidence, achieving the look that best compliments them, being competitive in business, and generally just feeling better about their reflection in the mirror resonate with my male patients. In honor of Father’s Day this month, Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center are featuring special savings on laser treatments, skincare, and more that you and the special men in your life can enjoy.

LL_Jun_2016_Summer_FinalSculpSure™ fat reduction featured in Best Self Magazine

If you get a chance to pick up the latest copy of Best Self Magazine, you’ll see our latest SculpSure™ nonsurgical fat reduction system featured in their June issue. All month long, receive $100 OFF your first treatment and discover why this 25-minute treatment has been praised on The Doctors, NBC News, Extra, and more. SculpSure™ has been a great addition to our procedures because patients who aren’t ready or willing to undergo surgical cosmetic procedures like achieving similar body-contouring results with FDA-approved nonsurgical fat reduction methods.

June Specials

June 19th is coming up close and we want to make sure Father’s Day is special for your loved ones with this month’s special savings:

  • NEW! Airbrush ECO Tan® {Buy THREE sessions, get ONE FREE}: Get a bronzed summer glow without putting your skin at risk of skin cancer with an airbrush tan that is customized to your preferences. Using all-natural and organic ingredients, airbrush tans are performed by our licensed and experienced aesthetician to help you avoid orange-dyed skin this summer.
  • Laser Hair Removal {20% OFF any laser hair removal package}: Who really wants to spend a ton of their free time shaving? Living a razor-free and hair-free life is not a myth, it’s a possibility with the help of laser hair removal; no more waxing, razor burn, shaving cream spills, or embarrassment.
  • SilkPeel® Microdermabrasion {Buy TWO treatments, get 50% OFF THIRD treatment}: Microdermabrasion treatments have remained one of the most popular skincare treatments for many years because it’s able to treat a wide range of skin concerns like acne, scarring, uneven skin tone, fine lines, and age spots. SilkPeel® is an updated customizable microdermabrasion treatment that uses a diamond-tipped wand to gently remove dead/damaged skin cells on the face to stimulate new growth.
  • Cellulite Reduction & Skin Firming {25% OFF first treatment}: We use Viora® Reaction™ to treat pesky cellulite that doesn’t seem to budge no matter how well we eat or keep up an exercise routine. Combining controlled heat and vacuum pressure, Viora® is most popularly used for body contouring benefits to reduce cellulite by toning the skin for a younger appearance (as an added bonus, Viora® can also be used for facial skin tightening).
  • MicroLaserPeel {$100 OFF for the face OR face + neck}: The advancements and innovation of modern technology has done wonders for helping patients maintain healthy and radiant looking skin. MicroLaserPeels use laser technology to treat age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and more.
  • Laser Tattoo Removal {Buy THREE treatments, get FOURTH treatment FREE}: Whether you’ve outgrown or changed your mind about a tattoo on your body, removing it is a bit more complex than just washing the ink off. Now, advanced laser systems can target once permanent tattoo ink of various ages, sizes, locations, and ink colors in shorter treatments than ever before.

Finding an ideal gift for men can be just as difficult as finding an ideal gift for women, which is why gift certificates are a great way to let your loved ones decide what they’d like the most. Both Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center offer gift certificates that are good towards all cosmetic services and procedures. We try to freshen up our special each month, so even if there isn’t something mentioned above that they’d like, they can wait until next time to try – but either way, they’re sure to get exactly what they like.

For details on June events and special savings at SPS and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, check out our flyers below. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 770-622-9100 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation or Laser Lights appointment!