As we have acknowledged here before, cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more common for men in the US. This is especially true for male professionals above the age of 40. This makes sense when you consider that these men are the types of patients who seek cosmetic procedures as a way to revitalize their appearance in order to stay competitive in their respective career fields. While we know that more men than ever are opting for cosmetic procedures, the specific procedures these men commonly seek is less common knowledge. With that in mind, I’m writing today to give you more insight on 3 of the most common types of plastic surgery for men over 40.
As men age, fat deposits can build up in areas like the abdomen, love handles and chest. This is common even for men who are generally at a healthy weight and don’t suffer from excess fat elsewhere on their body. The fat in these areas can often be stubborn and hard to remove, even with rigorous exercise and a healthy diet. Liposuction is perfect for removing fat from these troublesome areas to help better shape a man’s body. It’s no surprise that liposuction is the most common cosmetic procedure in the US each year.
Male Breast Reduction
Enlarged breasts (or gynecomastia) can be another common issue for men as their body’s age. Whether their issue is caused by a hormone imbalance or carrying excess overweight, gynecomastia can be embarrassing and emotionally stressful for men. Male breast reduction surgery involves using liposuction to remove excess fat and tissue from the breast area to flatten and improve the contour of the chest.
Drooping eyelids can be a telltale sign of aging. Eyelids sometimes begin to sag when the eyelids stretch and the muscles supporting them weaken as we grow older. This leads to fat building up under the eyelids and the aforementioned drooping. Though this issue is often purely cosmetic, the drooping skin can sometimes affect a person’s peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty (or eyelid surgery) removes excess fat and skin from around the eyes, creating a more refreshed look. Statistics collected by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that the number of men who annually opted for a blepharoplasty procedure increased by 34% between 2010 – 2015.
The once common social stigma around men and cosmetic surgery is a thing of the past. It’s more apparent than ever that men are willing do whatever it takes to achieve the appearance they desire. If you would like more information on male plastic surgery procedures, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation. You can also check out our before & after galleries and follow Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter & Google+ for more stories and updates.