Common Cosmetic Procedures for Men over 40

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.

Common Cosmetic Procedures for Men over 40Liposuction

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.

Facelifts for Men: The New Normal

It’s no secret that plastic surgery for men has become far more common over the years. According to statistics gathered by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of cosmetic procedures performed annually on men has increased over 325% since 1997 and continues to steadily increase every year. Although there has been an increase in cosmetic surgeries tailored specifically to men like male breast reduction, data shows that more men than ever are opting for universal procedures like facelifts.

Facelifts for Men The New NormalOver 13,000 facelifts were performed on men in the US last year alone, making it the fifth most popular cosmetic procedure for men. The social stigma associated with men undergoing plastic surgery seems to be fading. The perception that a facelift is only for models and movie stars has gone by the wayside as more men are opting to undergo the procedure to restore their youthfulness and look their best.

Some of this increase in popularity is the result of technological breakthroughs in the field that allow for more natural, masculine results. These breakthroughs include the Z-plasty, a technique I use underneath the chin for certain patients that can help limit recovery time. For many men in the corporate world, maintaining a youthful appearance is essential for remaining vital in a highly competitive environment.

In a piece published by Business Insider, male plastic surgery patients were divided into 4 categories, including the “CEO or Board Member”. These patients are typically successful, experienced businessmen who opt for procedures like facelifts as a means to match how they look with how they feel. For many of these patients, surgeons have coined the phrase “Forbes facelift” which is a combination procedure that combines a facelift with a neck lift and sometimes a brow lift.

In addition to cosmetic surgery procedures, men are also using non-invasive treatments like Botox® cosmetic injections to help restore a more youthful appearance. Regardless of the motivation, what’s clear is that more men than ever are willing do whatever it takes to achieve the appearance they desire and that this trend is unlikely to go away any time soon. If you would like more information on facelift procedures, mini facelifts, eye lifts or other cosmetic surgery options, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation. You can also follow Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter & Google+ for more stories and updates.