Plastic surgery is increasingly becoming an everyday occurrence in our society. Plastic surgery’s applications are broad, ranging from purely cosmetic surgeries to correcting dangerous or impairing defects. While it is sometimes overgeneralized and associated with women, men increasingly request plastic surgery. The demand by men for plastic surgery has increased to such a degree that in 2016, roughly 1.3 million men had cosmetic work done, which accounted for about 8% of 2016’s procedures.
Rhinoplasties are one of the most common cosmetic procedures requested by men. Commonly called a “nose job,” rhinoplasties fix or alter the nose for medical or cosmetic reasons. They involve the breaking of the bone to allow it to be reset in a preferred position. Such restructuring can allow patients to breathe better through their noses or improve their profile and confidence.
Chin and Jaw Implants
Chin and jaw implants are also commonly sought after cosmetic surgeries by men. “Masculinity” is often portrayed physically as a strong jaw and chin line. By placing implants into the chin and jaw, plastic surgeons can enhance the profile of the jaw, creating a more “masculine” image.
Eyelid rejuvenation aims to help men restore a youthful visage by removing the wrinkles and other signs of aging around the eyes. This procedure removes surrounding fat and moves the tissue over the cheekbones to tighten the skin, creating a more youthful appearance.
Body sculpting is another popular cosmetic procedure for men. As men age, it’s not uncommon for their abdomen and flanks to thicken. Body sculpting can help reverse these effects by shaping and slimming these areas by removing fatty tissue. The removal of excess fatty tissue brings out an appearance reminiscent of one’s youth.
Another standard procedure for men is the neck lift. Neck lifts can help combat the loosening of the skin around the neck by tightening the skin around the neck. Like the chin and jaw implants, a neck lift can help create a more traditionally masculine visage.
This procedure works to combat men’s enlargement of the chest that results from overdeveloped breast tissue. Gynecomastia fights this condition by using targeted liposuction to remove the fat tissue that develops within the chest. For many, this procedure can help restore their self-confidence and avoid the embarrassment of not having a traditionally masculine chest.
A brow lift combats the signs of aging in the face, particularly the forehead. Brow lifts tighten the forehead and upper face skin to grant a more awake and youthful appearance.
Dermal Fillers/Injectable Treatments
Dermal fillers and injectable treatments create more volume and fullness, often in the cheeks and lips. These fillers can be used in various places to combat the wrinkles and looseness that often come with age.
Facelifts tighten the skin on the face and remove the signs of aging. This procedure commonly works to contour the face and create a youthful appearance.
Unlike many standard cosmetic procedures, fat grafting adds fat instead of removing fat. This procedure is performed by moving fatty tissue from one part of the body to another to create more fullness.
Buccal Fat Removal
Buccal fat removal is most simply understood as liposuction for one’s face, removing excess fat to create a more chiseled or sculpted look. Like many of the cosmetic procedures we’ve mentioned, this treatment works against the effects of aging by fighting looseness and defining facial contour.
A Parting Reminder
Far from past taboos, plastic surgery is increasingly accepted and sought after by men and women. While these 11 cosmetic procedures may be some of the most popular, they are by no means exhaustive. Instead, they only represent a small portion of an overarching trend: men increasingly seek cosmetic surgery.