Plastic surgery was never “just for women,” but it seems that people are only just beginning to realize that. Since 2000, the number of men who are seeking plastic surgery, either on the face or body, has risen sharply, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Men might have slightly different reasons for having surgery than women. Here are a few of the more common reasons people choose plastic surgery for men.
To Get Ahead at Work
Whether it’s an eyelid lift or a neck lift, one of the major reasons why men seek out surgery is to get ahead at the office or to remain competitive in the workforce. The desire to stay competitive has always been there for many employees, but it seems as if the high rate of job loss experienced during the recession and the feeling some workers have that they’ll “be replaced” by younger people has made things even more competitive.
Although it’s not legal to fire someone because of age, many men would rather play it safe. If they can have a facelift or neck lift to take a few years or even a decade off of their appearance, they are going to go for it.
To Improve a “Dad Bod”
It happens to everyone. You get a bit older, you don’t have time to hit the gym as much, or your metabolism slows down. The next thing you know, you wake up one morning with a “dad bod.” Guys with dad bods aren’t necessarily overweight, but they do have a bit of chubbiness going on. They might have a little beer belly, for example.
It’s no wonder liposuction is one of the most popular surgeries for men. The goal of liposuction isn’t weight loss. Instead, it’s meant to get rid of pockets of unwanted, stubborn fat. Guys who have tried to get rid of the fat by exercising or diet, but who haven’t seen much in the way of results will often choose liposuction to help them get the body shape they want.
To Get Rid of Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia, or the development of male breasts, can be a particularly embarrassing condition to have, even though it’s fairly common. A number of things can cause guys to develop breasts, from weight gain to drinking and from hormone changes to some types of medical conditions. Fortunately, there is a surgery, known as male breast reduction, that can improve gynecomastia. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it’s actually the most commonly performed surgery on males. The number of male breast reductions performed has increased by 29 percent since the year 2000.
To Look More in Shape or More Masculine
For some guys, getting rid of the “dad bod” is enough. Some others would like surgery to look more toned and in shape overall though. Several surgeries, such as calf implants, are designed to enhance certain areas of the body. A guy might not be super muscular and toned, but with the help of a few well-placed implants, he can look it.
Some facial surgeries can also help guys look more masculine. For example, the shape, size and projection of the nose all play a role in how “manly” a guy’s face looks. Rhinoplasty to make a small, dainty nose larger or to reduce the angle of the nasal tip are very popular. Some guys also benefit from a chin augmentation surgery, which helps strengthen a weak chin and can balance out the facial features.
Technology Has Gotten Better
Another thing that’s brought more and more men to the plastic surgeon’s office? An improvement in technology and technique. Years ago, treatments such as Botox and injections weren’t a thing. Scars from surgery were also larger and the procedures were usually much more invasive.
Nowadays, a guy who want to take care of some crow’s feet or frown lines need only spend a few minutes in the surgeon’s office, getting an injection of Botox. Endoscopic surgery techniques allow the surgeon to make incisions in well-concealed areas. Shorter recovery times due to less invasive procedures means guys can get back to work sooner, without having to come up with a long, elaborate excuse for why they were out of the office.
If you’re a guy considering plastic surgery, the first step is to discuss your options with a top rated plastic surgeon who’s dedicated to producing natural results. In Houston, Texas, Dr. Paul Vitenas is a board certified surgeon who regularly performs facial and body surgeries on men and women. To see if you’re a candidate for surgery, call 281-484-0088 today.