We used to think of plastic surgery as something only the rich and famous could afford. It was almost perceived by many people as unnecessary and unnatural, due to the primitive technology of the time.
You can probably remember a horror story or two of a certain celebrity who got botox injected in their face and were never able to make facial expressions again, or of Michael Jackson, who got his nose surgically massacred until it fell off his face every time he sneezed.
Plastic surgery is available for everyone nowadays -- including men.
The skill level of plastic surgeons is currently so high that you wouldn’t even realize if a man who’d had plastic surgery walked in front of you right now. Surgery has gotten so sophisticated that procedures for fixing everything from oversized breasts to unsightly belly fat are now available to the average man on a basic salary.
Not Just for the Super-Wealthy
Men everywhere are turning to plastic surgery to stay looking young and fresh, and to keep up with their younger counterparts. One study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that there has been a 20% increase in the number of men undergoing plastic surgery procedures, and most of those are minimally invasive surgeries like fillers or botox.
It’s become evident that plastic surgery for men is quickly losing the taboo it once held, and instead is starting to be viewed as something more like maintenance work -- akin to going to the gym and eating healthy.
Something for Everyone
While most men tend to opt for basic procedures like botox or fillers, there are procedures for nearly anything you could want to change about yourself nowadays. Some of the most popular plastic surgeries for men include:
- Male Breast Reduction
- Penile Enhancement Surgery
- Abdominal Etching
- Implants for Bodybuilders
- Eyelid Surgery
- Nose Surgery
- Tattoo Removal
- Butt Implants
- Tie Tuck
This is one of the most common procedures for men, because having enlarged breasts as a man is incredibly unsightly and quite honestly is an instant turn-off for most women. Having unusually enlarged breasts is called gynecomastia, and men can get to this point for many reasons, including:
- Hormone Imbalances in Teens and Infants
- Anabolic Steroid Abuse
- Substance Abuse
- Taking Certain Medications
- Other Health Conditions that Imbalance the Hormones
Before performing breast reduction surgery, your doctor will perform tests to determine if your enlarged breasts are caused by chest fat or something more serious, like an abscess or a tumor.
Once the decision is made to perform the surgery, you will be sedated with anesthesia and IV medication until you are completely unconscious. Doctors will then probably use liposuction and incisions to remove fat and skin tissue as needed until your breast/pectoral area is looking nice and tight.
Recovery time for this procedure is very short and most patients usually recover within 2 or 3 days. The success rates for this surgery are very high; a successful breast reduction surgery will be completely discreet and unnoticeable, and will hugely increase your self-confidence levels.
This is another one of the most common trends in plastic surgeries for men, for obvious reasons. If you feel like you can’t measure up to other men, there is hope for you. There are a variety of different surgical and non-surgical procedures (penile enhancement surgery being one of them) that can increase both the length and the girth of your penis.
Most men aren’t even aware of the fact that nearly 50% of their penis is hidden inside their body. With a simple incision and release of the suspensory ligament that holds your penis up straight during erection, your penis can be naturally lengthened by 1 or 2 full inches. The incision made to achieve this is hidden underneath your pubic hair and isn't noticeable to anyone.
If it’s girth you're searching for, this is also attainable. Surgeons can harvest fat from other places on your body, like your love handles or buttocks, and inject it into your penis. Alloderm can also be injected to increase girth. One new technique for penis widening is called a dermal fat graft. The harvested fat is surgically implanted along the length of your penis and allowed to grow there, causing your penis to become much thicker than it previously was.
If you have excess skin in your pubic region that is drooping down over your penis and causing it to look smaller than it really is, you can have a procedure performed that’s known as “pubic lift.” The excess skin will be removed and will result in your penis looking like it has more length.
If you want to achieve similar results to surgical penile enhancement options but don't want to go under the knife, there is an option for you as well. Dermal filler can be injected into your penis to increase the length and girth of your penis -- albeit temporarily. This procedure is FDA-approved and is nearly painless as well.
Liposuction isn’t just for breast reduction; it can be used on almost any part of the body. Liposuction is probably one of the very first plastic surgery procedures you ever heard of, and the technology behind it is as close to 100% refined as it's likely to get. Liposuction in a nutshell is the use of scalpels and suction tubes to suck out excess fat. This allows surgeons to sculpt a person's body to the exact measurements they would like, effectively turning them into an ancient Greek statue.
Many people find it hard to deal with excess fat on their bodies, even with proper diet and exercise. Before the days of plastic surgery, people just had to live with this and accept it, but not anymore. There are now specialized liposuction machines that not only suck away fat, but stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin as well.
The average liposuction procedure takes less than two hours and is one of the safest plastic surgery options available. There are typically 3 types of liposuction available:
- Laser Liposuction
- Ultrasonic Liposuction
- Tumescent Liposuction
Tumescent liposuction is a process that uses infused fluid to break down fat, which assists with its removal. Ultrasonic liposuction uses transmitted waves of pressure the penetrate through the skin to dissolve unsightly fat, which facilitates its easier removal and elimination. Laser liposuction uses a laser probe that heats up to a temperature that liquefies your fat and allows for its extremely easy removal.
The recovery process for all of these procedures is very fast, and there is usually only some minor swelling and bruising which clears up quickly. Garments used to tighten skin after a procedure are worn for a few weeks after surgery, but patients can usually get back to their normal activities within days.
There are also more unconventional methods for eliminating fat, like freezing it off instead of sucking it out. This is non-surgical, making it popular with those who have an aversion to knives and surgery.
4. Implants for BodyBuilders
Bodybuilding is by definition “building up” your body. But what do you do when no amount of exercise and diet can get you to the size you want? This is where implants come in. While not every muscle group is available for implants, the main ones are covered. These include:
Calves can be one of the hardest muscle groups to build up; unless you spend a lifetime running up stairs and jumping up and down, it's doubtful you’re going to achieve the thick, square physique of someone with sculpted calves, no matter how many calf raises you do. Calf implants are both a permanent and safe way to get the physique you’re looking for, with hardly any effort involved.
When you get a calf implant, an incision is made on the back of your knee and a pocket is created to put the implant in. A silicone implant is then slid right into the pocket, resulting in a calf that is indistinguishable from a non-surgically enhanced one - save for that thick, smooth look you’ve always wanted.
Bicep implants are also available for those who want to have arms that look strong and defined -- without having to do thousands of bicep curls. This procedure also uses a silicone implant inserted through an incision that is hidden from plain sight. Bicep implants tend to be incredibly natural-looking, and most patients are completely satisfied with the size improvement they receive.
Chest muscles can also be very hard to build up; even if you do push-ups all day for the rest of your life, you won't achieve the size that a pectoral implant can give you. The pectoral is one of the easiest muscles to enhance with implants and it usually looks very natural when completed. A solid silicone implant is inserted underneath your real pectoral muscle through an incision in your armpit. Once this is done, the incision is sewn up and you will need to wear a compression vest for a few days until it heals up. The resulting outcome is a defined chest that feels very muscular and natural to the touch.
When it comes to muscle groups that are difficult to sculpt, none are harder than the abs. It takes serious dedication to working out your abs, and eating right to attain the sculpted six-pack look you see on late-night infomercials. We bet you didn't know that everybody has abs -- most people’s are just covered up by stubborn belly fat.
While you might have heard the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen,” they’re also made in the doctor's office, thanks to abdominal etching.
Abdominal etching is the use of liposuction to sculpt out the abs in a manner that accentuates the ab muscles, giving you a six-pack -- or even an eight-pack if you have the muscle structure for it. This procedure is very safe and is extremely popular for this reason.
During an abdominal etching procedure you will be placed under anesthesia, and surgeons will use a smartlipo technique that uses lasers to liquefy your fat before it's sucked out. This method of liposuction reduces the amount of trauma to surrounding tissue and greatly reduces recovery time as well. This technique specifically achieves the result of giving your abs a ripped, chiseled appearance.
The recovery time is very quick, with most patients being able to return to work within 2 days. There is some slight bruising and swelling in the abdominal area that usually goes away after a week or so. A velcro compression wrap will need to be worn for about two weeks after the procedure to help speed up recovery and reduce swelling.
Even More Options Are Becoming Popular Today
In addition to these five main trends in plastic surgery for men, there are a few others gaining popularity as well. Surgeries such as the tie tuck, which is used to tighten up the jawline, and even butt implants are gaining popularity among men today with facelifts, nose surgery, eyelid surgery, and tattoo removals not too far behind.
Plastic surgery for men is no longer seen as a freakish and horrifying thing to partake in. As our technological abilities increase, plastic surgery will be considered tame and completely normal compared to what we have in store for us. (Hint - genetic engineering, cybernetic implants.)
Men are no longer battling such a strong taboo against plastic surgery, and some of the procedures mentioned above like liposuction, abdominal sculpting, penile enhancement, breast reduction and others are excellent ways for people to get the body they've always dreamed of.
The fact that we can now cheat nature and sculpt our natural bodies any way that we want is a beautiful thing -- if you view it in the correct light. Plastic surgery is the wave of the future and soon almost everyone you know will have had some kind of procedure done. With costs continuing to decrease and public acceptance continuing to increase, it's safe to say that plastic surgery for men is here to stay, truly disproving the common saying that “money can’t buy happiness.”