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More Men Seeking Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery isn’t all about breast enhancements, buttock augmentations, Botox or liposuction for women. For a growing number of men seeking a "r...

Plastic surgery isn’t all about breast enhancements, buttock augmentations, Botox or liposuction for women. For a growing number of men seeking a “redo” in their appearance and a boost in their self-esteem, the plastic surgeon’s office is the destination for the “Daddy Makeover.”

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, one in 10 of all cosmetic procedures is performed on men. These include facial enhancements – like facelifts, rhinoplasty (or nose jobs), eyelids, Botox, Dysport, fillers and even “smart lipo” for those growing “love handles” or belly fat.

A growing number also are seeking laser treatment for facial blemishes and body or back hair.

But this goes way beyond “manscaping” – the practice of culling unwanted hair. Male patients are seeking these “touch ups” to help combat some signs of aging that diet and exercise alone may not be able to compete against.

After all, anyone who watches their physique knows that not all body fat responds equally to exercise. Such “trouble spots” – especially the belly or waist – can be improved by the correct liposuction procedure, like liposculpture and laser liposuction, such as Slim Lipo.

Some men seek a reduction of fatty breast tissue which may be a result of weight changes or a condition called gynecomastia (development of male breast tissue).  Often this procedure can be performed with liposuction alone and enhanced results are possible with laser liposuction.  Dr. Simon recently treated a young man with excessive breast tissue growth secondary to anabolic steroid use.  The breast tissue and chest fat was addressed with laser liposuction (Slim Lipo) to unveil his chiseled chest with no scarring.

Plastic and cosmetic surgeons are using Botox, Dysport and fillers to address men’s facial wrinkles, blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) to remove excess or droopy skin of the upper eyelids and reduce the puffy or tired appearance of the lower eyelids.

Dr. Simon recently treated a man in his 50s.  He was very fit and exercised regularly.  However, he had some bothersome excess fat of the lower abdomen and waist which was treated successfully with liposcupture. He was very pleased with the results. (His wife was quite pleased as well)

Even simple cosmetic procedures can boost one’s self-esteem. Psychological studies have proven that a better physical appearance – for men and women – can enhance one’s confidence, job opportunities and career enhancement.

And this isn’t just for older Baby Boomers or seniors. Generation X men – including 30-somethings – are feeling welcome in the plastic surgeon’s office.

Men are becoming more conscious about their appearance – and women have no monopoly on wanting to feel good about their looks. To be sure, this physical “reset” cannot work on its own. Exercise is important to maintaining a healthy body and fit physique.

But for those men for whom diet and exercise alone won’t cut it, the male makeover might be a solution.