Women aren’t the only patients who opt for plastic surgery. While it might be that women make up a larger percentage of patients, plenty of men take advantage of procedures to enhance their health and well-being.
Here are some examples:
Hair transplant, by far the most common procedure for men. However, it is an option for women as well. The procedure is done under local anesthesia, and the grafted hair should grow for a lifetime. Whether NeoGraft or “strip” is used to get the grafts, the grafts are the same, and the results look completely natural. Downtime is a few days.
Gynecomastia, which means large breasts on a male. This can occur during puberty, or with excess weight gain, and/or at an older age when testosterone levels diminish and estrogen levels increase. This problem is very common and can be embarrassing for men.
The treatment involves liposuction and/or removing breast tissue through a small incision just below the areola. This, according to the severity, can also be performed under local anesthesia if desired. Men having had this procedure are elated with the result.
“Turkey gobbler” surgery for excess skin and/or fat in the neck. This can be treated with liposuction, removal of skin, or Renuvion radiofrequency. Facelifts usually include the neck, but many men prefer something simpler and more direct, such as a direct removal of skin and liposuction.
This is uniformly successful. There is a scar at the front of the neck, which is only faint in virtually all cases. Patients have been happy with their younger neck appearance.
An alternative minimal surgery procedure as mentioned is the Renuvion, a high-tech probe that emits radio-frequency heat and Helium to create heat to shrink collagen and elastin. This procedure is done under local anesthesia. Recovery time is minimal and is indicated for mild to moderate sagging necks.
Liposuction of the hated “love handles” and the lower abdomen is common. The procedure can be done with local or general anesthesia, and recovery time is minimal. If the skin needs tightening, the Renuvion radiofrequency with Helium can be used at the same time.
Fillers (volumizers) to fill the lost volume and the depressions of the face that occur with aging. Typical fillers are: Juvederm products such as Voluma, Restylane products (Lyft, Kysse), Sculptra or Bellafill. They are extremely effective in turning back the clock for males and females.
Other than the possibility of bruising and minor swelling, one can go back to work that day or the next. Improvements can be dramatic if performed with skill.
Upper and/or lower eyelid surgery often done under local anesthesia. Great care must be taken to avoid the appearance of feminine eyes. Sutures are usually removed in five days, and there is some bruising and swelling following surgery.
A lower eyelid lift usually involves removing the “bags” and can be done with the upper lid surgery or alone. Sometimes both fat and skin should be removed.
E. Ronald Finger, MD, FACS is a board certified plastic surgeon with offices in Savannah and Bluffton. fingerandassociates.com