As do women, men often take advantage of the services of plastic surgeons. The following are the most common problems seen:
NeoGraft Hair Transplant is by far the most common plastic surgery procedure for men. However, it is for women and people of any ethnicity as well.
The procedure is done under local anesthesia, and the grafted hair should grow for a lifetime. There are no scars to be seen, it’s virtually painless, and the results look completely natural. Downtime is a few days.
Fillers (volumizers) to fill the lost volume and the depressions of the face that occur with aging. Typical fillers are: Juvederm products (Voluma, Vollure), Restylane products (Lyft, Defyne), and Sculptra.
These 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 the treatments are performed with skill.
Liposuction of the hated “love handles.” The lower abdomen is another common problem area. I prefer to use the Tickle Liposuction, because the complication rate is lower than the energy-sourced liposuction equipment (lasers, ultrasonic). The procedure can often be done with local anesthesia, and recovery time is minimal.
Upper and-or lower eyelid surgery is 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.
Gynecomastia means large breasts on a male. This occurs during puberty, 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 to reduce or remove excess skin and fat in the neck. This can be treated with liposuction, removal of skin, or ThermiTight.
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 ThermiTight, a high-tech probe that both emits radio-frequency heat and monitors temperature.
This basically melts fat and tightens skin under local anesthesia. Recovery time is minimal and is indicated for mild to moderate sagging necks.
E. Ronald Finger, MD, FACS is a board certified plastic surgeon with offices in Savannah and Bluffton. fingerandassociates.com