Plastic surgery continues to increase in popularity each year and a greater number of men are considering cosmetic enhancement. What are the most common types of plastic surgery for men?

  • Facial rejuvenation

Men often present to discuss options for facial rejuvenation. Botox may be a non-surgical option to soften dynamic lines of the forehead, glabellar, and crows’ feet regions.  An important consideration for men considering Botox injections of their forehead is brow position.  If brow position has lowered with time and appears heavy, injecting the frontalis (forehead) muscle may further lower the brow and increase the appearance of redundant upper eyelid skin.  Botox injections of the forehead may not recommended in these cases. Surgical options for men considering cosmetic facial enhancement include face and neck lift, brow lift, and eye lift.  Face lift surgery addresses signs of facial aging by sharpening the neck angle and reducing redundant skin of the lower face.  This softens the appearance of jowls and static wrinkles to achieve a more youthful facial appearance.  If aesthetic concerns are based on the periorbital region, eyelift or brow lift surgery may be other surgical options for facial rejuvenation.

  • Body Contouring plastic surgery for men

As rates of bariatric surgery increase, a greater number of men also present to discuss body contouring.  Redundant skin often develops of the abdomen, arms, and thighs following significant weight loss.  Plastic surgery for men may remove redundant tissue at these sites through tummy tuck, arm, or thigh lift surgery based on aesthetic concerns.  If loose skin is present of the abdomen and lower back, a circumferential tummy tuck may be an effective option to improve contour.  For men close to ideal body weight with persistent regions of fatty tissue unresponsive to diet and exercise, liposuction may be another option to achieve body contouring.  This technique depends on normal skin elasticity to achieve tightening of the skin following fatty tissue removal.

  • Gynecomastia surgery

One of the most common types of plastic surgery for men is correction of gynecomastia (male breast enlargement).   Surgical technique will depend on clinical presentation, ranging from liposuction for mild cases to resection of redundant breast tissue through a range of approaches if more severe.  For the most pronounced cases with skin redundancy, skin resection may also be required to improve chest contour.

Special considerations are taken during plastic surgery for men given a few important differences.  Incision patterns vary for men undergoing face and neck lift surgery given shorter hair styles in many cases and well as thicker skin.  Aesthetic goals will be carefully discussed for men considering face and neck lift to achieve a natural result and to avoid a feminizing appearance.  There is increased risk of bleeding for male face lifts, so blood pressure is carefully monitored and controlled through all phases of surgery including early recovery.  Risk of bleeding is also higher for gynecomastia cases as compared to female breast surgery.  Close monitoring is performed in addition to wearing a compression garment for 4-6 weeks post-operatively.  Following most types of plastic surgery for men, it is recommended to refrain from exercise and strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks as healing progresses.

Please contact us if considering plastic surgery for men in the Toronto region. Female plastic surgeon Dr. Stephanie Power will make personalized recommendations based on your aesthetic concerns.

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