Plastic surgery may have once been thought of as something that only women did — but times are changing quickly. Today, many men are choosing plastic surgery procedures like male breast reduction, liposuction, eyelid surgery, brow lift, neck lift, and more. While plastic surgery is now normal for both women and men, there are some unique things about plastic surgery for men. Here’s what you need to know as a man who’s considering plastic surgery.

The Difference Between Male and Female Plastic Surgery

While plastic surgery procedures are performed in much the same way whether it’s a man or a woman, there are still some differences between male and female plastic surgery. When a male patient has facial plastic surgery like a facelift, the incisions are placed a little differently than they would be in a female due to the different hairline. The male face and body is typically heavier and larger than that of the female, so surgical incisions may be slightly larger than those used in females. In general, male and female plastic surgery is very similar.

Male Patient Goals and Popular Procedures

For any man having plastic surgery, the goal should be a personal improvement rather than unattainable goals like trying to become a double of a celebrity. Most men who have plastic surgery want to be more masculine looking or more chiseled. Many men want plastic surgery to achieve a stronger jaw, sharper cheekbones, or a more angular face — all goals that increase the masculine appearance. Men rarely want a dainty nose, but that’s a common plastic surgery goal for women.

Male breast reduction is a very popular plastic surgery procedure for men who suffer from gynecomastia. This procedure can remove the excess tissue and create a more toned look for the chest. Another popular procedure for men is liposuction in the abdominal area. This is especially popular among men who can’t get rid of the belly fat through diet and exercise. Although body surgeries like liposuction and male breast reduction are still the most popular procedures for men, facial procedures are growing more popular as well. Many men are now opting for facelift, eyelid surgery, brow lift, or other facial surgeries as they age.

From Injectables to Surgical Procedures

Injectables like Botox® and Juvederm® are becoming more popular in men today, as well. For men who aren’t quite ready for plastic surgery — but who still want cosmetic improvement — injectables may be the answer. Botox® is used to relax away fine to moderate facial wrinkles. Juvederm® is used to add volume in the face, most often in facial folds, cheeks, and lips. These two injectables can be used at the same time to perform a temporary improvement for the whole face, a procedure sometimes called a liquid facelift. While results with injectables can be quite impressive, it’s important to remember that they last less than a year while surgery like facelift lasts for many years. In many cases, men who opt for plastic surgery may have regular Botox® and Juvederm® treatments to maintain their youthful appearance and prevent new wrinkles from forming.

Male Plastic Surgery: Not as Uncommon as You Think

Decades ago, male plastic surgery was thought of as quite unusual. However, in more recent times the growth of plastic surgery among men has been tremendous. Over the last 20 years, male plastic surgery has increased by 325%. There has also been a dramatic increase in a number of non-invasive cosmetic procedures like Botox® among men. The bottom line is that men want to look and feel good just as much as women do — and thanks to today’s highly advanced procedures and skilled surgeons like Dr. Patterson, that’s now within reach.

Why Patterson Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Nathan Patterson at Patterson Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Pensacola and the entire Gulf Coast area. Dr. Patterson is highly experienced in many types of plastic surgery including male breast reduction, facelift, eyelid surgery, brow lift, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, liposuction, and much more. At The Skin Clinic at Patterson Plastic Surgery, Dr. Patterson also offers non-invasive cosmetic treatments including Botox®, Juvederm®, Kybella™, UltraShape V3®, dermabrasion, and more.

Dr. Patterson is a problem solver who enjoys working with his patients to create solutions for their cosmetic issues and concerns. Want to learn more about how Dr. Patterson can help with male plastic surgery? Contact the Patterson Plastic Surgery team anytime by requesting a consult below or by phone.