Not Just for Women: Modern Men and the Rise of Cosmetic Procedures
When you think of plastic surgery, what do you usually think of?
Women with big boobs. Admit it.
But, plastic surgery isn’t just for the shallow and ditzy. Many men are discovering the “masculine makeover.” Here are just a few reasons why.
Whether they admit it or not, nose reshaping remains one of the most popular procedures among men. An old nose can make men look, well, old. An estimated 62,000 men undergo this procedure to fix minor bumps, or other things, that they’re not 100% happy about with their current nose.
And, while a doctor can’t usually give them an entirely new nose, most men aren’t looking for that. They’re looking for minor improvements.
The eyes are the windows to the soul and, for many men, that soul looks tired. Getting plastic surgery breathes new life into them.
Eyelid surgery is a procedure where a plastic surgeon attempts to remove bags under the eyes, or lift the eyelids so that the eyes open more fully or don’t look droopy or tired. Whether it’s the upper or lower lid, the goal is the same: to make the eyes wider, more expressive, and less droopy.
Liposuction is something we tend to associate with females. But, men get “love handles” too. And, they like them about as much as females do. So, when exercise and diet don’t work, many men turn to the knife.
Liposuction involves a doctor making a small incision at the location where fat will be removed. Then, a small vacuum-like device is inserted into the incision. The doctor literally sucks out the fat. Much easier than dieting, right?
For some, it’s the only way to get those abs to appear.
The secret to bigger pecs is to get into the gym and work on that bench press. But, when that’s not enough, or when men don’t have the time for that, they turn to pec enhancement – see here. The goal of the enhancement is to have pecs that look fuller and more firm.
This a common procedure for bodybuilders and other models whose livelihood depends on looking good. But, many men want it just for their own pleasure, so they can look good naked, and maybe try to overcome the appearance of a “pot belly.”
Some men have the opposite problem. They have rather large pecs – so large that they’re nicknamed “moobs.” It can be an embarrassing condition. Excessive fatty tissue accumulates around the pectoral muscles. This fat is soft, similar to female breast tissue. Definitely not masculine.
It’s a common condition among bodybuilders, but many men have it because they don’t work out, don’t diet, or have always carried excessive fat on their body.
To look their best, many men are turning to the tried and true facelift. When they say “50 is the new 30,” it’s because of procedures like the facelift. When you don’t look tired and worn out from a lifetime of stress, people start seeing you in a different light.
And, while men undergoing this procedure won’t look 30, they will look amazing for their age, which is really what men want from plastic surgery anyway.
Dr Kevin M. Ruhge is a specialist plastic surgeon in relation to face, breast and body aesthetic procedures. He has been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha national honor society and is also a certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has already shared his expert views on a number of online resources.