We like to look good, men and women alike. With the rise in facial plastic surgery as a great way to improve your appearance, plastic surgery is not just for women anymore.
There is a growing trend in facial plastic surgery for men. Looking more attractive, exuding vitality, having a youthful appearance in business and social situations are all motivating factors for men to consider facial plastic surgery.
As with any procedure, it is a good idea to do your homework. Make sure the surgeon you choose is certified. Referrals and taking a look at before/after photos of a surgeon’s past work all contribute to making an informed choice.
Common Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men
Chin surgery, or mentoplasty, reshapes your chin in one of two ways. One common way, and one of the best kept secrets as it is not easily detectable, is enhancement with an implant. Another method is to reduce an overly prominent chin by reduction surgery on the bone.
In conjunction with a rhinoplasty, commonly called a “nose job”, a chin enhancement/reduction balances the proportions in the face, as the size of the chin may enlarge or shrink the perception of the size of the nose.
To achieve a balance of harmony between the nose and the chin, chin surgery aids in providing a harmonious balance to your facial features and helps you feel better about the way you look.
We know as you age, men and women alike, there is facial sagging, laugh lines, forehead creases and drooping around the jaw. Gravity knows no gender. Male face lifts will add vitality to your appearance. It’s perfectly acceptable to consider a face lift, if you are a man, to refresh your appearance and look younger.
A skilled surgeon can take years off your appearance by minimizing droopiness and tightening skin, while you remain natural-looking. By re-positioning facial muscles and tightening facial skin, a surgeon can achieve a natural look with a minimally invasive procedure.
Overall Considerations for Men
While men and women plastic surgery procedures are almost identical, there are some gender differences for men to consider.
Typically, men have thicker skin than women. Since male skin has a richer blood supply, men can minimize any bleeding risks by taking a few precautions before surgery.
Talk to your doctor and take the advice you are given. Certain over-the-counter medications can increase bleeding risk. Take your doctor’s advice on what to avoid and follow it. Tell your surgeon all of the medications you are taking, including supplements and vitamins. Let your doctor decide what you should continue to take before and after surgery.
Women can cover parts of their face and neck with hair, where a man’s hairstyle, usually shorter, does not. Women wear face makeup where typically men don’t. Scar placement is a consideration as men don’t have access to longer hair and makeup for concealment. Talk to your doctor about these concerns. Men have the edge where they can grow facial hair to helps hide scars. Planning with your surgeon where to place incisions strategically will be a great help post-surgery.
Making Your Decision
Make an informed and researched choice. Ask questions, any doctor you would want to use is more than willing to address all your questions and concerns regarding facial plastic surgery. Consider combining procedures to save money and recovery time. It may be better to combine chin surgery and a rhinoplasty so the look you get is in harmony. Choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with experience in the procedures you are considering.