How Is Plastic Surgery Different for Men?

July 16 2021

Plastic surgery has steadily gained in popularity among men across the United States. Despite this trend, so much of the existing information available about plastic surgery is still written with a focus on women. Here, the respected surgeons at Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists explain some of factors male plastic surgery patients need to keep in mind so that they can make informed decisions about their personal health and appearance.

Different Surgeries Are Popular

Many plastic surgeries are suitable for both sexes, but that doesn’t mean that men always choose the same procedures as women. While women often select tummy tuck and facelift, men are more likely to enhance their looks with rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery or male breast reduction for gynecomastia.

One surgery that is popular among both men and women is liposuction. Apparently no one wants love handles, regardless of gender.

Men Heal Differently

Due to higher levels of testosterone, men’s skin is approximately 25 percent thicker than women’s. As a result, swelling can linger longer as the skin heals. Fortunately, that is not true of incisions made to the face since men have more blood vessels in their face. The increased blood supply accelerates healing, which is why, on average, men have shorter recovery periods for facial procedures.

Another factor doctors consider with male patients is their hair — both on the body and the head. Men are more prone to balding and receding hairlines, and doctors sometimes need to take this factor into account when making incisions. On the flip side, body hair can serve as a great cover for small incision scars below the neck.

Beauty Standards Are Different

Even when men and women do choose the same procedures, they usually are not looking for the same kind of results. Most men prefer to look toned rather than svelte, and therefore different contouring is required to get the desired shape. Many facial procedures traditionally focus on giving the mouth, nose and eyes a more feminine appearance — but men need a different approach to maintain or enhance their rugged masculinity. Traits considered beautiful on a woman’s face are usually not considered handsome on a man’s.

Seek out a Surgeon with Experience Performing Male Plastic Surgery

For all of the above-stated reasons, it is imperative that men interested in plastic surgery look for a surgeon who is knowledgeable about and experienced with male patients. Men who choose surgeons that work almost exclusively with female patients may be setting themselves up for potential disappointment.

To discuss plastic surgery with the team at Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists and see firsthand the life-altering results we provide to our male patients, email us to set up a consultation today.

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