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Men and Plastic Surgery

When thinking of cosmetic surgery, your mind may picture women going under the knife or needle. To be sure, the specialty does, most often, cater to women. However, in contrast to this popular stereotype, men also often choose to undergo plastic surgery procedures to enhance their appearance.

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Social stigmas may deter men from pursuing an improved look due to the belief that plastic surgery is only for women. This is far from the truth, and men undergo successful procedures that increase their self-confidence more than you would think.


Common procedures that men choose are B-tox treatment and fillers. Using b-tox to treat wrinkles of the forehead, glabella, and crow’s feet can help a man look and feel younger and gain confidence. Fat grafting or a manufactured filler like Hyaluronic acid can also be used to augment the volume of the cheeks or soften the transition along the lower eyelid.

Some men seek liposuction and/or gynecomastia surgery to improve their overall physique. These procedures can be used to sculpt the appearance of a tighter abdomen or reduce the size of swollen breast tissue, respectively, that is sometimes caused by a hormone imbalance (but we really aren’t 100% sure of the cause).

When a man loses a lot of weight, for example after bariatric surgery or a very successful diet, they may develop loose and hanging skin under the arms and around the abdomen. A brachioplasty, tummy tuck, panniculectomy and more may all be suitable options for men who wish to improve this look.

Considerations for Men

Before cosmetic surgery, men should make sure they maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly to ensure that their body is in good shape to undergo a procedure. One’s weight does not usually change treatment with b-tox, but it can affect the outcomes of filler, liposuction, gynecomastia, tummy tuck and brachioplasty. For surgical treatment, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important before surgery.

Men vs. Women

There is quite a bit of overlap for procedures between men and woman for b-tox and filler for facial rejuvenation. However, men usually focus on improving the lower eyelid cheek transition and softening of the nasolabial fold while women usually focus on augmenting their lip volume or softening wrinkles.

When looking at liposuction surgery for the abdomen, men tend to carry more fat around their intestines and women tend to carry their fat between the skin and muscle layers. If a man has a full abdomen, it is usually due to excess fat around the intestines which needs to be addressed through diet and exercise or possibly weight loss surgery. Liposuction should be used as an adjunct to remove the fat between the skin and muscle that remains when one reaches their goal weight rather than a sole means to lose weight over dieting and exercise.

Gynecomastia surgery can usually be performed with liposuction, direct excision, or both. If there is a significant amount of male breast tissue and skin, a reduction similar to how a woman has a breast reduction may be needed to remove and reconstruct this area.

The Bottom Line

Plastic surgery is an option for many, regardless of gender, and can be used to increase self-confidence and reverse the ravages of age. If you or your male partner are interested in learning more about plastic surgery,contact us today. Dr. Szymanski is an experienced plastic surgeon that provides a variety of procedures to best fit each patient.

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