Plastic Surgery for Men Rose Up By 43 Percent in the Last Five Years

Plastic Surgery for MenRecent years have seen a number of men going for body contouring procedures to achieve a better groomed and attractive appearance. With more men becoming aware of the importance of looking young and confident to beat the competition at the workplace, and also of the undeniable association between looking good and feeling good, the demand for male plastic surgery procedures also shows an upward trend. Reports from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reveal that a dramatic increase in the procedures for men has been noted and the figures went up by 43 percent in the last 5 years. Interestingly, Americans spent over $12 billion on various procedures last year.

The demand for both surgical and non-surgical options increased over the past 5 years. The organization has been collecting data since 1997 and the latest report showed an impressive 273 percent increase in the number of procedures performed on men since then. Washington Times quotes a Business Insider report that refers to the four types of men who often get plastic surgery. These are men:

  • Seeking the photo-ready looks of a male model
  • Who want to perfect on their body-building image
  • Belonging to the “athletic dad” group intent on a few daddy do-over procedures
  • Looking to compete with youngsters at the workplace

Of all, competition at the workplace is the most significant factor that might have resulted in an increasing demand for rejuvenation procedures. Men want to look as young as they feel and make themselves more presentable, which is the key to proper communication and maintaining relations. In the company man’s world, men who are in top positions would love to look as powerful as they feel and so they need to appear fit, younger, and more masculine. The better they look, better are their chances to climb up the corporate ladder.

Plastic surgeons provide procedures that may include neck lift, eye lift, jaw line re-contouring and liposuction that help achieve a refreshed and youthful-looking appearance. Plastic surgery experts believe that this trend may not wane in the near future. Men, just as women, who want to have a firm footing in the challenging and often ageist job market have started considering body sculpting options that would ensure them a youthful and energetic appearance, especially in the present scenario where board-certified plastic surgeons offer a full spectrum of care.

Blepharoplasty or eyelid lift, male breast reduction and facelift are the top three procedures for men, according to the latest ASAPS statistics. Eyelid surgery would help men resolve their tired and puffy eyelids and reward them with expressive and alert eyes. Breast reduction for gynecomastia removes the excess fat and tissues in the chest area to provide a flat chest and enhanced masculinity. Ageing, stress and lifestyle habits take a toll on one’s facial appearance. A face lift can soften the ageing signs and provide a youthful-looking face. With improved overall appearance, men also get to enjoy a boost in self confidence and self esteem.

How Does Kybella Work to reduce Chin Fat?

KybellaKybella is an injectable drug that has the potency to melt away chin fat and restore the natural chin contour. Kybella has been approved by the FDA to treat double chin. It is the first and only approved non-surgical treatment for this condition. This is happy news for those who are looking for a non-invasive alternative for double chin treatment. Deoxycholic acid is a molecule that occurs naturally in the body to help in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat and Kybella is its synthetic form.

How Is the Procedure Done?

Kybella works by disrupting the fat cell membrane. Fat cells then release their fatty contents and your body simply does the job of metabolizing these contents as it normally does. It is important to have the injection administered by a skillful and experienced surgeon. This is because Kybella injections should not be given too close to the marginal mandibular nerve as any injury can result in an off-balance smile. If injected improperly, it could also damage other cells in the skin.

Up to 50 injections are provided in a single treatment and six such visits are usually recommended, not less than 1 month apart. When the injection is provided correctly, you can experience a significant cosmetic improvement.

What to Expect after the Treatment

According to Kythera Biopharmaceuticals that introduced the injection, the most common side effects after the treatment include bruising, swelling, pain, numbness, and small, firm areas around the injection sites. The numbness in the area of treatment eventually gets resolved. Usually, results are visible within weeks to months, and keep improving as further treatments are administered. The results last for several years.

Kybella’s FDA approval was based on two clinical trials which involved more than a thousand patients with moderate to severe submental fat and they showed considerable improvement. However, Kybella may not be suitable for everyone, especially for those who had previous plastic surgery procedures on the neck, chin and jawline. A good cosmetic surgeon can determine whether you can benefit from Kybella treatment for double chin.

Facelifts Driving Rise in Male Plastic Surgery

FaceliftsThe number of men spending money on a nip and tuck has increased considerably. While men are seeking liposuction, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, breast reduction and ear shaping, they are also opting for procedures such as neck lift, eyelift, and jawline recontouring as well as Botox and other injectables to improve facial appearance.

Many plastic surgeons are saying that facelift is largely responsible for the rise in male plastic surgery. In fact, this is borne out by official statistics. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported that cosmetic procedures for men rose over 273% during 1997-2013. ASPS also reported that number of men requesting both surgical and nonsurgical procedures continued to increase dramatically and rose 43% in 2014.

Of course, liposuction is the leading cosmetic surgical procedure among men. However, ASPS reports that in 2014, facelifts went up by 44 percent overtaking blepharoplasty which rose 34 percent and male breast reduction which rose 33 percent. Among the nonsurgical procedures for men, Botulinum Toxin rose by 84%, Hyaluronic Acid by 94%, nonsurgical skin tightening by 37% and Intense Pulsed Light by 44%.

What are the reasons for this spurt in male aesthetic procedures? Plastic surgeons say it’s because men are experiencing the positive effects that the treatments can have on their career and social lives. Aging, stress, heredity, sun exposure, and lifestyle habits all can make you look older than you actually are. In a competitive workplace, looking younger and more energetic is important. It’s no wonder that men are taking advantage of the possibilities that cosmetic surgery offers to improve their looks and enhance their self-confidence and self-esteem.

Today, there are many advanced aesthetic techniques that can take years off your face with hardly any scars. Popular modalities such as BodyTite™, SmartLipo Triplex and VASERlipo blend safety with efficiency. There is also the minimally invasive laser lift which can provide a rejuvenated, vibrant appearance by tightening the skin and stimulating collagen production. These techniques also involve minimal downtime, which means you can get back to work in a short time. Facelift surgery for men involves removing excess fat, repositioning the muscles and tightening the skin to create a well-defined, smoother facial appearance. A jawlift results in a firm, masculine looking jaw and resolves slackness in the lower face.

In leading practices, the surgeons use 3D imaging facility to enhance your consultation experience. These platforms allow you to visualize the results of the surgery and work with your surgeon to make an informed decision.

Watch Out for These Red Flags in Plastic Surgery

Red Flags in Plastic SurgeryCosmetic surgery has become more popular than ever. The desire to look good is driven by the benefits that a well-shaped body and attractive facial features can offer such as improved career prospects and enhanced quality of life. Celebrity images posted online and the selfie trend are also inspiring more and more men and women to go in for aesthetic treatments to transform their looks. However, if you are considering plastic surgery, industry experts warn that you should watch out for some red flags, which if ignored, can have disastrous consequences.

  • Make sure you are in the hands of the right surgeon. Ask relevant questions during the initial consultation about the surgeon’s qualifications, credentials, and experience. Be wary of a surgeon that promises perfect results. Read up about the treatment before your consultation so that you know what it can and cannot accomplish.
  • Experts say that that number of ads a surgeon displays is often inversely proportional to the quality of the doctor. Of course, even good surgeons do some kind of promotion, but it is surgeons who don’t expect much word-of-mouth publicity that go in for heavy advertising. A reliable surgeon would get good reviews from patients and colleagues in online communication networks and wouldn’t need to blatantly advertise his/her services.
  • Don’t look for discount deals or cheap prices when it comes to something serious like surgery. There’s a chance that with a cheaper option, you may end up paying more in the long run if you need revisions and follow-up procedures. The outcome and your safety should take precedence over cost.
  • Don’t choose a surgeon whose office-based surgical suite is not accredited. Accreditation by the AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) ensures that strict standards are met for proper equipment, safety, surgeon credentials and staffing.
  • If a surgeon has faced a malpractice lawsuit, it does not mean that he or she is inefficient. Even first-rate surgeons are sometimes sued. However, be cautious of a surgeon who has been sued several times.
  • Don’t use online reviews to judge a surgeon. On the one hand, bad online reviews could be the work of a competitor. On the other hand, don’t choose a surgeon who has too many bad reviews.
  • If you are not comfortable with the surgeon, this is not a good sign. He/she should be patient, willing to listen to your concerns and discuss the risks as well as the benefits of the procedure.

You should never feel pressured to go ahead with treatment. Do some serious research and look out for these red flags before you make the decision to have a cosmetic surgical procedure.

Massive Weight Loss Surgery Driving Demand for Plastic Surgery, says ASPS

Weight Loss SurgeryBariatric surgery or weight loss surgery comes to the rescue when dieting and exercise fail to help you lose weight. It involves different types of surgical procedures to limit the amount of food you can take in and also change how your body digests food and absorbs nutrients. With overweight being a major problem in America, the number of weight loss surgeries performed each year is growing. Now, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that rising demand for bariatric surgery is having a ripple effect on plastic surgery.

New ASPS data indicates that in 2014, procedures specifically associated with massive weight loss such as tummy tucks, thigh lifts, breast lifts and upper arm lifts showed their fastest growth rate in four years. This demand for these procedures is being fuelled by the growth of massive weight loss procedures.

The reason for this ripple effect is that plastic surgery helps resolve the problem of sagging skin left behind after massive weight loss surgery. Excess skin in areas such as the thighs, under the upper arms, around the abdomen and in the breasts can be unsightly, uncomfortable and even painful. Plastic surgeons use body sculpting procedures to remove this sagging skin.

ASPS President Scot Glasberg, MD said, “We think there is a correlation between the two types of procedures, and we expect that trend to continue…. Post-massive weight loss patients are the number one growth area I have seen in my practice, and I’m sure that’s the case in many doctor’s offices across the country”.

The ASPS press release reports that 179,000 Americans underwent weight loss surgery in 2013, meaning that an average of 500 procedures is performed every day. The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery reports that this figure is the highest since 2009. Parallel to this, plastic surgery procedures rose too. Both thigh lifts and upper arm lifts rose nine percent in 2014, the biggest increase in demand in five years. Tummy tucks rose four percent and breast lift surgery by ten percent, which was the largest single-year gain since 2009.