More men are choosing to undergo plastic surgery than ever before, and among the most sought after techniques are those designed to alleviate the common signs of aging that affect the face. According to statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of cosmetic procedures performed on men in the United States has increased by nearly 25% since 2000, and more than three quarters of those procedures are specifically geared for use on the face. However, despite the steadily increasing popularity of male facial rejuvenation, many still have questions about what makes these techniques unique. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about male facial plastic surgery.
What is the difference between male and female facial plastic surgery procedures?
Although the goals and techniques used in facial plastic surgery procedures on both men and women are essentially the same, many of the facial traits associated with youth, like fuller cheeks, wider eyes, or smoother skin, are also traditionally identified as feminine. Hence, special care is generally required with male patients in order to ensure that the face maintains a masculine appearance. An experienced, board certified plastic surgeon, well-versed in the intricacies of facial anatomy, will often use subtle, highly-targeted procedures, like eyelid surgery or a male forehead lift, that address only specific areas of concern while leaving the fundamental facial architecture unchanged.
Can male facial plastic surgery serve a practical as well as aesthetic purpose?
There are many reconstructive plastic surgery procedures that can correct minor defects or damage to the facial features, improving functionality and appearance at the same time. Male rhinoplasty, for example, can alter the size and shape of the nose even as it removes structural abnormalities that might impair respiration. Similarly, male eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, makes the area around the eyes appear younger by removing the tiny fat deposits and excess, sagging skin that may, in some cases, restrict peripheral vision.
Can I enjoy the results of male facial rejuvenation without significant downtime?
Many men who seek facial plastic surgery want to look younger and more vital so that they can better compete in an increasingly youth-oriented job market, so having to take a long period of time off in order to recover from a procedure would be counter-productive. Fortunately there are a variety of non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques that can provide impressive results with little or no downtime. Botox® cosmetic injections can temporarily relax the muscles responsible for facial wrinkles around the eyes and brow while injectable facial fillers, like Juvéderm®, can restore lost facial volume and give the entire face a more youthful look, and both require only a single fifteen minute office visit, after which patients can return to their normal activities almost instantly.
If you have any other questions about male facial plastic surgery, or about any of the many other reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery procedures for the face and body that we perform, please contact Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. at one of our Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming, or Newnan offices to schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.