An abdominoplasty, or a “tummy tuck”, is an effective procedure for men who have hanging abdominal skin (which usually occurs after massive weight loss), loose abdominal muscles, or neglected hernias. An abdominoplasty removes excess fat, tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall, and trims the waistline. Incisions are made in the lower abdomen, and are well hidden.
If you have good skin elasticity and only a moderate amount of excess abdominal fat, you may benefit from liposuction alone. Your surgeon will let you know what procedure would benefit you the most at your consultation.
Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Enlarged male breasts is a common condition, affecting 40-60% of men. The cause for gynecomastia is really unknown, although some studies have correlated the condition to various drugs or medical conditions.
Men who feel self-conscious about their appearance can be helped with breast reduction surgery. A breast reduction procedure removes fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts. As well, the procedure may be used to remove excess skin in the breast area. The result is a flatter, firmer, more contoured chest.
Men considering facial or neck surgery will have their entire head-face-neck region evaluated by Dr. Mussat. She will look to see if your hairline is receding, how full your sideburns are, and onto what areas of the face the beard-growing skin extends. She will also look for facial scars or sun-damaged skin, or loose or drooping neck skin.
Men may also be concerned about fatty or “jowly” areas beneath the chin. With younger patients, liposuction is many times enough to correct the problem. With older patients, a full facelift or necklift may be needed. These procedures include the tightening of the platysma muscles, which run down both sides of the neck. These muscles are thicker for men than they are for women, but this will not pose a greater challenge for your plastic surgeon.
It’s obvious that male and female bodies are different. What is less known, however, is that male facial skin is different from its female counterpart. For example, the male facial skin has a richer blood supply than female facial skin. This means that male faces bleed more during surgery, and males can be at a greater risk for more bruising immediately following surgery.
Another matter for men that can differ from woman, is hair and beard growth. If you are a facelift patient with balding or thinning hair, surgical artistry may be necessary to hide the facelift incision. If hair-growing skin on your upper neck is shifted into a new location during surgery, you may need to shave this new location. Your doctor will discuss all of your options with you during your consultation and review the discrete locations your incisions will be placed.
The Masculine Look: Facial Features for Men
Some procedures are fairly similar for men and women. Eyelid surgery, nose surgery, and facial-implant surgery are good examples. With these procedures, be sure to speak to your surgeon about what result you’re looking for. If you are seeking for a more masculine look to your facial features, such as a chin with better projection, more prominent cheekbones, or a stronger nose, Dr. Mussat can help you accomplish these results.