Cosmetic Surgery for Men! It’s More Than Just “Bro-Tox”.
By Dr. Michael L. Thornton | Feb 14, 2017
Male Cosmetic Surgery
Face it. Men are just as vain about their looks as their female counterpart. Look around and you will subtly see more store fronts dedicated to male attractiveness and vitality. Testosterone replacement is the latest and greatest and men are living more fulfilling lives. Just because girlfriends and wives are getting breast implants and tummy tucks doesn’t mean us guys can’t fiddle with the fountain of youth.
We have vehemently acknowledged that cosmetic plastic surgery has progressed from Ladies Only, Gentlemen Forbidden (GOLF anagram) to embracing both sexes uniformly. Men are enthusiastically receiving Botox injections, dermal fillers for facial wrinkles, improved skin care, hair restoration procedures, body hair removal and cosmetic plastic surgery procedures including, liposuction, body implants, gynecomastia (male breast) removal, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, and face / neck lifts.
Refinements in surgical techniques and technology allow cosmetic surgeons to specifically treat men and men-related problems. In my cosmetic surgery practice, I have seen a progressive up-tick in men seeking Botox® injections to soften their forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet around their eyes. Along with Botox, I also commonly treat men for their nasal-labial folds with either Juvederm® or Radiesse® dermal fillers.
However, it’s more than just Botox (Bro-Tox) and dermal fillers for men, as year after year I am increasingly performing cosmetic surgery procedures on men. The number one procedure I am performing is gynecomastia or male breast reduction. This condition is routinely treated with combination liposuction of the breast fat and surgical removal of the sub-areolar glandular tissue. The most common age for gynecomastia surgery is men in their forties and fifties as they undergo dramatic changes in hormonal imbalances between testosterone and estrogen through the natural aging process. I also commonly perform liposuction on men’s abdomen and love handles (flanks) for stubborn fat deposits that won’t go away with proper diet and exercise. Interestingly, men specifically seek abdominal wall sculpting or “abdominal etching”, whereby a specialized liposuction technique is utilized to sculpt grooves in the fat to emphasize the natural six-pack muscles. Although, I do not perform pectoral or calf implants on men, these procedures are also commonly requested to improve the male body form.
With regard to male facial rejuvenation, I frequently perform blepharoplasty (eyelid rejuvenation) to remove skin excess from the upper eyelids and fat pockets from the lower eyelids and are usually combined with CO2 laser resurfacing of the peri-orbital skin to tighten and create a vibrant appearance. Neck lifts and face lifts are regularly requested by men in their sixties and seventies who present with “turkey necks”. Many times, for an isolated “turkey neck”, a direct neck lift can be performed, whereby the fat and excess skin is removed without having to undergo an overgenerous face lift procedure that requires more down time. It is quick and simple and provides older men with a viable alternative to neck rejuvenation.
Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a fellowship-trained, dual board certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Thornton was specifically trained in both traditional and modern techniques in cosmetic surgery during his 12-month advanced cosmetic surgery fellowship. Dr. Thornton attends yearly national cosmetic surgery meetings and participates in advanced courses to offer his male patients the latest techniques in facial and body rejuvenation.