While some procedures have the same effect for both men and women, the aesthetic goals could not be more different. Smart Beauty Guide understands the difference and highlights the procedures that help maintain a man’s masculinity and strength.
Also known as pectoral augmentation or pec implants
Even with frequent exercise, some men find that they are unable to achieve the chest definition that they desire. Pectoral implant surgery is a method for improving chest contour. This procedure has become a popular option, particularly for men who are athletic or go to the gym and want to be able to show off their more sculpted, masculine chests.
When to Consider Pectoral Implants
- If your under-developed pectoral muscles make you feel self-conscious
- If you are athletic and wish to improve your chest contour
- If your chest is asymmetrical or otherwise deformed from birth or by an accident
- Will improve chest contour and the look of muscle thickness or bulk
- Implants can be custom designed to provide a specific shape to your chest
- Increased self-confidence with your augmented “pecs”
- Implants will not improve the definition of your pectoral muscles
- Implants may yield unnatural, feminine results
- Asymmetry may occur if implants move or are displaced
Am I a good candidate for pectoral implants?
Following are some common reasons why you may want to consider pectoral implants:
- You have under-developed pectoral muscles that have not been increased through weight lifting and exercise
- You are athletic and wish to improve your chest contour
- Your chest is asymmetrical or otherwise deformed from birth or by an accident
Also known as calf augmentation and calf enlargement
Calf augmentation with implants is a procedure to increase the size and improve the shape of the calf. Patients seek calf implants to tone and define the lower leg if it cannot be achieved with exercise alone, or to correct a muscle imbalance resulting from physical or birth defects.
When to Consider Calf Implants
- If you seek to emphasize the bulk of the calf muscle (usually men)
- If you desire a lower leg more anatomically proportionate to your thigh (usually women)
- If you are a bodybuilder and you’ve reached the plateau of calf development with exercise, but you’re not satisfied with the definition of your lower leg
- If you wish to correct lower leg defects resulting from injury; disease, such as polio; or from birth conditions, such as clubfoot or spina bifida
- Enhances and reshapes the calf as desired, generally in a single procedure
- Fast and easy to perform, provided the proper steps are followed
- Adds both mass and definition in the bodybuilder seeking further muscle development
- Patients experience swelling and discomfort of the lower leg in the immediate postoperative period, with slight bruising around the incisions
- Recovery to full physical activity generally takes 4 to 6 weeks
- Final result can take a few months after surgery to appreciate
Am I a good candidate for calf implants?
Following are some common reasons why you may want to consider calf implants:
- You would like to emphasize the bulk of the calf muscle (usually men)
- You desire a lower leg more anatomically proportionate to your thigh (usually women)
- You are a bodybuilder and you’ve reached the plateau of calf development with exercise, but you’re not satisfied with the definition of your lower leg
- You wish to correct lower leg defects resulting from injury; disease, such as polio; or from congenital conditions, such as club foot or spina bifida
Also known as male breast reduction
The goal of gynecomastia treatment is to reduce breast size in men who are embarrassed by overly large breasts. Reduction methods include liposuction, cutting out excess glandular tissue or using a combination of liposuction and excision. If you are treated by a board-certified plastic surgeon, gynecomastia can be effectively and safely improved or corrected completely.
When to Consider Gynecomastia Treatment
- If you are reluctant to remove your shirt in public, to swim, to participate in sports or to exercise at a gym.
- If you want to improve your overall body proportions.
- If you experience psychological discomfort associated with large breasts.
- If you want to increase your social confidence.
- You can feel comfortable revealing your chest contours, clothed or unclothed.
- You can gain more social confidence.
- You can enjoy permanent results.
- Scarring may make you feel self-conscious.
- You may be disappointed with your final results.
- Weight gain following this surgery will compromise results.
Am I a good candidate for gynecomastia treatment?
Gynecomastia is usually not caused by any serious medical problems; in fact, its cause is rarely identified. However, because there are some medical problems that do cause gynecomastia, your first step is to see your family doctor to rule this out.
A. Diet and exercise-resistant fat in the chest area can cause both physical and social discomfort.
B. Maintaining a stable weight will ensure that your improved body contour will be long lasting.
The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider gynecomastia treatment:
- You are unhappy with the size or appearance of your breasts.
- You experience physical discomfort because of your breasts.
- You have good skin elasticity. Successful gynecomastia surgery involves adequate skin contraction after your excess skin is surgically removed. Your skin may lack the necessary elasticity for good contraction if you are age fifty or older, have significant sun damage, have breasts with a lot of stretch marks or have undergone gastric bypass surgery.
- You have first tried diet and exercise to reduce your breast size.
- You are not significantly overweight. Although surgery will help this patient population, the results will not be as good. For this reason, you should try to get within thirty to forty pounds of your ideal body weight before surgery.
- You do not use marijuana, steroids or drink alcoholic beverages excessively (it is theorized that these substances may cause gynecomastia).
Also known as lipoplasty and body contouring surgery
Liposuction surgery sculpts your body, eliminating unwanted pockets of exercise and diet-resistant fat from the buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breasts), back, arms and neck. Liposuction is often combined with other procedures to create a desired shape and is one of the safest and most popular cosmetic procedures.
When to Consider Liposuction
- If you have localized areas of fat deposits that are disproportionate with the rest of your body.
- If you would like more definition or a sleeker contour in certain areas of your body.
- If your skin elasticity is good (Liposuction removes fat, but does not tighten skin).
- Will make your clothes fit better and your body appear slimmer.
- Uses small incisions, which result in smaller scars than open body contouring procedures.
- Can be done under sedation with less risks and shorter operating times than similar open body contouring procedures.
- Results may be affected by weight gain, aging and pregnancy.
- Liposuction is not meant to improve the look of cellulite or loose skin.
- You may need to lose weight to be a better candidate for liposuction.
These are the top three pros and cons to weigh when considering liposuction. If you want to focus on those specifically unique to you, please consult with your aesthetic plastic surgeon.
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
For certain individuals, diet and exercise will never get rid of stubborn pockets of fat. The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider liposuction:
- You have a minimal amount of excess skin and good skin elasticity. Loss of skin elasticity with age can compromise liposuction results, but if your skin maintains elasticity, age alone is not a contraindication for liposuction surgery.
- You have localized deposits of fat in your abdomen, arms, thighs and/or neck, which may be the result of heredity and do not disappear with exercise and diet.
- You are physically fit, no more than twenty pounds overweight, and your weight is stable. If you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight, or even gain weight (for example, due to pregnancy), this is not the time to undergo liposuction.
- Keep in mind that liposuction does not remove cellulite and cannot tighten loose skin. Your surgeon will be able to recommend other procedures to improve those conditions.
Lower Body Lift
Also known as belt lipectomy
Dramatic weight loss, weight fluctuation or natural aging frequently results in sagging skin in areas below the waistline. Lower-body-lift surgery tightens and sculpts the buttocks, back of the thighs, outer thighs, inner thighs, hips and abdomen. Loose skin that looks aesthetically displeasing or causes mobility restrictions is removed. A lower body lift is appropriate if you are near your ideal weight and may precede or follow an upper body lift procedure. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful lower-body-lift surgery and are pleased with the results.
When to Consider a Lower Body Lift
- If you have had dramatic weight loss due to bariatric surgery or dieting.
- If you have relatively thin layers of fat below the skin in the hip, thigh, abdomen and buttock areas.
- If overhanging skin in your lower body restricts your mobility and/or causes painful chafing, rashes or infection.
- If you are distressed by sagging skin in your lower body.
- Loose skin will be removed and your contour sculpted, so you can see the results of your weight loss.
- You will experience the improved self-esteem that comes from looking better.
- You will get rid of overhanging skin that may cause painful chafing, rashes and infections.
- This is a demanding surgical procedure with a lengthy recovery.
- You will probably need one to three days of hospitalization or skilled nursing care at home.
- You will have a scar that will be hidden in the bikini line.
Am I a good candidate for a lower body lift?
After you’ve struggled to achieve a healthy weight or have undergone bariatric surgery, you may still feel frustrated by your appearance if you have excess skin along the lower abdomen, relaxed abdominal wall muscles and loose and wrinkled skin along the thighs and buttocks. A lower body lift, which leaves a circumferential scar hidden in the bikini line, can dramatically improve areas of sagging skin and/or cellulite below the waistline. The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider a lower body lift:
- You have undergone bariatric surgery or significant weight loss through dieting.
- Pregnancy and/or aging have left you with loose skin and cellulite below the waistline.
- You have loose skin on your hips, the sides and fronts of your thighs, your inner thighs and your abdomen.
- You have significant skin laxity, excess skin, ptosis (sagginess) of the buttocks and abdominal wall laxity.
- The layers of fat below your loose skin are relatively thin.
- You are willing to accept a thin circumferential scar around your waist.
- You do not smoke. Smoking slows down the healing process and increases the risk of serious complications during and after surgery. If you smoke, you must quit at least six weeks before surgery.
- Your weight has been stable for at least a year, with no further weight loss expected. For optimal results, body contouring should not be done for about two years after the start of any massive-weight-loss program. This time allows your skin to shrink as much as possible and your nutrition to be stabilized and optimized, factors that will aid in your recovery.
- You are in overall good health without chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. People in poor health are not good candidates for body contouring procedures. You must obtain clearance for plastic surgery from your primary care physician or from doctors treating you for medical conditions.
- You have a healthy diet. Problems such as protein deficiencies can interfere with healing.
- You have mental stamina. Surgical contouring procedures require patience and endurance.
Nonsurgical Fat Reduction
Also known as noninvasive body contouring or CoolSculpting
Nonsurgical fat reduction is a procedure that uses specialized equipment to create a controlled injury to small volumes of fat. Currently, there are two types of devices used for nonsurgical fat removal: ultrasound and cold energy or cryolipolysis. Both allow outpatient treatment resulting in efficient and consistent fat reduction as well as enhanced body contour.
When to Consider Nonsurgical Fat Reduction
- If you are struggling with pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise programs.
- If you have undesirable but limited fat deposits on your abdomen, flanks, back or thighs.
- If you wish to achieve a trimmer appearance without having to undergo surgery.
- Effective in diminishing stubborn areas of unwanted body fat.
- Outpatient treatment with little to no downtime and minimal discomfort.
- No incision required.
- Multiple treatment sessions may be needed to produce satisfactory results.
- Small burns are extremely rare but have been noted with ultrasound devices.
- Temporary redness and numbness may occur.
Am I a good candidate for nonsurgical fat reduction?
Following are some common reasons why you may want to consider nonsurgical fat reduction:
- You are in relatively good shape but have modest bulges of fat on your abdomen, flanks, back or thighs that you’d like removed.
- You have pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.
- You wish to achieve a trimmer look without having to undergo an invasive surgical procedure.
It is important to note that nonsurgical fat reduction is not a weight loss treatment. This procedure is best suited for treating very limited volumes of fat of the abdomen, flanks, back and thighs. Because larger volumes of fat require multiple nonsurgical treatments, liposuction is probably a better option for larger fat accumulations.
Also known as thighplasty
A thigh lift is a procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from either the inner or outer thighs. This is often desirable after substantial or bariatric weight loss or in individuals for whom dieting and exercise have failed to reduce excess tissue in their upper thighs. Liposuction may be used as an adjunct to the recontouring of the inner thigh. If you are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a moderate weight, a thigh lift can help you regain the youthful thigh contours you desire.
When to Consider a Thigh Lift
- If you want your thighs to have a better, more proportional contour and a firmer look and feel.
- If you have undergone bariatric surgery or massive weight loss.
- If you are distressed about loose, flabby skin on your thighs.
- If you have difficulty fitting into clothing because of heavy thighs.
- Clothing and swimwear will fit better.
- Your body will appear more shapely and proportional.
- Your thighs will be firmer and more youthful, with a curvaceous appearance.
- There may be visible or poor scarring.
- Where fat has been removed by liposuction, the skin may appear deflated.
- A secondary procedure may be required to correct any unevenness or bumps.
When to Consider a Thigh Lift
The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider a thigh lift:
- The effects of aging have led to sagging, cellulite and loose skin on your thighs.
- You have succeeded in a weight reduction program and you now desire shapely thighs that reflect your more proportional, toned figure.
- Clothes do not fit properly because of your heavy thighs.
- Your thighs make you feel self-conscious and you want to restore your self-assurance regarding your body.
Also known as phalloplasty or penile enhancement
Penis enlargement, or phalloplasty, is a surgical procedure that can permanently increase the length of the penis, usually by slightly more than an inch. Other penile procedures are available that can increase the circumference of the penis. These procedures may give you a renewed sense of well-being and improved self-assurance.
When to Consider Penis Enlargement
- If you feel that your penis is very small in proportion to your body size
- If you would gain confidence from such a procedure
- If you have been diagnosed as having micropenis (an erect penis of 3 inches or less) or Peyronie’s disease (a bent or painful erection)
- Increased length and width of your penis
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
- Enhanced sense of masculinity and potency
- There may be no significant increase in the size or width of your penis
- There may be scarring, reduced sensation and less rigid erections
- The procedure is irreversible
Am I a good candidate for penis enlargement?
Following are some common reasons why you may want to consider penis enhancement:
- You consider your penis too small for your body frame
- You have been diagnosed with a medical condition that has led to a significantly smaller penis size
- You desire an enhanced sense of masculinity and sexual potency
Upper Arm Lift
Also known as brachioplasty
An upper arm lift, or brachioplasty, reshapes the upper arm to tighten loose skin and remove fat that often creates a “bat wing” appearance under the arm. Removing the excess skin caused by weight loss or natural aging can tighten loose skin that extends from the underarm area to the elbow; liposuction is sometimes used in combination to achieve the best results. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful upper-arm-lift surgery and are pleased with the results.
When to Consider an Upper Arm Lift
- If your weight is normal, but you feel your shape is marred by underarm laxity.
- If you have lost a massive amount of weight and are left with excess upper-arm skin and fat that may resemble bat wings.
- If you are willing to accept a scar in exchange for shapelier arms.
- You will look much better in form-fitting clothes.
- You will have increased confidence and a better self-image.
- You will be able to wear short-sleeve or sleeveless clothing without feeling self-conscious.
- You will have visible scars along the insides of your arms, extending from the armpit to the elbow.
- If your sagging under arm skin is not excessive, an upper arm lift may not be worth the resulting scars (in this case, consider limited-incision brachioplasty or liposuction).
- Your surgeon will not be able to predict exactly how your scars will look.
Upper Body Lift
Also known as body lift or back lift
Upper-body-lift surgery may consist of one or several procedures, including an upper arm lift, breast lift (or gynecomastia) or surgery to remove fat rolls along the back. Loose, sagging skin resulting from dramatic weight loss or after liposuction is removed to create a tighter and smoother contour, improving your profile and leading to renewed self-confidence.
When to Consider an Upper Body Lift
- You recently underwent massive weight loss through natural means or bariatric surgery.
- You have excess, sagging skin following pregnancy.
- You are discouraged by loose skin around your arms, chest or waist.
- You have “back rolls” or rolls of fat around the edges of your lower back.
- Your clothes will fit better and your body will appear slimmer.
- Loose skin that causes chafing and rashes will be removed.
- Surgery will smooth the bulges and rolls that make you self-conscious.
- There are fairly large scars that your surgeon will try to hide or minimize.
- This is a demanding plastic surgery procedure with a somewhat lengthy recovery period.
- You will probably need one to three days of hospitalization.
Am I a good candidate for a upper body lift?
In order to undergo an upper body lift, you must be in good physical health. If you have lost a considerable amount of weight, have loose, sagging skin or want to improve the contours of your body, you might benefit from this procedure. The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider an upper body lift:
- You have undergone bariatric surgery or significant weight loss through dieting.
- Liposuction of fat pockets in your upper body has resulted in loose skin that needs to be removed.
- You have loose skin under your arms, by your armpits, on your breasts and rolls on your back.
- The layers of fat below your loose skin are relatively thin.
- You do not smoke. Smoking slows down the healing process and increases the risk of serious complications during and after surgery. If you smoke, you must quit six weeks before surgery.
- Your weight has been stable for at least six months, with no further weight loss expected. For optimal results, body contouring should not be done for about two years following the start of any massive-weight-loss program. This time allows your skin to shrink as much as possible and your nutrition to be stabilized and optimized, factors that will aid in your recovery.
- You are in overall good health without chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. People in poor health are not good candidates for body contouring procedures. Get clearance for plastic surgery from your primary care physician or from doctors treating you for medical conditions.