Top trends for males in cosmetic surgery

by Courtney Caplan, MD, DMD
Cosmetic Surgery Columnist

With the new year, many people make decisions about changes they would like for themselves. Although most media and marketing are focusing on cosmetic surgery for women, you may be surprised to learn that there are some very fast growing areas of cosmetic surgery specifically for men. 

Gynecomastia reduction: Approximately 30 percent of men suffer from gynecomastia, meaning excessive male breast development. Of those affected, 10 percent have traditionally chosen to seek surgical solutions, but this trend is quickly rising. 

Although there are a variety of causes of gynecomastia, each person should have their situation evaluated. T­he most common reason is idiopathic, meaning there is no defined cause. Depending on the severity of the case (size of the gland, amount of fat and stretch of skin), the surgical treatment can vary. 

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On the more simple side, the surgery can be performed similarly to liposuction with a small incision made around the areola to remove some of the excess gland and fat. For patients that have an abundance of gland and skin, we make a larger incision, and at times the nipple-areolar complex is relocated into a more masculine position and size. 

All of these surgeries can be performed in about 2-3 hours as an outpatient at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates (CSA).

Liposuction and Kybella: More and more men are interested in body contouring. Liposuction can be used to remove unwanted fat covering and hiding ab muscles or contouring the jaw and neckline. Liposuction is a safe and permanent procedure, after which a patient can go home the same day. 

At CSA, doctor’s Caplin and Nuveen also offer a non-surgical option called Kybella, which is a chemical injected through a syringe that permanently dissolves fat. The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes to perform, and although there is some minor swelling for a few days, there is essentially no down time to recover. 

Although Kybella is FDA approved for the neck region, the chemical works the same way, no matter the injection site.

Botox and facial fillers: Women have taken advantage of botox and fillers for decades, and men are jumping on the bandwagon as well. Once men learned that these injectables are available to them, they were game. The procedure is performed in a natural, subtle way and no one else will ever know.

Although men are not talking about it like women do, I’m sure you could think of a man or two that looks surprisingly good for his age with a natural youthfulness. 

Many people focus their New Year resolutions on the mind and soul. If yours is your body, CSA is always happy to offer complimentary consultations online or in person with Dr. Caplin or Dr. Nuveen.

The Gayly 1/17/2018 @ 10:02 a.m.