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Male Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery and Men


Updated January 02, 2007

With the American male grooming market now worth $3.5 billion, men seem to be changing their attitude about a number of issues that seemed previously to be the preserve of women. Feeling the need to look youthful and appear dynamic well into your 40s, 50s and 60s has led to men re-thinking their attitudes to pills, diet, exercise, face-care products and cosmetic (plastic) surgery. Men increasingly want to change the things they don't like to see in the mirror and statistics available from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery show that surgery is becoming increasingly popular with men as a way to deal with image maintenance and change.

Top five men's cosmetic surgery procedures
The top five surgical procedures for men are;

  • Nose reshaping

  • Hair transplantation

  • Eyelid surgery

  • Liposuction

  • Breast Reductions

  • ASPS Procedural Statistics represent procedures performed by ASPS Member Surgeons certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery® as well as other physicians certified by American Board of Medical Specialties-recognized boards. © ASPS, 2005

    Statistics about male cosmetic procedures
    Fourteen per cent of Botox injections, 15 per cent of all liposuction and eyelid surgeries, 20 per cent of laser hair removal and 24 per cent of nose jobs are carried out on men. Cosmetic surgery and related procedures in the United States have increased 32 per cent last year to 8.7 million with Botox anti-wrinkle injection treatments being the most popular. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons said the number of surgical procedures grew by 5 per cent, while minimally invasive procedures jumped 41 per cent over 2002.

    Body improvement for men
    Surgery to create 6 pack abs (Pectoral implants), bulging pecs and buttock enhancements are becoming more and more popular. Cosmetic surgery appeals to our quick-fix, no hassle approach to life. The down side is cost and the dangers associated with elective surgery.
    There is also the notion of 'falseness' (plastic), something that isn't real or worked for and sometimes the unrealistic expectations we have of the cosmetic procedure as the ‘thing’ that will improve and cure the problems we may have.

    Costs of male cosmetic procedures
    Costs differ depending on the type of cosmetic operation you are seeking, on the fees charged by the members of the surgical team and on premises used. You can shop around for good deals but remember you must have a properly qualified cosmetic surgeon who works out of good healthcare facilities.

    Average cost is approximate:
    Liposuction from $2000
    Facelift from between $5000 to $10000
    Botox Injections from $300
    Eyelid surgery from $2000
    Nose job (rhinoplasty) from $3000.

    Complications cosmetic surgery
    Elective cosmetic surgery, as with any surgical procedure, does have risks as well as benefits. The death of Olivia Goldsmith, a writer aged 54 yrs while undergoing a neck lift operation, Nigeria's first lady, Stella Obasanjo death after undergoing plastic surgery in Spain and James Brown's wife Adrienne death following cosmetic surgery illustrates its potential dangers.

    Anesthesia and sedation risks include; abnormal heart rhythm, heart attack, brain damage, nerve damage, stroke, blood clots, and blood loss and air way obstruction. Infection, skin death, asymmetry, numbness, irregularities, puckers and scarring, fluid collection after liposuction can result from the surgery itself. Dangers also exist with unlicensed and untrained doctors offering anesthesia and surgery, poor regulation within the field and the fact that unsanitary areas can sometimes be used during surgical procedures.

    Getting the Best Cosmetic Surgery Treatment

    It is not known exactly how many cosmetic procedures are performed or how many of them result in unsatisfactory or disfiguring results. Make sure that if you do decide to have cosmetic surgery that you do your homework. Only have a doctor who is properly qualified, trained and specialized and who carries out the operation in a hospital or clinic and:

  • be realistic about the outcome of surgery.

  • make sure you understand the risks involved.

  • prior to surgery stop smoking and drinking alcohol.

  • get as fit and healthy as possible.

  • seek advice if you are taking any medication, are overweight, have on-going health problems or conditions. It may be that you are not fit enough and the risks are too great for you to undergo this type of elective surgery.

    Article Sources Include: ASPS Procedural Statistics represent procedures performed by ASPS Member Surgeons certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery® as well as other physicians certified by American Board of Medical Specialties-recognized boards. © ASPS, 2005

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