Feeling a Bit Inadequate? Cosmetic Surgery Procedures for Men

Men may not be as vain as women when it comes to their looks (maybe), but they are gaining ground fast. Guys accounted for 984,903 (nine percent) of all surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in 2005, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – up from 640,240, five years ago.

Surprisingly, men are more likely than women to seek facial cosmetic surgery for work-related reasons (22 percent to women’s 15 percent), according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The most popular procedures for men are liposuction, Botox injections, surgery for lifting eyelids and laser resurfacing and chemical-peel skin treatments – all to make them look younger and fitter. But that doesn’t mean the boys only like to get things done just to captivate the opposite sex.

Here is a breakdown of some of the more popular procedures.

Procedure: Lipoplasty (liposuction) ‘ suction-assisted
Best Candidate: guys of normal weight but with isolated fatty areas
Cost: $3,000
How It’s Done: A hollow tube called a cannula is passed back and forth through the fat, and a powerful vacuum is used to remove the fat from the body.
Length of Procedure: 45 minutes to two hours
Number of Treatments: one
Heads Up: the procedure may result in loose skin, and lumps and bumps and permanent scars.
Results: Permanent
Back to Life: one to two weeks

Procedure: Botox
Best Candidate: Those with frown lines and crow’s feet
Cost: $400
How It’s Done: It is injected directly into the affected muscle.
Length of Procedure: 30 minutes
Repeat treatments: Four to six months
Heads Up: Can lead to difficulty with swallowing, upper respiratory infection, neck pain (11 percent) and headache
Results: About three months
Back to Life: No downtime

Procedure: Eyelid Surgery
Best Candidate: Those with excess fat, wrinkled, drooping skin for upper eyelids; bags, puffiness under eyes
Cost: $3,000
How It’s Done: Laser removes excess skin, fat and sometimes muscle from the upper or lower eyelids
Length of Procedure: One to three hours
Repeat treatments: One
Heads Up: Infection, scarring, asymmetry, under- or over-correction, inability to close eyes, and dry eyes
Results: Five to 10 years
Back to Life: Around 10 days

Procedure: Gynecomastia (treatment for large male breasts)
Best Candidate: Chumps with big tits
Cost: $3,000
How’s It Done: Incision is made along the lower, outer edge of the areola (the colored area around the nipple)
Length of Procedure: Two hours
Repeat treatments: One
Heads Up: Infection, blood or fluid collection, loss of sensation
Results: Permanent
Back to Life: One week

Procedure: Dermabrasion
Best Candidate: Blokes with acne, premature wrinkles around mouth, sun-damaged skin
Cost: $1,500
How’s It Done: The surgeon scrapes away the outermost layer of skin with a rough wire brush, or a burr containing diamond particles, attached to a motorized handle.
Length of Procedure: A few minutes to 1 1/2 hours
Repeat Treatments: Multiple sessions
Heads Up: For Change in skin pigmentation, some individuals develop excessive scar tissue
Results: Long-lasting
Back to Life: Seven to 10 days

Procedure: Penis Enlargement
Best Candidate: Anyone looking for a boost of self-esteem and to enhance sexual fun, so it’s believed. Increase likelihood of career as porn star.
Cost: $1,500 to $6,000
How’s It Done: A laser can be used to reduce bleeding; augmentation is done with various fillers such as fat or alloderm.
Length of Procedure: One to two hours
Repeat Treatments: No
Heads Up: May result in bleeding, infection, scarring, contour irregularity, asymmetry, change in sensation.
Results: Mostly permanent
Back to Life: Within a week

Procedure: Pec Implants
Best Candidate: Those who feel that their chest is underdeveloped
Cost: $2,000 to $5,000 (implant may be additional)
How It’s Done: The incision is usually limited to one inch or less, with the implant or fat being slid in.
Length of Procedure: One to two hours
Number of Treatments: one, possible repeat.
Heads Up: Infection, blood or fluid collection, implant shifting, asymmetry
Results: Implants are permanent but a fat transfer may need to be repeated
Back to Life: One to two weeks

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