While plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments are available for both men and women, and some procedures are just as popular with male patients as they are with female patients, there remain some major differences in the surgeries when they are performed on men compared to when they are performed on women. Often, a plastic surgeon working with a male patient will have to adjust his method because of a man has different goals than a female patient and because the male anatomy is considerably different from the female anatomy.
In some ways, men have the same goals and desires are women when they are thinking about having surgery. For example, it’s not uncommon for a man to want a facelift or eyelid surgery to give him a more refreshed, alert and youthful look. Men, like women, don’t want to look as though they have had work done. They want a natural appearance.
But, when it comes to the details of the surgery and what changes they would like made specifically, men tend to have different desires and goals than women. One example is in the case of rhinoplasty. In both men and women the surgery is performed to change the shape or size of the nose, to make the nose less crooked, or to adjust the angle of the nose’s tip. But, men tend to want different, specific things from their rhinoplasty than women.
For example, women prefer a more upturned nasal tip. Often, an angle of about 100 degrees is considered most preferable and attractive for a female nose. For a male nose, it’s a different story. A male nose that is too upturned looks too feminine, something most guys do not want. Instead, an angle of 90 degrees is often the prefered angle for the tip of a man’s nose.
While women often want a daintier nose, men tend to want rhinoplasty to give them a stronger, more masculine nose. They might combine their nose surgery with facial implants, to give them a clear, strong jawline and more masculine features overall.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that men have a different anatomy and body type than women. When a surgeon performs surgery on a male, he needs to keep these differences in mind.
Because of the structure of the male face, there is a richer supply of blood to the area. That means that a man does have a slightly higher risk of bleeding during surgery, as well as a higher risk of developing a hematoma, which forms when blood pools in the area, during the procedure.
Another major difference between male and female facial features that needs to be accounted for during surgery is the fact that men tend to grow facial hair. A procedure such as a facelift can reposition some of the areas of the face that do grow hair, meaning that a man might need to shave in unusual places, such as behind the ears, after the surgery. Men also have thicker skin and musculature in the face than women.
Although both men and women need to time to recover after plastic surgery, the pressures put on men by society might interfere with that recovery period. For example, a guy might feel that taking a week or so off from work to give his body a chance to heal is a sign of weakness and want to get right back into the swing of things, when really the best thing to do is to rest.
Since most men don’t wear makeup, concealing incisions and scarring after surgery can be more of a challenge, too. A surgeon can choose the location of the incisions carefully, such as in the hairline, to make them easier for a man to conceal.
In some cases, the procedures available to men differ from those prefered by or available to women. While rhinoplasty, facelift and eyelid surgery are genderless procedures, procedures such as a breast reduction to repair gynecomastia are male-specific.
Men are also more likely to choose certain procedures than women. For example, men are likely to seek out calf or pectoral implants or to consider liposuction that etches the abdominal area in a way that creates the appearance of a six pack.
No matter what surgery a guy is considering, it’s important that he learn as much as he can about it first and that he be willing to follow his surgeon’s instructions before, during and afterwards, to ensure the best possible results.
Dr. Andres Bustillo, MD, regularly performs a variety of surgical and non-surgical facial procedures on male and female patients. Whether you are seeking a more youthful look, a more masculine nose, or that extra fat gone, call 305-663-3380 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bustillo today.