Gone are the days when aesthetic surgery was considered a luxury that only millionaires and movie stars could aspire to. Also gone are the days when plastic surgery was seen as a practice relegated only to female patients. As societal norms increasingly associate success with a fit and youthful physical appearance, it’s no wonder that men from all walks of life are looking for ways to conserve a younger-looking and more assertive facial appearance, as well as a more defined and masculine physique. Shedding the outdated stigma of past generations, more and more men are taking advantage of the many technologically advanced procedures that are now available to take years off their appearance, and gain a professional edge by maintaining a more youthful look. Dr. Sameer Jejurikar from Dallas, TX provided us with some insight.
The Boom in Men’s Plastic Surgery Procedures
Undeniably, the continued and increasing interest on the part of male patients to undergo cosmetic procedures is evidenced by statistics as well as anecdotal evidence from plastic surgeons working in the field. Most notably, the most common procedures selected by men are those that improve the facial appearance, including hair transplantation. Yet procedures such as liposuction, body lifts, and pectoral implants that focus on obtaining a more fit and contoured physique are those whose popularity has really skyrocketed in recent years, in response to the increasing societal pressure to look slim, fit and trim. In this particular area, the rise in popularity among men is truly dramatic, with procedures such as lower body lifts, pectoral implants, and buttock implants making up the fastest growing sector in the industry among male patients.
Additionally certain surgeries are generally more popular among men than women, including such procedures as pectoral implants, hair transplantation, and mentoplasty, a surgery designed to re-sculpt and augment volume and definition in the chin.
A Doctor’s Viewpoint from Dr. Sameer Jejurikar
According to Dr. Sameer (Sam) Jejurikar, a highly respected, board-certified plastic surgeon practicing for over 20 years in Dallas, TX and known affectionately by his patients as Dr. J, more and more men are visiting his office to inquire about cosmetic procedures. A highly skilled surgeon with extensive clinical experience, a list of prestigious publications under his belt, and a compassionate bedside manner, Dr J notes that increasingly more men are choosing to undergo plastic surgery or other aesthetic procedures.
“Very often, I get asked by my male patients how often men get cosmetic procedures performed. Truth is, men are increasingly making up a larger percentage of the cosmetic medicine and surgery population,” he explains. Dr. Jejurikar goes on to clarify that, while male procedures are definitely on the rise, most of his male patients prefer to undergo treatments that are minimally invasive and require less downtime during recovery, in comparison to female patients.
Dr. J notes that, at his practice in Dallas, the five most popular aesthetic procedures requested by male patients are the following:
“Liposuction is probably the most common procedure sought by men in my practice,” states Dr. J. Among the most popular areas of the body that men want to address and treat are the abdomen, love handles, and chest. Most men that choose to undergo liposuction are already fit and in good shape, typically close to their ideal weight, and maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle. These men are choosing liposuction treatments to enhance contour and definition in areas where stubborn deposits of fatty tissue won’t respond to diet and exercise.
Dr. Jejurikar, a leader in the movement to ensure patient safety in the field of aesthetic surgery, commonly utilizes ultrasound-assisted liposuction on both male and female patients. This procedure liquefies fat cells and fibrous tissue from problem areas, and extracts this fatty tissue through a gentle vacuum process using a thin tube called a cannula. This treatment not only removes fat cells permanently from these problem areas, leaving the body to eliminate them naturally, but also achieves a degree of skin tightening, enhancing muscular definition in the area. Though less invasive than some other procedures, such as the body lift of tummy tuck, liposuction is nonetheless considered a surgical treatment, and is typically performed under general anesthesia. While the procedure requires minimal down time, with most patients missing a week or less of work, it would be wise for patients to make sure that they have someone who can drive them home from the procedure and assist with basic household chores during that week of recovery.
One area in particular that many men choose to correct through liposuction is the condition of gynecomastia, or excessive fatty tissue that accumulates in the pectoral region, causing men’s breast tissue to enlarge and resemble women’s breasts. Gynecomastia may be successfully treated through liposuction, producing a muscular, masculine contour in the pectoral region that will improve the fit of men’s dress shirts and T-shirts, and prevent embarrassment during athletic activities or summer sports that often require men to go shirt-less. Because liposuction requires only minuscule incisions, there is no conspicuous scarring to worry about, and the procedure produces a totally natural look.
Another advantage to this popular procedure is that liposuction destroys fat cells quickly – be it the spare tire around your waist or excess fat in the back, abdomen, or extremities – but the body then eliminates the fat gradually. This means that to others, it will appear simply as though you’re losing weight naturally. Because the process of breaking down fat cells actually stimulates the production of collagen, the skin in the treatment area will also become firmer and tighter over time for a period of weeks following the procedure.
While liposuction successfully eliminates pockets of fatty tissues in specialized areas permanently, it is not considered a weight loss treatment, and is generally recommended for patients who successfully maintain a fit body and a stable weight that is close to their ideal or target weight. Liposuction will not typically cause patients to shed pounds, but it will produce a reduction in inches. The treatment will also not prevent you from future weight gain in other areas of the body beyond the specific treatment areas. In order to maintain optimal results after a liposuction procedure, Dr. J recommends that you continue to eat healthy, and to remain physically active once you are fully recovered from the procedure.
Botox and Dermal Fillers
The popularity of Botox cannot be overestimated, and the reason this treatment is so popular is because it works, and patients are consistently satisfied with the results of their Botox treatment. Botox is a botulinum neurotoxin-based dermal injection that is designed to eliminate wrinkles and facial lines produced by repetitive facial gestures and animation. The most frequently treated areas are laugh lines and crows’ feet at the corners of the eyes, horizontal wrinkles across the forehead, and deep vertical furrows or worry lines between the eyebrows, sometimes known as “the 11s” giving a refreshed and alert look to the upper face.
Botox works by temporarily relaxing the facial muscles that are responsible for the repetitive gestures that cause these wrinkles and lines to develop, smoothing out the skin in the area as the muscle underneath relaxes. When used over time for extended periods, the muscles may become permanently more relaxed, and follow-up treatments may become less frequent. Botox injections refresh the facial appearance, improve the skin’s firmness and luminosity, and in some cases, also control hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. Patients regain a more youthful and more refreshed appearance lasting for several months. Botox injections are administered quickly in the doctor’s office and require virtually no downtime. This means you can get an injection treatment on your lunch break and start seeing your facial muscles relax and wrinkles begin to soften by the end of the workday. For optimal results, follow-up treatments should be scheduled every 3 to 4 months.
Other injectable fillers are now also gaining popularity among male patients. The fillers most frequently administered contain hyaluronic acid or collagen, two natural components of skin cells. Hyaluronic acid helps skin cells attract and retain moisture, while collagen is crucial to rebuilding damaged skin cells at the structural level. Among those most often recommended by Dr. J for men are Juvederm Ultra Plus, Voluma, and Vollure. These potent and effective injectable fillers effectively diminish the depth and appearance of deeper wrinkles, such as the nasolabial folds or marionette lines that extend from the edges of the nose to the corners of the lips, as well as jowls and sunken cheeks. Aside from a bit of swelling and occasional bruising that may last for a day or two, there is very little to no down time following dermal filler treatments.
Neck lift and Eyelid surgery
Professional men seeking to maintain a competitive edge in the workplace are often willing to consider more invasive facial cosmetic surgery in order to achieve a more comprehensive rejuvenation. This is particularly true of men who are beginning to see the signs of aging setting in, and men who have begun to develop wrinkles and bags around the eyes, as well as sagging skin in the lower face, chin, and neck. While remaining concerned about dramatically altering their facial appearances, many men are now willing to undergo surgery in order to look more youthful, more alert, and more confident, all of which are equated in our society with success.
In patients who have begun to see sagging in the lower face, Dr. J commonly performs a neck lift to eliminate the appearance of saggy skin along the vertical bands of muscle that make up the neck and throat region. The neck lift also reduces the appearance of sagging jowls, as well as a double chin, while also eliminating the dreaded “turkey wattle effect.” The goal in men’s procedures is to avoid exaggerating the cheekbones or making men’s features look feminine.
In many cases, an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty may be recommended at the same time as the neck lift in order to eliminate a tired, aged, or angry appearance in the upper face, and to balance and harmonize the facial features. An eyelid procedure involves trimming away excess fat and loose, flaccid skin that has accumulated in the upper and lower eyelids, and in many cases may be obstruction the patient’s vision or comfort. Once this excess skin and fat are trimmed away, the results are a more alert expression with a renewed emphasis on the eyes. Often this procedure alone can take years off a man’s appearance and achieve dramatic facial rejuvenation.
After undergoing a surgical procedure, bruising and swelling is normal, and tends to be more pronounced in men. For this reason, patients typically elect to combine these two procedures into one session, and allow themselves 10-14 days to fully recover.
Another procedure that is gaining widespread popularity among men is Kybella. Kybella is an injectable treatment derived from deoxycholic acid, or bile acid, and is used to eliminate the double chin, as well as troublesome fat in the neck and throat area, while also tightening sagging skin in the neck. Kybella is FDA-approved for the purpose of tightening the neck, submental region under the chin, and lower face, and achieves dramatic, visible improvements without the need for more invasive procedures such as liposuction or surgery.
Following a Kybella treatment, the neck may feel numb and rubbery for a few weeks, but the improvements to your appearance will be visible within a week after the procedure. This is another injectable treatment that you can get quickly while on your lunch break and go on about your business, making it a convenient favorite among busy professional men on the go and with little time for recovery on their hands.
Kybella is a minimally invasive non-surgical treatment, therefore no anesthesia is required, nor do any incisions need to be made in order to eliminate sagging fat and skin around the neck, which means that the procedure leaves no visible scars. Most patients typically require multiple treatments, usually between 3 and 6, ideally spaced about 4-6 weeks apart, in order to achieve and maintain optimal results.
Hair Restoration and Hair Transplants
Hair restoration is one of the cosmetic procedures that men seek and undergo most often, in order to treat common male pattern baldness, which is often a hereditary condition. There are various ways to treat this condition, depending on the severity of the condition and the patient’s aesthetic goals.
For men who seek to avoid the cost and downtime associated with a surgical hair transplant procedure, Dr. J typically recommends and provides Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, one of the most effective, innovative and revolutionary treatments available today for this purpose. PRP injections infuse the scalp with essential nutrients and living stem cells that stimulate circulation and halt the process of hair loss. In most cases, three treatments are performed within six months, with touch up treatments performed thereafter. These treatments are performed comfortably I the doctor’s office and require no incisions, anesthesia or down time, though a topical anesthetic cream or gel may be applied prior to treatment.
PRP treatments are extremely safe and present very little risk of allergic reaction because they are composed of plasma from the patient’s own blood. While PRP injections can successfully help to slow down the rate of hair loss in treatment areas, thus increasing hair density in that region, the treatment does not stimulate hair growth where there is no hair.
For those looking for a more permanent solution, hair transplantation by means of follicular unit extraction (FUE) may be the ideal option. Dr. J uses and recommends the SmartGraft™ system for this purpose, which utilizes the most advanced technology currently available to achieve hair restoration and stimulate re-growth in areas where hair growth has stopped completely. SmartGraft is a simple outpatient procedure performed in the comfort of the doctor’s office, and is typically completed in only one visit.
During the SmartGraft procedure, hair follicles are carefully harvested from a very small area in the back of the head, where it is easy to camouflage after treatment, leaving no visible scars. These harvested hair follicles are known as donor grafts. The actual grafting procedure involves numbing the area of the scalp where grafts are to be implanted, and creating very small openings in which to implant the donor grafts.
Hair grafting is a very precise and controlled procedure, because the angle and placement of each graft must be absolutely flawless in order to simulate the patient’s natural pattern of hair growth and achieve a totally natural-looking effect. This is one reason why men should shop around when seeking a doctor to perform a hair transplantation treatment, to ensure that the procedure is performed by a competent and skilled surgeon with plenty of clinical experience in performing this highly specialized surgery.
A typical SmartGraft procedure usually takes four to eight hours, depending on how much hair loss there is, and how many grafts are needed to achieve the final result. This treatment produces natural, gradual re-growth of hair, which typically occurs in phases. Most patients begin to notice an improvement within six months following treatment, with full growth becoming evident around 12 months after treatment.
If you’re a man living in the Dallas, Texas area, and are ready to improve and rejuvenate your appearance by taking advantage of today’s popular cosmetic procedures, contact Dr. Sameer Jejurikar today to learn more about what procedures may be most suitable for you!