Cosmetic surgery is a discipline of medicine dedicated to improving and enhancing the physical aesthetic of the human body through surgical and medical techniques. Also known as plastic surgery, the name actually derives from the Greek plastikos, which means “to mold or shape” rather than the fact that man-made materials such as silicone are used during plastic surgery procedures.
The first iteration of the term “plastic surgery” dates back nearly two centuries to 1818 when a German doctor named Carl Ferdinand von Graefe coined it in order to describe the medical process of molding or reshaping body tissues. However, the medical procedure of plastic surgery itself goes back even further – all the way back to somewhere between 2500BCE and 3000BCE Ancient Egypt where written records of the repair and reconstruction of broken noses can be found in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, one of the oldest medical texts discovered in the world.
Plastic surgery gain prominence in the medical world after World War I and II when doctors and surgeons were tasked with treating injured soldiers for burns, missing limbs and facial reconstruction. The need and demand for plastic surgery procedures subsequently led to the facilitation and growth of sub-specialties such as craniofacial surgery by surgeons.
Nowadays, when people talk about getting cosmetic surgery, they are normally referring to procedures that enhance the aesthetics of the human body, and that’s why cosmetic surgery is usually elective, meaning that patients volunteer or opt for surgery on their own merit.
As a general rule, when it comes to cosmetic surgery, women make up a large chunk of the clientele, unsurprising considering the vast differences society has when it comes to beauty standards for men and women. Women were supposed to maintain a certain upkeep when it comes to their physical appearance whilst men did not. However, times have changed and with terms like metrosexuality no longer being taboo, plastic surgeons have seen an increasing spike of male clientele over the past few years as men become more comfortable about being concerned about their physical appearance.
So what are the cosmetic procedures that attract the male clientele? Let’s take a look.
A rhinoplasty or a nose job as it is more commonly known, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that leaves no scars as the operation is carried out inside of the individual’s nostrils. The average nose job takes around two hours and involves the surgeon re-shaping the bones and cartilage in the nose as well as adding or removing tissue in order to change the size and shape of the nose. Patients who undergo nose jobs should expect some bruising post-surgery and full recovery can vary from weeks to months.
Rhinoplasty operations are popular with men because as they say, your face is the moneymaker. Men usually opt for a nose job because they are either unhappy with the size or shape of their nose – too big or too small – or they want to correct a nose that has been broken or rendered crooked by an accident or sports-related injury.
Hair transplant surgery involves harvesting scalp hair and hair follicles from an area like the head or chest that has a lot of hair to an area with little to no hair. This procedure is usually minimally invasive and leaves no scarring but the length of the operation is dependent on how big an area that needs to be harvested and covered.
Hair transplants are popular amongst men due to the consequences of male pattern baldness. Thinning hair and bald spots can affect an individual’s self esteem and confidence and a hair transplant can help alleviate this by offering men the opportunity to cover up their bald spots or achieve naturally looking fuller locks.
Gynaecomastia surgery, also known as breast reduction surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves harvesting tissue from the chest/breast area and either disposing it or transferring it to other areas such as the biceps or triceps. On average, this procedure takes 90 minutes and involves making an incision around the areola to remove the tissue and if there is an excess amoung that needs to be removes, surgeons may opt for liposuction. The recovery time for gynaecomastia surgery is around a week but patients should avoid heavy lifting for a month or so to aid fully recovery.
Breast reduction surgery is now common among men who either suffer from breast-boosting hormones that give them “man boobs”, have lost a lot of weight or simply want a more chiseled chest and more aesthetically pleasing upper torso.
Liposuction is a medical procedure that involves sucking fat out from the body via a tube. Considered to be a minimally invasive procedure and normally done under a local anesthetic, liposuction procedures use ultrasound waves to break up the fat before a tube is used to remove it.
Liposuction has become an increasingly popular option amongst men who want that “perfect summer body”, defined six packs or just a more contoured stomach but can’t seem to achieve their desired results through an exercise regime or diet. Liposuction helps them achieve their aesthetic goal by surgically removing those stubborn pockets of fat that refuse to dissipate through dieting and exercise.
In conclusion, when it comes to men and plastic surgery, the stigma of men not supposing to pay attention to their looks and appearance is dwindling, and with that knowledge, men are now more comfortable with seeking surgical assistance to enhance the aesthetics of their bodies. As with women, there are certain areas of the body that men tend to focus their attention on and thus, cosmetic procedures involving nose jobs, hair transplants, liposuction and breast reduction have been an uptick in male clientele.