The ideal male body shape is considered to be trim and athletic-looking, with broad shoulders and chest, a flat abdomen, and a narrow hip-thigh area. However, as men age, areas of fat tend to accumulate around the abdomen, the flanks ("love handles"), the breast area (a condition called gynecomastia), and along the chin and neck. Men sometimes seek liposuction to remove these fatty areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.
In many cases, liposuction alone can effectively correct these problem areas. Men retain their skin elasticity longer than women do, and the areas of fat beneath the skin tend to be firmer and more vascular than those in women. Because of these and other factors, liposuction in men is usually very effective.
Abdomen reduction: A full abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" may be chosen by men who have hanging abdominal skin (usually the result of massive weight loss), loose abdominal muscles, and/or neglected hernias. It is a major surgical procedure that removes excess fat, tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall, and trims the waistline. Men who have a full abdominoplasty are often surprised at the long recovery period. Some patients aren't able to return to work up to 4 weeks after surgery.
Men with good skin elasticity who have only a moderate amount of excess abdominal fat may benefit from liposuction alone. Muscle-enhancing surgery: In recent years, plastic surgeons have developed ways of improving muscle contour with cosmetic implants and "sculpting" techniques.
Gynecomastia is a condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men that can occur at any age. The condition can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, obesity, or the use of certain drugs.
Gynecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and impair your self confidence. Some men may even avoid certain physical activities and intimacy simply to hide their condition.
Gynecomastia is characterized by:
•Excess localized fat
•Excess glandular tissue development
•Sometimes excess breast skin
•Presence unilaterally (one breast) or bilaterally (both breasts)
Facial Rejuvenation is a common desire for men, as well as women. Our society places a high value on looking young and fit. Today, men of all ages and all walks of life are requesting plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons. Men's goals include a more balanced nose, stronger facial features, or a rejuvenated face. The procedures used to achieve these goals must take into consideration factors such as skin thickness, beard growth, or body type.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Hawner will have an in depth discussion with you to review your medical history and listen to your plastic surgery desires and goals. He will also conduct a thorough examination to determine details of your problem area and procedures that are best suited to correct the issue. By the end of your consultation, Dr. Hawner will have developed a plan tailored for your specific body requirements and your desired goals for the outcome.
To learn more about these procedures, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website at http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures.html.