Think only women obsess over their looks? Think again. With more men opting to go under the knife, it’s important to separate fact from fiction.
What Every Man Should Know Before a Cosmetic Procedure
Myth #1 – Men only get surgery on their bodies; they don’t mess with their faces.False. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2011, the top five male cosmetic procedures were:
- Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) – 62,000 procedures
- Eye Lid Surgery – 29,000 procedures
- Liposuction – 23,000 procedures
- Breast Reduction – 20,000 procedures
- Facelift – 11,000 procedures
Myth #2 - To get rid of man “boobs”, just lose weight.False. Enlarged breast tissue in men actually has a medical name. It’s known as gynecomastia. And losing weight isn’t always the answer to get rid of them. Even with weight loss, male breast reduction is often needed to return breast tissue back to its natural appearance. Weight gain is one reason for it, but it can also be caused by genetics, hormones, and medications. While a man having breasts can be embarrassing, it isn’t physically harmful.
Myth #3 – Men who receive plastic surgery are vain.There will always be those who seek cosmetic surgery for vanity reasons, but not all men opt for procedures just for their looks. There are several medical reasons for cosmetic surgery. For example, while gynecomastia itself is not an issue, it may be a catalyst for an underlying medical issue such as cirrhosis or testicular cancer. Rhinoplasty may be necessary if a man has a broken nose and the bones don’t mend correctly, causing breathing issues. Men with a deviated septum may also need rhinoplasty as part of a sinus procedure.
Myth #4 – For a man, any plastic/cosmetic surgeon will do.This myth can be dangerous. As with any other surgical procedure, time and care should be paid to who is going to be doing the work. Some men are notorious for just getting the least expensive item as long as it is functional. Men, this is not an area you want to skimp on. Find out how much your insurance will cover and be prepared for anything else out of pocket.
It is also important to know what type of training your surgeon has received. A board certified doctor is best to have, but be sure to know what they are truly certified in. Some surgeons may be certified in another specialty and ended up in plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgeons are not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Be sure to look for a board certified plastic surgeon. There is a difference. Ask questions and don’t assume. You wouldn’t have a board certified orthopedic perform surgery on your liver would you?