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Breaking the Stigma: More Men are Choosing to Have Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery for Men
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Dr. Phillip Chang

Board Certified By The American Board of Plastic Surgeons.
Voted Top Plastic Surgeon in Loudoun, Virginia
Offices in Leesburg, Virginia.

Best of Loudoun 2019
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The number of cosmetic surgery procedures performed on men continues to rise year after year. With many surgical and non-surgical options that can benefit them aesthetically, many men have decided that it is time to look as good as they feel – breaking the stigma once and for all.

It’s a fact: men want to look good too. After years of being told that plastic surgery is only for women, men are beginning to fight back. The number of cosmetic surgery procedures performed on men continues to rise year after year. With many surgical and non-surgical options that can benefit them aesthetically, many men have decided that it is time to look as good as they feel – breaking the stigma once and for all.

Why Men Choose Cosmetic Surgery?

The reasons why men choose plastic surgery are very personal. Some men are looking to remove excess skin from weight loss, while others need a little extra help getting rid of their love handles. As we live healthier, longer lives, many men find themselves depressed when they can’t make their outward appearances reflect their inner energy and spirit. It’s all about being comfortable and confident in their skin – just like their female counterparts.

Cosmetic Surgery Procedures for Men

While it is impossible to touch on every single procedure from which men can benefit, a handful of surgeries have been hugely popular with males over the past several years.

Also known as a male breast reduction, gynecomastia treats excessive skin and fat on a man’s breasts – often referred to as “man boobs.” It can also address the shape and size of the nipple-areolar complex, which may sag or stretch due to the weight of breast tissue. This condition can by caused by a hormone imbalance, medication side effects, drug or alcohol abuse, or one of many health conditions. When a man has this extra skin and fat, it can give his chest a feminine appearance. Gynecomastia solves this issue by reducing the size of the breasts and flattening them. At the same time, the shape and contour of the chest can be enhanced.

When diet and exercise aren’t enough to get rid of love handles or define stomach muscles, liposuction may be the answer. Liposuction can reshape and slim stubborn fat deposits and cellulite in areas like the thighs and abdomen. Even the cheeks and neck can be treated.

Also known as nose surgery, rhinoplasty is fantastic for resizing or reshaping the nose. If you are unhappy with the way your nose blends in with the rest of your face – because it is either crooked or too big – then a rhinoplasty can help. By performing a facial analysis, the cosmetic surgeon can match the proportion of your nose with the rest of your face, all without making it too feminine. Rhinoplasties are often performed with chin augmentation procedures.

Chin Augmentation
When the projection of your lower jaw isn’t strong enough, it can change the entire look of your face. A chin augmentation can adjust your projection by using bone or implants to reshape your chin. It is often performed with liposuction to ensure a powerful, sculpted jawline.

Lower Rhytidectomy
“Turkey necks” are extremely common as we age and our skin loosens. Unfortunately, this excess neck skin can make your face look fuller and your chin seem weaker. A lower rhytidectomy, or neck lift, can tighten loose neck skin and improve the appearance of jowls. Neck lifts bring youthful delineation back to your face and neck, giving you a younger appearance.

Also known as eyelid rejuvenation, a blepharoplasty removes signs of aging by tightening muscles and improving the appearance of either the lower or upper eyelids – or both. It can address sagging skin, puffiness, bags, and fine wrinkles. Blepharoplasty will help you look rested and more refreshed.

Non-Surgical Cosmetic Options for Men

As technology continues to advance, non-invasive treatments have become increasingly reliable and productive.

As a non-surgical alternative to liposuction, SculpSure contours and shapes problem areas using a non-invasive laser treatment. It has been clinically tested and boasts results of up to 24-percent fat reduction in treated areas. It is ideal for defining the abdominal area and the chest, restoring firmness and definition.

BOTOX® is one of the safest ways to melt away wrinkles and fine lines on your forehead and around your eyes. The simple injections require just a 10-minute office visit, yet each treatment lasts three to four months.

KYBELLA® is a non-surgical option for neck lifts. The injections destroy fat in the chin area over the course of two to three treatments. It is perfect for men wanting to get rid of their “double chins.”

Considerations for Male Cosmetic Surgery

Men not only have thicker skin and more abundant blood supplies, but they also have facial hair that must be considered when operating on and around the facial area. If you are contemplating a procedure to enhance your appearance, make sure that you find a highly-skilled, Board-certified plastic surgeon with ample experience working on men.

It’s All About How You Feel

Confidence is key throughout life. When you are confident, you perform better during job interviews, you seek companionship when you are lonely, and you actively pursue your dreams. Cosmetic procedures – both surgical and non-surgical – can give men the courage and assurance they need to live life to the fullest, no matter what age.


Most frequent questions and answers

Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S. affecting nearly 50 million Americans at any time. Acne is caused when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It can often be persistent and unsightly.

The Acne Clear BBL is a cutting-edge acne treatment that uses the power of light to comfortably and effectively clear acne without expensive creams or toxic medicines…

Brown sun and age spots are some of the first signs of aging and sun damage.

Treatment options include

  1. Creams such as hydroquinone and retin A.  Hydroquinone is a bleaching agent while Retin A increases cellular turnover.  Over-the-counter creams will generally not have high enough concentrations to be effective.
  2. Forever Young BBL – Cutting edge technology providing the most powerful and effective IPL option.

The Forever Young BBL uses Broad Band Light to alter skin melanin and rejuvenate cellular DNA.  Instead of spending time and money on ineffective skin care products many of our patients have turned to the Forever Young BBL to make their skin more vibrant and youthful; reducing brown and red pigmentation problems, promoting collagen, and rejuvenating cellular DNA. It is the most popular laser treatment in our clinic.

What to expect from the Forever Young BBL:

  • Treatments take 20-30 minutes
  • Up to 80% improvement after a single treatment.
  • Most patients will benefit from adding a Micro Laser Peel and a Profractional Laser Peel ( Triple Laser Package )
  • Fine facial lines and wrinkles are a result of UV sun damage, the breakdown of collagen, and a decrease in skin hydration. The Micro Laser Peel and the Profractional Laser are ablative lasers designed to reverse these changes.

    • The Micro Laser Peel precisely ablates the surface skin in order to remove UV damaged skin
    • The Profractional Laser ablates deep columns of skin that can reach to the deep dermis. This allows for skin contraction but it also encourages new cell grown and organizes new collagen

    Results depend on the depth of treatment. Recovery from a maintenance treatment can be as little as a day; but recovery from aggressive treatments can be as much as 7 days. Many patients will benefit from the addition of the Forever Young BBL ( Triple Laser Package ).

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