Plastic Surgery For Men
The Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine Center at PIH Health offers a range of cosmetic procedures often requested by men.
Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure to remove excess fat, glandular tissue and/or skin from overdeveloped or enlarged male breasts. In severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). In these cases, the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved and excess skin may need to be reduced, leading to additional scarring. Gynecomastia may result from hormonal changes, heredity, disease or the use of certain drugs and can affect one breast or both breasts.
Plastic surgeons use a variety of techniques to treat gynecomastia. There is often a more solid breast tissue under the areola that may require excision and biopsy, as well as additional fatty tissue around the chest that is often better removed with liposuction techniques. Breast cancer can occur in males, though much less frequently than in females, but the solid tissue removed may require evaluation. Gynecomastia surgery can be combined with other forms of body-contouring surgery, including liposuction, or performed at the same time as other elective surgeries.
Brow Lift/Forehead Lift
A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, brow rejuvenation, endobrow lift, open brow lift or temporal lift, removes or alters the muscles and skin in the forehead that cause visible signs of aging. The forehead and eyebrow region often show noticeable signs of aging. Looseness in these structures may cause drooping eyebrows, eyelid hooding, forehead furrows, and frown lines. In brow lift surgery, the structures responsible for these problems are tightened or altered to smooth the forehead, raise the upper eyebrows and improve frown lines. A brow lift may be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift or eyelid surgery. Advances in brow lift surgery make it possible to perform the procedure through a variety of approaches including endoscopy. Brow lift surgery is individualized for each patient. The incisions can often be hidden in the hairline.
A facelift, also known as a facial rejuvenation or rhytidectomy, can help to repair some of the visible signs of aging and restore a younger look to the face. A facelift surgically repairs sagging, drooping and wrinkled skin of the face and neck. Facelift surgery is individualized for each patient. The best candidates for facelift surgery have a face and neckline beginning to sag in certain areas rather than everywhere but whose skin has elasticity and whose bone structure is well defined. A facelift can be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures, such as a brow lift, liposuction, eyelid surgery or nasal surgery.
Liposuction, also known as liposculpture, removes deposits of excess fat to improve body appearance and smooth irregular or distorted body shapes. Liposuction can remove unwanted deposits of fat from specific areas of the body, including the neck, upper arms, trunk, abdomen, buttocks, hips and thighs, and the knees, calves and ankles. This is not a substitute for weight reduction but a method for removing localized deposits of fatty tissue that do not respond to diet or exercise. Liposuction may be performed as a primary procedure for body contouring or combined with other surgical techniques such as facelift, abdominoplasty or thigh lift procedures to tighten loose skin and supporting structures.
The best candidates for liposuction are individuals of relatively normal weight who have excess fat in particular body areas. Having firm, elastic skin will result in a better final contour after liposuction. Skin that has diminished tone from stretch marks, weight loss or natural aging may not reshape itself to the new contours and may require additional surgery to remove and tighten excess skin. Body-contour irregularities from structures other than fat cannot be improved by this technique. Liposuction by itself will not improve areas of dimpled skin known as “cellulite.”
We offer a variety of medical aesthetic options to help rejuvenate your appearance and reduce the signs of aging. Get more information about our skin care and aesthetic procedures.
To learn more about plastic and cosmetic services available at PIH Health, call the Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine Center at 562.789.5439.