Male plastic Surgery
Cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly popular among men. Some of the most common procedures include gynecomastia, liposuction, tummy tuck, facelift, and rhinoplasty. The techniques used for each procedure will vary slightly from patient to patient depending on the patient’s health history, the extent of correction necessary, and the patient’s desired results. Dr. Castillo will review the risks and benefits for each procedure in detail during your consultation.
Gynecomastia is the enlargement of male breasts. When excess breast tissue is involved, it is usually due to a hormonal imbalance. Often, men may just have excess fat in this area. In either case, gynecomastia surgery, also called male breast reduction, will decrease the size of male breasts and restore a more masculine physique. Many men experience increased confidence as a result of this procedure. Liposuction alone may be used when enlarged male breasts are the result of excess fatty tissue. In cases where excess glandular tissue is present, excision may be necessary to remove the excess tissue and skin. Incision length and pattern will vary depending on the extent of tissue to be removed.
Liposuction is a procedure designed to improve the contour of many areas of the body. Most commonly, it is performed on the buttocks, abdomen, flanks, thighs, and arms. It can also be used on the face and neck area. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure but is more suited for fatty areas of the body that are difficult to target through diet and exercise alone. There are many different approaches to liposuction. In general, a thin hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through a few small incisions in the area of treatment. With a controlled back and forth motion, excess fat will be loosened and suctioned out of the body through a surgical vacuum attached to the cannula.
The tummy tuck procedure addresses excess fat and skin on the abdomen and tightens the underlying muscles to provide a smoother abdominal profile. A full tummy tuck will improve the contour of the entire abdomen, while a “mini” tummy tuck will address only the lower portion. A full tummy tuck utilizes a horizontal incision from one hip bone to the other. The shapeand length of the incision will depend on the degree of correction necessary. Weakened abdominal muscles will be sutured to provide a tighter abdominal wall. Any excessfat, tissue and skin is removed. A second incision around the navel is made to provide access to the tissues and skin of the upper abdomen. A mini tummy tuck is similar, but it does not use an incision around the navel.
A facelift can improve sagging skin and wrinkles in the midface, below the lower eyelids, along the jawline, and the neck. This procedure is often performed along with a brow lift,eyelid lift, and/or rhinoplasty to achieve an overall rejuvenated facial appearance. Incisions generally begin in the hairline at the temples and extend down around the ears to the lower scalp. The underlying facial muscles are tightened in the desired areas, and excess facial skin is trimmed away. If necessary, another incision is made under the chin to address loose skin on the neck.
Rhinoplasty, also referred to as “nose surgery,” can improve both the form and function of the nose, depending on the needs of the patient. A rhinoplasty can correct breathing problems (caused by genetics or injury) with a septoplasty, or it can correct various aesthetic concerns. The procedural technique used will vary depending on the type and extent of the corrections needed.