First, new body-contouring technologies have expanded the range of options for everyone — men and women — who desire a slimmer, more sculpted body. These exciting new procedures have proven to be effective in melting away excess fat without surgery and with little or no downtime, and have brought body contouring within the reach of people who don’t have the time or money for more invasive surgical procedures.
Second, more and more men are choosing to have cosmetic procedures as the image of plastic surgery as a women’s-only remedy is quickly fading. Men make up about 10% of plastic surgeons’ patients now, and their numbers are growing rapidly. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recently cited the boom in male body-contouring treatments as one of the top trends in cosmetic procedures for 2020.
Learn how body-contouring procedures can give you a younger, sculpted, more masculine look.
What’s Behind the Surge in Male Body Contouring?
Just as women have long turned to cosmetic procedures for their rejuvenating, beautifying, and body-enhancing effects, so men are now opting for treatments to make themselves look younger and more attractive.
Part of this surge is due to the shattering of outdated stigmas associated with plastic surgery. Men and women both care about their appearances, but for men, society once considered taking extra steps to improve their looks as a sign of male vanity. Those walls may have started to fall with improvements in treatments for male pattern baldness. What man wouldn’t want to have a full, natural-looking head of hair if treatment was available? And the biases have continued to fade as men have become increasingly attentive to their looks, including the contours of their bodies.
Men and women both realize the impression we make on others — in personal relationships and at work — relates inextricably to our appearance. A cosmetic procedure to make a man look younger, fitter, and more masculine can help him in all aspects of life. At work, a youthful appearance often links in people’s minds to such characteristics as energy, drive, and creativity. Those subconscious biases can be hard to overcome as we age. But when we take steps to look our best, we can harness those attitudes to work in our favor. Looking younger and fitter can also make a man more appealing in personal relationships.
Having a procedure to improve his appearance can also give a boost to a man’s self-confidence, which can affect his behavior and his chances of success. When we feel good about ourselves, we are more optimistic and more likely to take steps that help us do better in life — whether it’s to adopt healthy eating and exercise habits or to be bolder and more creative in our professional actions.
What Body-Contouring Treatments Are Most Popular With Men?
Annual surveys conducted by the ASAPS show that men are opting in large numbers for body-contouring procedures. Among the surgical procedures done on men, liposuction was the most popular (over 32,000 performed), closely followed by male breast reduction (almost 25,000). Tummy tucks for men were also in the top five. More than 22,000 men had non-surgical fat-reduction procedures.
We’ll explain the benefits of each of these popular male body-contouring procedures, and what they involve.
Liposuction for Men
Liposuction, the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure for men, is a minimally invasive treatment to remove stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Men usually opt to get liposuction to remove belly bulges, love handles, and fatty buildup in the breasts. It can also extract excess fat from the neck or under the chin.
In a liposuction procedure, Dr. Silverton uses a thin tube, called a cannula, to suction fat from the body. When considering liposuction, it’s vital to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with expertise in the most advanced methods, especially the LipoPerfection® technique. This treatment uses ultrasonic waves to disperse a wetting solution into the fat in the treatment area. By hydrating the fat, LipoPerfection makes it easier to remove and minimizes the chances of complications, such as bleeding.
Having prepared the fat for removal with LipoPerfection, Dr. Silverton suctions it out of the body using a special syringe. The tiny punctures in the skin made for the liposuction cannula heal easily, much as needle marks for blood draws or injections do. In many cases, no stitches are necessary, and Dr. Silverton covers the wounds with sterile bandages to stop immediate bleeding and prevent infection. In other cases, he will use small stitches to close the openings.
Recovery from liposuction requires a short period of downtime, and you may experience some short-term swelling and bruising. Most men go back to work and resume their normal activities a few days after the procedure.
Once the swelling goes down, you’ll see an immediate slimming effect. Because liposuction permanently removes fat cells from the treated area, its body-contouring results are long-lasting.
Male Breast Reduction
Breast reduction is, after liposuction, the next most popular plastic surgery procedure for men. The condition of overly large breasts in men is called gynecomastia. It’s a common problem that affects many men at different stages of life. For some men, excessive breast tissue development begins in childhood and worsens during puberty. For others, it can develop later in life, caused by weight gain, hormonal changes, or treatment with specific medications. Genetics often play a role, as well. Whatever the reason, the effect is the often embarrassing development of enlarged breasts — far from the ideal of a sculpted, masculine chest.
Treatment for enlarged male breasts depends on the nature of the excess tissue. If fat deposits are the reason for the problem, liposuction can often correct it. If the breast enlargement is due to excessive glandular tissue, gynecomastia surgery will remove the extra. Either way, the result of treatment is a flatter, more defined chest contour.
That improvement in a man’s external form eliminates a source of embarrassment and leads to a boost in self-confidence. After breast reduction, a man can proudly reveal his torso in a bathing suit and wear tighter-fitting shirts.
Tummy Tuck for Men
Men are often genetically predisposed to gain weight in their abdomen, and even after weight loss with diet and exercise, unwanted pockets of fat can remain in the midsection. Weight gain and loss can also leave a man with loose, hanging skin. In some cases, weakened abdominal muscles lead to poor posture, lower back pain, and a lack of support for the torso.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is surgery to flatten and tighten the abdomen. Dr. Silverton makes an incision along the lower abdomen where the scar will not be visible. He removes excess skin and, if needed, tightens and reconnects the abdominal muscles. Dr. Silverton may also use liposuction to remove a moderate amount of excess fat.
The result is a flat, trim, masculine midsection where abdominal muscles are the noticeable feature, rather than fatty bulges or loose, hanging skin. By tightening and reconnecting weakened abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck can also strengthen the torso, improve posture, and reduce or eliminate back pain.
If you dislike your diet- and exercise-resistant pockets of fat and loose skin, but aren’t ready for liposuction or surgery, some exciting non-surgical options are now available that deliver incremental slimming without the downtime of more invasive procedures. truSculpt 3D is one of these. This innovative procedure uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to heat and melt away abdominal fat tissue deep below the skin, while also stimulating healthy skin growth.
truSculpt 3D treatment is the result of scientific studies that showed RF energy damages fat cells while benefiting the surrounding skin and tissue. The RF energy stimulates collagen production and improves skin tightness and resiliences.
In a truSculpt 3D treatment session, you sit or lie comfortably while a treatment technician gently guides the applicator over the surface of your skin, sending RF energy into the fatty areas below. The RF waves heat the fat cells, damaging them until they are no longer viable, while also triggering fresh collagen production in the skin. There’s no downtime after a treatment session. You can go straight back to work or resume your normal activities.
In the days and weeks after the treatment session, your lymphatic system and liver process these damaged fat cells out of your body as waste. You won’t feel this happening; you’ll only notice your abdomen getting gradually slimmer as the excess fat disappears. The skin above the treated area will also tighten to your new contours. The full results take about eight to 12 weeks to appear.
Each truSculpt 3D session will destroy a percentage of the fat cells in the treated area. And those fat cells are gone forever, so the results are permanent. Once the full results of the treatment are visible, you can have another truSculpt 3D session for even greater slimming effects.
Verjú Laser Fat Reduction
Verjú laser fat reduction is another innovative treatment for reducing excess fat and tightening skin without surgery. This treatment uses low-level light therapy — a “cold” laser that does not generate heat. Directing a cold laser through the skin into the fat cells below causes the lipids to begin “melting out” of the fat cells. The fat cells shrink in size, and the treated area becomes slimmer. At the same time, collagen production in the skin kicks into high gear.
In a Verjú treatment session, you sit or lie comfortably while the treatment tech beams the green laser into the targeted area of fat cells. You’ll feel nothing while this is happening. After the session, you can return to your normal activities. The slimming effects will appear gradually, over the following month or two, as your body naturally flushes out the lipids and refreshes your skin. For the best effect, you may need several treatment sessions.
Verjú can shave up to four inches of fat from the waistline. That’s a dramatic body-contouring result for a procedure that involves no surgery and no discomfort. No wonder more and more men are giving it a try!
Learn More About Male Body Contouring in Stockton, CA
Find out how the latest innovations in body contouring can improve your appearance and make you feel better about yourself. Dr. John Silverton is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Stockton, CA. He is an expert in all of the treatments described here and experienced in using them to enhance the male body. Call us at 209.952.2251 or contact us today to schedule a consultation.