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Feature Article Cosmetic Surgery for Men: Is It Right for You?

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While it’s true that the majority of patients undergoing cosmetic procedures are women, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of men seeking plastic surgery to slow aging or rejuvenate their looks is on the rise.

“Most men who seek a consultation are looking for subtle changes in their appearance to address signs of aging or imperfections,” explained Plastic Surgeon Richard Havard, MD, with Samaritan Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery in Corvallis. “Oftentimes men seeking cosmetic procedures are on a career path that requires competition with younger man and women, or they are healthy individuals and simply want to look as good as they feel.”

In recent years, a few of the top plastic surgery procedures requested by men were:

Eyelid lift (Blepharoplasty): Performed on the upper or lower eyelids, surgery can be used to correct puffiness, loose sagging skin, eyelid wrinkles, bags under the eyes and droopiness of the eyelids.

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty): A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen along with tightening and restoring weakened or separated muscles of the abdominal wall. A tummy tuck is a good option if you are physical healthy, but you’re looking to eliminate sagging skin in the tummy region due to aging, fluctuations in weight, heredity or prior surgery. Though it can remove some excess fat, a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss and is only recommended when you have reached a healthy, stable weight.

Liposuction: A minimally invasive technique to remove fat under the skin and improve body shape, liposuction can help eliminate stubborn sections of fat that don’t disappear with diet and exercise. Commonly, liposuction is performed in the abdomen and waist, thighs, hips, arms, back, chest and neck.

“Ultimately, diet, exercise and caring for your skin still may not result in the most confident you,” explained Dr. Havard. “And the right cosmetic procedure can help you look as great as you feel in no time.”

Visit samhealth.org/Plastics for more information about the types of cosmetic procedures offered at Samaritan Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery in Corvallis.

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