The active man's guide to plastic surgery: Balancing fitness, health and cosmetic enhancements
You're the guy who's active and takes care of your health – from a balanced diet to good hydration and plenty of sleep, you've got it all under control. Plus, you manage your stress well, get regular check-ups and limit your alcohol intake.
But still, you feel there are things about your appearance that you would like to improve beyond a healthy lifestyle. Is this even possible? Of course, it is! Consider this – no amount of diet and exercise can change your facial features or remove sagging skin or pockets of stubborn fat.
So, gentlemen, get ready to embark on a journey where fitness, health and cosmetic enhancements converge to create the best possible version of you!
We spoke to two board-certified plastic surgeons who are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and are in touch with today's masculine aesthetic.
Men get plastic surgery
According to Adam Schaffner, MD, FACS, there has been an uptick in men coming into his practice for procedures like chin implants and liposuction of their jawline and neck in recent years. Combining these procedures can transform the chin from weak to strong, reveal the jawline and improve the profile, which are common asks for men seeking out plastic surgery.
"If you look at most CEOs, heads of state, actors and models, they have strong jawlines," said Schaffner, adding that mean are also coming in for facelifts and neck lifts, especially as they get into their 50s and beyond.
"They feel good on the inside, they have energy, they want to be competitive in the workforce and dating," said Schaffner. "They don't want to look old, especially if they don't feel old and still are very mobile and have a strong, agile mind."
Talking about it
Gregory Albert, MD, said plenty of men come in for his help – albeit quietly. "With plastic surgery being as out there as it has been, guys are more comfortable doing it, yet they still are not comfortable talking about it."
Even if men are uncomfortable talking about plastic surgery, they get it. In fact, in 2020 alone, roughly 1.1 million men got cosmetic surgery. Looking just at surgical procedures specifically, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, cheek implants, liposuction on spots like their flanks and stomach and ear surgery were the most popular. Botox injections were by far the most popular minimally invasive treatment among men.
"Plastic surgery is not about, 'you're just fine the way you are,'" said Albert. "You're fine, but you're not optimized; you're not at your best."
Albert stresses the goal of optimization and wants men to look and feel their best when they look in the mirror. Some men, he said, are "already doing everything they can" to optimize their looks with diet and exercise and quietly turn to him for additional help.
Albert is not just a plastic surgeon. He takes an integrated approach to help his male patients look and feel their best with a suite of services that address the whole person. His facility offers men's peptides and hormone supplementation, skincare, facials, lasers, body tightening, anti-aging machines – and plastic surgery.
If you're considering plastic surgery as part of your journey toward self-improvement, read on for a guide to help you navigate the process.
Determine your goals
Start by identifying your specific goals and concerns. Do you want to address signs of aging, reshape certain features or correct any physical abnormalities? Understanding your objectives will help guide your decisions throughout the process.
Research and choose a qualified plastic surgeon
Selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in performing procedures on male patients is crucial. Research their credentials, read patient reviews and schedule consultations with multiple surgeons to find the one who aligns with your needs and makes you feel comfortable.
Understand the procedures
Educate yourself about the plastic surgery procedures that interest you. Common procedures for men include rhinoplasty, liposuction, gynecomastia surgery, neck lift, facelift, eyelid surgery and body contouring. Learn about the benefits, risks and recovery process associated with each procedure to make an informed decision.
Consultation and customized treatment plan
During your consultation, discuss your goals and concerns openly with the surgeon. They'll assess your unique anatomy and recommend suitable procedures to achieve your desired results. Ask questions, review before-and-after photos and ensure you clearly understand the procedure, including expected outcomes and potential complications.
Preparing for surgery
If you decide to proceed with plastic surgery, follow your surgeon's preoperative instructions. This may include abstaining from certain medications, quitting smoking and adjusting your lifestyle to optimize your overall health before the procedure. Being in good physical condition can contribute to a smoother recovery.
Recovery and aftercare
Understand the recovery process for your specific procedure and follow your surgeon's postoperative instructions carefully. Arrange for a support system to help you during your recovery period. Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including balanced nutrition and exercise – within the limitations outlined by your surgeon – to promote healing and maintain long-term results.
It's essential to have realistic expectations about the outcome of your plastic surgery. While surgery can enhance your appearance, it cannot completely change your life or solve underlying emotional issues. Communicate openly with your surgeon about your expectations and understand that results will vary based on individual factors.
Maintenance and follow-up
Plastic surgery can provide long-lasting results, but certain procedures may require maintenance. Follow your surgeon's instructions for postoperative follow-up appointments and ask about any recommended treatments or skincare routines to help maintain and optimize your results.
Remember, plastic surgery is a personal choice, and making decisions that align with your values and desires is essential. With some research and planning, you can balance plastic surgery with fitness and health for the best possible version of yourself!
To find a qualified plastic surgeon for any cosmetic or reconstructive procedure, consult a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. All ASPS members are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, have completed an accredited plastic surgery training program, practice in accredited facilities and follow strict standards of safety and ethics. Find an ASPS member in your area.