At my plastic surgery practice in Portland, I treat both men and women. And though they often pursue the same procedures, such as liposuction, their motivations and considerations before and after their surgeries can be very different.
It’s no secret that men and women alike are influenced by our culture’s definitions of attractiveness. For women, this usually means a pronounced hourglass figure, glowing, youthful skin, and prominent lips and eyes. For men, the standards are different and often reference a strong jawline, a muscular or “chiseled” body, and alert, distinguished facial features. The overwhelming majority of my patients are interested in addressing these features. Women, for example, may enlarge their breasts with breast augmentation, while men who are bothered by pronounced breast tissue can reduce it with gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction.
Other sex-specific considerations come into play, too. For women, family planning often plays a major part in the decision about whether or not to undergo plastic surgery. Pregnancy and childbirth can alter or even undo the results of some surgeries, such as a tummy tuck. Men don’t share these specific concerns, but they often worry more about taking time off work and being left with very obvious results. My male patients often choose procedures that create more subtle outcomes and discreet scarring.
If you’re considering plastic surgery but aren’t sure where to start, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you map out your best course of action.