Plastic Surgery for Men: Trends and Procedures

Dr. Alexandre Figueiredo

Dr. Alexandre Figueiredo - Medical Content Writer

Posted Feb 22, 2018

There has been a dramatic rise in men undergoing cosmetic procedures in the last few years. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there has been a 20% increase in men opting for plastic surgery treatments since 2010. In 2016, the most popular plastic surgery procedure among men was rhinoplasty, followed by eyelid surgery, and gynecomastia surgery. These procedures increased by 1-3% compared to the previous year. Below, we’ve laid out a rundown of the popular options for plastic surgery for men, with a short explanation of how they work and how much they cost.

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, or “nose job”, is a common choice when it comes to cosmetic surgery for men. This procedure alters the shape of the nose for cosmetic purposes or to improve breathing. During this procedure, a plastic surgeon removes or reshapes the bone and cartilage in the nose to reduce its size, change the width of the bridge, eliminate dips or bumps, alter the tip, adjust nostril shape, or to create symmetry. In 2016, 55,000 rhinoplasties were performed on men, — a 3% increase from 2015. Rhinoplasty costs vary depending on where you choose to have the treatment. In the Czech Republic for example, average costs start at around €1600. In comparison, costs for the treatment in the US are around €6170.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that aims at correcting the eyelids, and generally modifying this area of the face. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper or the lower eyelids, or both (double eyelid surgery). A blepharoplasty usually involves cutting along the natural lines of your eyelids to separate the skin from the underlying tissue and remove the excess fat and skin. These cuts will then be closed with very small stitches that will stay in place for 3-6 days. Similarly to rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery costs vary between locations. The Czech Republic is again a great option for high-quality, affordable treatment, with prices starting at around €980.

Gynecomastia Surgery

A popular option when it comes to plastic surgery for men is gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction surgery. This involves removing the excess glandular tissue in the breast. The surgeon makes a small incision on each side of the chest, either along the edge of the areola or within the armpit, and removes excess fat and glandular tissue. Recovery time depends on each individual’s needs but typically, you can resume physical activities within 2-3 weeks after surgery. In 2016, 27,760 gynecomastia surgery procedures were performed — a 36% increase compared to the year 2000. Costs for gynecomastia surgery range from €1850 in Turkey to €9000 in the UK.

Liposuction Surgery

Plastic surgery for men can also take the form of liposuction. This procedure involves removing deposits of fat. There are different types of liposuction, including vaser liposuction, laser-assisted, and water jet-assisted liposuction. Target areas can be the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, upper arms, flanks, and breasts. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of liposuction procedures performed increased by 114% between 2000 and 2016. Liposuction costs differ greatly depending on where you choose to have the treatment. Average prices in Hungary for example, are around €250, while in Spain prices come in at €3000.

Face Lift

A face lift is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess fat and tightening the underlying tissues and muscles of the face. This is typically done to remove wrinkles or sagging skin to achieve a smoother, younger-looking appearance. There are different types of face lifts, including the deep plane lift, the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) lift, and the short scar lift. On average, the price for a face lift ranges from €2100 in Turkey to around €8000 in Germany.

Hair Transplant Surgery

A hair transplant is one of the most popular options for plastic surgery for men. The procedure involves transplanting hair follicles from one part of the body, into a balding or thinning area. This is a minimally-invasive procedure, with a fairly quick recovery that results in minimal scarring. Results usually appear within 12-18 months, as new hair begins to grow in the previously bald area. Hair transplant costs can be as low as €1950 in Turkey and as high as €12,000 in Ireland. Turkey is one of the most popular destinations for the treatment, with highly-experienced doctors offering unique treatment packages at an affordable price.

Penis Augmentation

Penis augmentation is another male cosmetic surgery procedure that has seen an increase in demand in recent years. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 15,000 penis enlargements were performed across the world in 2013 — a staggering increase compared to four years earlier, when that number was under 1000. Penis augmentation surgery involves different procedures that aim to increase the length or girth of the erect penis. Techniques include penile implants (also common in the event of erectile dysfunction), cutting the ligament that connects the penis to the pelvic bone to add length to the penis, or implanting fat, silicone, or tissue grafts to increase the circumference of the penis.

Pectoral Implants

Plastic surgery for men can also take the form of a pectoral implant surgery. This treatment aims to give a sculpted look and boosts definition within the chest region thanks to the placement of silicone implants. Pectoral implant procedures increased by 25% from 2015 to 2016.

Plastic Surgery for Men: Finding the Right Doctor

It’s clear that plastic surgery for men is becoming increasingly popular. Whichever treatment you’re looking for, it’s important that you put your health in the hands of experienced and highly-qualified doctors who can work with you to find the best solution for your individual situation. At Qunomedical, we employ a strict and thorough vetting process, to ensure that we only ever present you with high-quality, affordable doctors. We don’t let borders stand in the way of your access to healthcare, therefore you’ll be able to explore doctors both at home and abroad. This wide range of choice also aims to eliminate frustrating long waiting lists, increasing accessibility to high-quality and timely healthcare for all.


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