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Plastic Surgery For Men



Over the longer term, a lack of confidence founded in concerns about your appearance can undermine feelings of happiness, fulfillment, and even acceptance among your peers – ultimately holding you back from living your best life in both social and career situations. Tackling these negative feelings can lead to the desire to become more confident, and attractive through the use of plastic surgery.

Typical Appearance Concerns For Men

Like women, men are prone to unwanted distortions, features, and marks on the body caused by lifestyle, stress, genetic factors, and of course, aging. Some of the typical appearance concerns that prompt men to seek cosmetic surgery corrections are:

  • Enlarged male breasts (Gynaecomastia)
  • Over protruding ears
  • Puffiness and bags under eyes
  • Deepening forehead furrows
  • Added weight around the midsection
  • Large or crooked nose
  • Lines and wrinkles around the mouth and lips

10 Most Common Male Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

For men, in particular, the types of appearance concerns listed above often become more pronounced with aging. Fortunately, there are a range of cosmetic surgery options for men; some of the more common ones are listed below.

  1. Facelift. Facial rejuvenation surgery for men.
  2. Necklift. Jowl surgery.
  3. Male Tummy Tuck. Male Abdominoplasty
  4. Double Chin Injections Treatment. To reduce excess chin fat.
  5. Eyelid Lift. Eye rejuvenation procedures such as Blepharoplasty (eyelid reduction surgery), Canthoplasty (correction of drooping or sagging of the outer corner of the eye).
  6. Body Contouring. Including loose skin reduction after weight loss and liposuction.
  7. Male Nose Surgery. Rhinoplasty for men.
  8. Male Breast Reduction Surgery.
  9. Skin Resurfacing. Commonly includes acne scar treatments.
  10. Chin Implants. Jawline enhancements or strengthening.

Benefits Of Plastic Surgery For Men

While most people focus on correcting physical features, the benefits gained from having cosmetic surgery can be psychological or physical, or both! See below for examples of some of the benefits of plastic surgery.

Improved Self Esteem. For men who are dissatisfied with their appearance and suffer from ongoing self-confidence issues, men’s plastic surgery provides an option for helping remove the physical factors that may contribute to the psychological state.

Relief From Back And Neck Pain. For men who suffer from excess weight or enlarged breast tissue, breast reduction surgery can alleviate the physical effects on the body.

Improved Breathing. Fixing a deviated septum with rhinoplasty or septoplasty can make a huge difference to men (and their partners!) as this can alleviate snoring and breathing difficulties associated with the nose.

Less Excess Skin. Removing excess or sagging skin left over from massive weight loss is a common procedure for both men and women. Removing the skin not only aids in further loss of weight but also allows the person to feel better about their body and general appearance.

Risks Of Plastic Surgery For Men

Men often find it more challenging to commit to plastic surgery. This reaction can sometimes be founded on fears about the reactions of friends and family or around the procedure itself. While the perceived social stigma around male cosmetic surgery has definitely lessened over the years, the reality is, all surgery does come with associated risks.

Because plastic surgery is elective, these risks are associated with the choice you are actively making, making the decision more difficult for some people. However, understanding the risks can help alleviate uncertainty and worry. Some of the most common risks of plastic surgery include:

  • Infections. The risk of infection is always minimised, but it is always a possibility when undergoing surgical procedures.
  • Permanent Scarring. Generally, there will always be visible scarring remaining after any surgery.
  • Excess Bleeding. Unexpected and excess bleeding is always a possibility when making any kind of incision)
  • Hematomas. Excess blood collecting and pooling under the skin.
  • Localised Pain. Usually limited to the area operated on but can extend to other areas of the body nearby.
  • Seromas. The build-up of fluids where tissue has been removed after surgery.
  • Loss Of Sensation. Numbness in the wound area, this is usually temporary but sometimes it can be ongoing.
  • Adverse Reaction To Anaesthesia. Some people don’t know they are allergic to anaesthesia until they encounter it.

It is important to note that while the risks are always present, they are generally classified as manageable. If you follow the advice of your plastic surgeon, these risks can be minimised.

Are You A Good Candidate for Male Plastic Surgery?

Good candidates for male plastic surgery are men who are dissatisfied with aesthetic or functional physical defects with resulting reduced self-confidence. Candidates must also have realistic expectations and meet psychological and medical requirements for surgery.

Existing medical conditions, medication, or serious illnesses may hinder the ability to undergo surgical procedures. Therefore, before proceeding with plastic surgery, you will be required to complete specific health tests to ensure your own safety and reduce any undesirable risks.

Recovering From Plastic Surgery

Recovering from plastic surgery is different for every individual and influenced by a number of factors, including but not limited to; the extent of the surgery, your ability to heal, and the surgical techniques and methods used by your surgeon and their team.

Recovery time, pain, discomfort, and your return to normal will all vary for each individual, so it is difficult to give any firm indications. It is best to speak with your surgeon for a more specific indication about what you can expect after plastic surgery. In order to achieve the best results, always follow the instructions provided by your surgeon and medical team.

How Much Is Male Plastic Surgery In NZ?

One of the most common questions around male plastic surgery is how much does it cost? This question is difficult to answer due to the fact that each person’s requirements vary and other factors like the time the surgery takes, hospital fees, your surgeon’s fees, and the cost of the anaesthetist also vary. But, as a rough guide, the following figures give a broad indication of what specific male cosmetic surgery procedures cost in NZ (the exact cost of your plastic surgery procedures will be confirmed by your surgeon).

  • Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) $10,000-20,000
  • Otoplasty – Pinning 2 Ears in Hospital $10,000-15,000
  • Full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)  $15,000-30,000
  • Liposuction (dep on areas)  $10,000 -20,000
  • Nose Surgery – Ranges from $10,000-20,000
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid lift) $10,000-20,000
  • Upper Forehead lift  $10,000-15,000
  • Chin Implants  $5,000-10,000
  • Necklift $15,000-20,000

Funding Options For Plastic Surgery

Generally speaking, elective plastic surgery carried out for aesthetic reasons is not covered by ACC or your health insurer in New Zealand. But if the issue is a functional problem, there is a possibility that it might be considered on a  case by case basis, so it is worth enquiring if you are unsure.

Nova Medical Finance is also an option for some people; they are specialist medical finance providers in New Zealand that offer payment plans and assistance with funding your surgery.

For more specific information or to book a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the professional team at Howard Klein South Island Plastic Surgery.