Surgery for men on the rise

The far majority of people who seek cosmetic work are women, but the number of men who are receiving surgical and nonsurgical proced
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

The far majority of people who seek cosmetic work are women, but the number of men who are receiving surgical and nonsurgical procedures is on the rise.

In 2007, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery estimates more than 1 million men received cosmetic procedures -- 17 percent more than the previous year.

While nonsurgical procedures like Botox injections and laser hair removal are the most popular aesthetic work done on men, surgical procedures, such as liposuction, eyelid work and breast reduction have seen steady growth in the past 10 years.

Locally, plastic surgeon Teresa Ghazoul said as little as 5 percent of her patients are male. The reason is twofold. Generally, men do not seek that type of surgery and, as a female doctor, Ghazoul believes men prefer to seek doctors of the same sex.

“Patients would potentially be uncomfortable revealing that part of themselves to a female,” she said.

But that hasn’t stopped her from having male clients who need facial surgery, rhinoplasty and many other types of work.

“I’ve had some males who have turkey-gobbler type necks,” she said. “I’ve done tummy tucks on massive weight-loss males, and liposuction on males.

"For a massive weight-loss patient, when that skin has been stretched out, liposuction is not going to bring it back.”

Elective surgery, liposuction and tummy tucks, are not an alternative to dieting and exercise, experts say. A patient’s weight will virtually be the same after the surgery, and the procedures are to contour sections of isolated fat on the body, not do away with them.

And for men, the most common area where fat builds up in anunfavorable way is on the abdomen and the “love handles.”

“They get that muffin top thing,” Ghazoul said.

Liposuction is an outpatient surgery meaning the patient is not kept overnight, which helps keep the cost down around $3,500 to $5,500.

Aside from acting a little embarrassed, Ghazoul’s male clients do not behave much differently than women patients.

They generally know what they want, but don’t know how to get it, Ghazoul said.

She’s always happen to show them their options.