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AESTHETICS  IN  TODAY'S  MEN

 

OMAR PACHECO, M.D.

PLASTIC SURGEON

PRESIDENT OF THE COLOMBIAN SOCIETY OF PLASTIC SURGERY

(2OO2-2004)

 

 

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There are nowadays several factors that encourage men to visit a plastic surgeon or join into the new culture of body worship. One of these reasons is purely scientific: There is now a lot of knowledge about the health risks that obesity and overweight imply.  The most dangerous impact of overweight and obesity consists on failures of the cardio-vascular system (heart problems, pulmonary and cerebral thrombosis, etc…), due to bad cholesterol levels. Diabetes and locomotive system disorders are also directly connected to overweight and obesity. 

This is the reason why, fighting and overcoming obesity is currently considered not only an appearance issue but a health issue.  Both therapeutic and preventive approaches are being considered. Even governments have taken legal and regulation steps, in order to encourage people to change diets, from junk food consumption to more healthy diets. In conclusion, there is a health consideration when men decide to change their corporal appearance.  

On the other hand, there is a very important reason for men to seek a change or an improvement of their physical appearance:  Women, opposite sex, have imposed on men new, bigger demands in this field. Women condition has improved very much since recent decades in absolutely every aspect of life: Beauty, work,  education, money, rights, power. So, women have become very much seductive and, conscious of their power, they are now requiring men much more, in all senses, also physical, if they wish “to conquer them”. So, there is a “power consideration” for men trying to change and improve their body appearance. 

Men have realized they are in  a disadvantage position:  Of both sexes, women are more beautiful, delicate; women have more definite curves, etc… It could be said that in the animal kingdom, the opposite is a rule: The male of the species is the most beautiful and attractive from the very beginning. 

There is a final, important reason:  Vanity. It has always existed, but always a little concealed, because beauty was associated with femininity. However, since the beginning of time, men also love beauty in all senses, it is in their nature; and self-beauty is even more appreciated and regarded by men.  Moreover, men realize the intimate connection of physical beauty with health, youth, self-esteem, and social success. 

Among the different procedures that a plastic surgeon carries out seeking more harmony in men’s bodies, a basic one is the dermatolipectomy,  which consists on reducing excess  or prominent fat or skin in the abdomen,  extracting by surgery small or big amounts,  depending on each different case and its requirements.

Also, a liposculpture can be performed, by only extracting fat from the abdomen.  

There is a remarkable point: some men wish to get a re-shaping, “carving”, of a distinctive  form  of their frontal abdominal muscles, a shape that can be obtained by natural means, but just after countless abdominal exercises.   These results can be achieved by leaving some amount of abdominal fat at the zone and place where there should be prominent abdominal muscles; therefore, surgery creates a look that perfectly resembles a muscular structure achieved after countless gym sessions.

This procedure is only a surgical sculpture,  it has nothing to do with improving health conditions. 

Depending on the particular procedure that is carried out,  surgery lasts from 2 to 4 hours. Post-operative recovery requires a restriction, immediately after surgery, in the practice of exercise (for 20 to 30 days).  A proper change in diet is also required. However, rigorous diets are never advised because only a healthy, balanced diet can make surgery results permanent. 

Patients must realize that, in some cases, it is necessary to perform a second surgery, for finishing touches or small corrections that were not fully achieved in the first surgery, according to patient’s and doctor’s wishes. In general, good outcomes always improve, not only patients’ health conditions, but self-esteem,  success at the job, personal and even sexual  performance. 

People generally think that aesthetic surgery consists only on expensive procedures,  really affordable just for wealthy persons;  but many recent changes, like a bigger offer of plastic surgeons in Colombia, the very high scientific standards of plastic surgery in Colombia, and, on the other side, the ever increasing demand for plastic surgeons, not only by Colombians but by people from many countries who come here to get this kind of surgery, have really made costs much more affordable for people of lower incomes.  Besides,  there are nowadays many financing options, and, particularly, some banking institutions offer money loans for these kind of medical procedures, including hospital expenses. 

Men can get many other treatments, which are requested both by men and women: Nose surgery (rhinoplasty), facial rejuvenation (ritidoplasty),  botulism toxin treatments ( to eliminate wrinkles produced by gestures and expression) (Botox, Dysport) .   All treatments can be carried out at clinics, chosen by patients and with permanent advice by the surgeon, looking always for quality requirements and adequate facilities, according to the type of surgery to be performed.

 
     

MOST COMMON AESTHETIC SURGERY PROCEDURES,  BY SEXES

   
 Eyelids Surgery  (Blepharoplasty)  Men and Women
 Facial Rejuvenation  (Ritidoplasty)  Men and Women
 Botulism Toxin   (Botox, Dysport)  Men and Women
 Filling Substances  Men and Women
 Nose Surgery  (Rhinoplasty)  Men and Women
 Facial Liposuction  (dewlap, generally)  Men and Women
 Abdomen  (Lipectomy)  Men and Women

 Liposculpture  (Trunk, Abdomen, or Back Liposuction)

 Men and Women
 Chin Surgery  Men and Women
 Ear Surgery   (Otoplasty)  Men and Women
 Hair Implants     (Baldness)  Men
 Breast Augmentation or Enlargement  (Augmentation Mammoplasty)  Women
 Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)  Women
 Breast Lift (Mastopexy)  Women
 Gluteal Zone Enhancement (Gluteoplasty)  Women
   

 

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