A strong chin is a defining male facial feature. A chin implant surgically placed over the bone of the chin can dramatically improve the appearance of a receding chin and weak jawline. Chin implants can be done in the office with local anesthetic, Pronox (laughing gas) and oral sedation. If combined with other procedures, it must done at the out-patient surgery center.
A small incision under the chin is made to place the implant. Afterwards there is swelling that can last for 1-3 weeks, the first week is the worst. It is best to eat soft foods the first few days. Patient’s must reframe from contact and ball sports for 6 weeks.
Non-surgical chin augmentation is very popular with male patients. It allows them to obtain the look of a chin implant without the down time of a surgical procedure. Voluma, a hyaluronic acid filler is injected into precise areas of the chin in order to increase the length, width or projection of the chin. The results last up to 1 year depending on how much filler is injected.
Calf augmentation is Dr. Morgan’s most popular surgery for male patients. Despite working out, it can be very difficult to bulk up the calf muscles to the desired size. Men usually want a very bulky, muscular look. To create this look 2 implants are generally needed, one over the medial (inner) muscle and one over the lateral (outer) muscle. Calf implants are made of soft, solid silicone and have the shape of the natural calf muscle. They are placed over the gastrocnemius muscle. This procedure is done at the out-patient surgery center under general anesthesia. Calf implant recovery is painful for up to 2 weeks, it is very important to take it easy and you cannot drive. Traveling and working out are not allowed for at least a month. Patients with small calf muscles may not be able to straighten their legs fully for 4 to 6 weeks. The biggest risk of this surgery is infection. If the implants become infected they must be removed. To avoid infection, post-operative instructions must be complied with and avoiding contact with house pets is essential.
Face and Neck Lift
As men age, they may notice the chin and jawline start to lose definition and they can develop a double chin. Jowls also may appear and a loss of volume in the cheeks can occur. Some men will develop a “turkey neck” (loose skin hanging from the neck). There are many cosmetic surgery options for men to remedy these signs of aging but they must be tailor-made for the male anatomy.
Due to the fact males have thicker skin and beards, their faces have a richer blood supply than females. Facial lines that are unacceptable for women are not a problem for men. Women can use hair or accessories to hide incisions while healing, where men do not have this option. All this is taken into consideration when planning a face or neck lift in a male patient. Dr. Morgan devises individual surgical plans for men considering facial and neck rejuvenation surgery.
Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)
Every male going through puberty develops a little breast tissue as hormone levels change. Within two years the hormones stabilize and the breast tissue disappears. In some males the breast tissue will remain that results in a prominent swelling under the nipple or a general enlargement of the lower chest. This enlargement is usually a combination of fat and thick fibrous tissue.
A male breast reduction is the most effective treatment for this condition called gynecomastia. This removes the fat and tissue to restore a firmer, flatter more masculine contour to the chest.
If there is minor fullness under the nipple, this can be removed in the office with Pronox (laughing gas) and local anesthetic. If there is significant chest fullness, this must be done at the surgery center under general anesthesia. The breast tissue below the nipple is removed surgically and laser liposuction is done to remove the fat and to tighten any lose skin. Recovery takes about 2 weeks and no contact sports for 6 weeks.
Many men are physically fit but have difficulty enlarging the chest muscles (pestoralis major). A man can spend hours at the gym but still fail to achieve the desired chest muscle tone and definition.The option for men with small chest muscles is to have pectoral implants. Pectoral implants come in various sizes and the size that can be used depends on the width of the chest.
Pectoral implants are soft, silicone implants that are placed under the chest muscle through a small incision in the underarm area. After surgery there is swelling, bruising and pain. A compression vest is worn for 2 to 3 weeks. One week is usually needed off from work and the second week reduced hours may be needed. No upper body workouts are allowed for 4 to 6 weeks.