Humans are the most dominant, self-aware species on our planet, and while traditional gender roles are dissipating, the concept of masculinity will never fade. Boys make the transition to men during puberty, and their physical changes signify important biological traits. In some men, conventionally masculine traits appear undesirably feminized for a number of reasons. In this article, we explore some of the cosmetic issues men may face, and the restoration of their appearance through facial plastic surgery.
Chin Implant Surgery
Some men have fully developed facial structures following sexual maturity, but still lack definition in their chins. The chin is an area of the body that develops during puberty, along with the structure of the rest of the face. High levels of testosterone during this crucial period of development are linked to a strong chin and jawline. Low levels of this sex hormone, genetics, trauma, or even disease can contribute to a lacking lower face.
A chin augmentation performed through implant surgery is the best way to achieve a permanently modified chin. After enhancing this feature, masculinity is restored to the face. The patient may also improve other features, such as a strong nose, which can be balanced from a side profile view. Jaw implants are available through certain plastic surgeons to modify the look of the lower-third of the face from a frontal view.
Chin implants are composed of a number of biocompatible materials, and can be adjusted in size to suit any patient’s aesthetic needs. If prospective patients are apprehensive about the outcome, visual software is available to show patients a preliminary before-and-after photographic comparison of how the chin could look. Chin implants are typically inserted through an incision under the chin or inside the mouth, so the evidence of plastic surgery is well hidden. Generally, patients will look and feel well enough to return to their daily routines about one week postoperatively.
Cosmetic nose surgery is an excellent way to modify the face when a large, asymmetrical, or misshapen nose dominates the overall look of the face. While the nose has practical purposes, like air intake and hydration, it also plays a role in physical attractiveness. Rhinoplasty is one of the oldest facial plastic surgeries, and remains one of the most commonly performed procedures in modern aesthetic medicine, but even so the outcome is not always as anticipated. Less experienced plastic surgeons, or even complications such as infection, can affect the results of a rhinoplasty. Dr. Williams performs what is referred to as a Scarless Rhinoplasty, surgery is performed with an endonasal approach.
Revision rhinoplasty is performed to correct an initial nose surgery where the outcome was not as expected or unsatisfactory. In some cases, removing too much tissue where the nose appears too small for the face can cause an otherwise masculine look to appear feminized. When the nose is corrected in this subsequent surgery, Dr. Williams can reshape the material, harvest cartilage or bone from the patient’s body to serve as a nasal implant, and restore the look of the nose and face.
Minimally Invasive Facial Rejuvenation
As men age, the tissues of the face diminish in their integrity over time. The forehead may wrinkle, the eyes can become hooded, and jowls begin to sag. The features of the face look less defined as the underlying structures become less prevalent.
In the past, some men have undergone overzealous treatments in response to aging. A full facelift may be an option for certain patients, but many men can benefit from minimally invasive forms of facial rejuvenation. Typically, these procedures are less extensive and treat areas of the face where the signs of aging are the most obvious. Dr. Williams performs the following procedures to restore a youthful look while maintaining a natural appearance:
- Forehead lift/brow lift
- Upper or midfacial lift/cheeklift
Patients may also opt to undergo a surgery – for example, an eyelid lift – and receive cosmetic injections on other areas of the face. Botox injections are wrinkle-preventers, while dermal fillers like Juvederm actually plump up the wrinkled skin and do so by creating a pseudo-base cushion for the skin. Other procedures such as laser treatments or micro-needling are ways to improve earlier signs of aging without having to tighten or lift the facial skin.
Dr. Williams of Williams Center Plastic Surgery Specialists
Doctor Edwin Williams, M.D., F.A.C.S. is an expert facial plastic surgeon who has dedicated his practice to both surgical and non-surgical facial cosmetic procedures. Doctor Williams’ education and surgical training were focused in facial plastics, and his New York practices have been successful, partially attributed to his strong background. The doctor heads the Williams Center Plastic Surgery Specialists and oversees a separate clinic – Williams Rejuva Center – that provides patients with less invasive treatment options.
Dr. Williams is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology and he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. These certifications and affiliations create a network of both accountability and support for the doctor’s efforts.
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