Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Male Plastic Surgery

We'd all like to look like Brad Pitt or Denzel Washington; actually most of us wouldn't mind looking like any of the muscled and chiseled movie stars who have been deified in the mainstream media. Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with mesomorphic builds, square jaws and granite abs. So we spend hours in the gym, guzzle magical bodybuilding shakes or simply throw in the towel and give up. But fret not, for modern medicine can slice, dice and sculpt your body into nearly any shape you can imagine. Breast reduction, liposuction, Botox, and a dazzling array of shape-enhancing implants are all within reach -- if you can afford them.

If you're thinking about surgical body modifications, keep reading. The following procedures can be performed in a matter of hours by a skilled plastic surgeon. But watch out, surgery has its risks.

Breast reduction

So you have a little extra fat on your chest or maybe you have full-fledged man boobs. Either way, you'd like a flat, smooth, manly chest. Breast-reduction surgery involves vacuuming out the fat and trimming excess skin to give you a flat, masculine chest. The procedure is called gynecomastia, which is also the name for the man-boob condition, and usually takes one to two hours to complete.

Risks: There are relatively few risks that result from this procedure. As with any surgery, bacterial infections are a possibility, but they're rare. You could also experience numbness in the nipples and surrounding areas, and the lack of sensation could be permanent or fleeting.

Costs: Breast reduction can be one of the most economical procedures. Surgeons typically charge between $1,500 and $3,000, depending on the length of the surgery and whether you have any pectoral implants installed.


You've spent months at the gym, but your chest is still concave and puny. And no matter how much time you devote to your calves, your legs are as scrawny as saplings. But don't worry, pectoral, calf, abdominal, and even butt implants can give you the appearance of an iron-pumping gym rat in a matter of hours. Implants are typically made of silicone or a malleable plastic that's meant to mimic firm muscle, and are inserted into the desired area through a small incision that's about an inch long. Each implant surgery usually lasts between one and two hours per area.

Risks: Again, infection is a risk. Swelling and tightness around the implant are common and recovery times range from one to two weeks. Although implants may be permanent, they can drift and cause an asymmetrical appearance.

Costs: Implants are a bit more time-consuming than breast reduction or liposuction. As a result, expect to pay between $2,000 and $5,000 for an implant.

Going under the knife could mean a simple injection or a vacuuming event…

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