Plastic Surgery for Men

Plastic surgery for men can be a profoundly rewarding experience. Yet, if you don't have the facts going into your surgery procedure, you may be less equipped to handle the stress of plastic surgery and unknowingly experience unwanted risks of cosmetic surgery.

Take a few moments to arm your self with cosmetic surgery facts and information regarding plastic surgery for men.

If you want to be ready going in to surgery, especially liposuction for men prepare for surgery up to a year in advance. If you don't have that much time, it's OK. Just do your best and your surgery preparation will pay off handsomely.

Here's what  happens to your body during cosmetic surgery:

  • An IV will be started in your vein to introduce fluids and medications for your surgery. This IV may contain an antibiotic.

  • You are given medications to relax you, make you forget, or help you "sleep" during your procedure

  • If you are having a general anesthesia (where you are asleep during surgery) You will have a tube inserted down your throat to help you breathe during surgery
  • Your nose, scalp, eyes, chin, neck, chest, or stomach are scrubbed with iodine or antibacterial scrub to prepare the area for surgery

  • Your tissue is cut, lifted, suctioned, repositioned or tied back with sutures, depending on your specific procedure

  • When the procedure is finished, you are cleaned, bandaged and taken to the "recovery room" or PACU, post-anesthesia care unit
  • The tube to help you breathe is removed and you begin to come out of the general anesthesia or conscious sedation (you may have a sore throat for a few hours from the tube being inserted)

  • You will feel groggy, possibly angry, restless and "out of it" for several minutes while you become fully awake

  • You may have an intense thirst when you regain consciousness; it's from the anesthesia

  • You will likely ask for pain medication during or after regaining consciousness
  • The nurse will track your vital signs, blood pressure, temperature, and watch the incision area for bleeding until you are stable

  • As soon as you can drink, stand, or urinate you will be able to go home (unless you have been directed to stay overnight by your doctor)

  • You will NOT be able to drive after your surgery procedure, have someone drive you home and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours

What you need to know about

Plastic surgery for men:

  • The anesthesia drugs will probably make you feel slow, sad, angry, agitated and irritable, depending on your personality.

  • It can take up to 6 months for the effects of general anesthesia to wear off unless you detoxify the anesthesia drugs out of your body.

  • You do half of your healing in the first two weeks post surgery and the other half in the next 8-16 weeks.

  • You may not have a good appetite for several days after surgery, and you may suffer from constipation, especially after liposuction for men.

  • You will be tempted to tough it out or muscle through it and get back on your feet too soon. Don't do it. You can ruin your surgery results.

  • If you use your energy to do things other than heal during the first two weeks, you will decrease your body's ability to heal the surgical area optimally. Over-exertion may cause tissues to bulge, develop fluid pockets (especially with liposuction for men), produce unsightly scar formation, tissue tearing, excess inflammation, infection or tissue death. Relax. Heal.

One of the most common mistakes made regarding plastic surgery for men is that you push yourself too hard right after surgery!

Types of Plastic Surgery for Men

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