What is Male Plastic Surgery?

Male Plastic Surgery refers to cosmetic procedures specifically designed for men to alter their physical appearance and change aesthetic concerns. Just like women, men also seek various surgical and non-surgical treatments to alter their look. Male Plastic Surgery includes procedures such as male breast reduction (gynecomastia), liposuction, facelift (rhytidectomy), rhinoplasty, and abdominoplasty. These procedures are tailored to meet the unique anatomical and aesthetic needs of men.

In the U.S. alone, men underwent over 1.3 million cosmetic procedures last year.

Male Eyelid Reduction (Blepharoplasty) Surgery

Male eyelid reduction surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure specifically tailored to the unique anatomical features and goals of male patients, reshaping excess volume around the eyes.

It involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids.

Male Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy) and Loose Skin Reduction

Male body lift (thoracoplasty/belt lipectomy) and loose skin reduction is a surgical procedure that aims to alter the shape and appearance of the male body by removing excess skin and tightening underlying tissues.

It targets areas affected by weight loss, ageing, or genetics, such as the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and arms. This comprehensive surgery helps eliminate loose skin and reshape body proportions

Male Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck

Male Abdominoplasty/Tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that aims to alter the appearance of the abdominal area in men. It involves removing excess skin and fat, tightening the abdominal muscles, and reshaping the abdomen.

Male Liposuction

Male liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that focuses on reducing stubborn fat deposits. It involves the use of suction techniques to target and remove excess stubborn fat, resulting in a more altered appearance. Common areas treated with male liposuction include the abdomen, chest, flanks, and thighs.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery for Gynecomastia

Male breast reduction surgery, also known as gynecomastia surgery, is a procedure aimed at reducing excess breast tissue in men. The procedure involves removing excess glandular tissue and fat through liposuction and/or excision techniques.

Chin Liposuction (Lipectomy)

Chin liposuction is a cosmetic procedure aimed at reducing excess fat and altering the shape of the chin and jawline. It involves the removal of fat deposits in the chin area through small incisions.

It is an option for individuals with fat under the chin that is resistant to diet and exercise.

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Male Plastic Surgery?

Suitable Candidates for male plastic surgery generally include men who are:

  1. In good overall health.
  2. Have realistic expectations regarding the outcomes of the surgery.
  3. Concerned with things like gynecomastia, fat deposits, facial ageing signs, or excess skin.
  4. Aware of the risks, complications and limitations of the procedure.
  5. Willing to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the most suitable procedure and develop a personalised treatment plan.

Psychological readiness, realistic expectations, responsible behavior and a mature approach to plastic surgery are not enough to call someone a good candidate for plastic surgery, although all of these are important. It is necessary to pass certain tests, mostly physical, to be declared ready to proceed with male plastic surgery. Special medical conditions, serious illnesses and certain medications can be obstacles to any surgical procedure.

To prevent the possibility of health complications, Dr Briggs will require you to undergo specific health tests. These are to ensure your safety and also to reduce unnecessary risks.

Male Plastic Surgery Before and After Photos

Visit the clinic to see the real patient photo gallery of Before and After Otoplasty surgery photographs representing typical results our patients get. Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly.

Photo Disclaimer

The photos on this website and in our office are for informational purposes. The images demonstrate the potential outcomes of procedures. Individual results will vary, and effects cannot be guaranteed. The photos do not promise or guarantee specific results. They are meant to help visualise potential outcomes.

Each patient is unique, and many factors affect surgical results.

In consultations, Dr. Briggs evaluates each patient and discusses realistic expectations.

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Complications and Risks of Male Procedures

ALL invasive surgery carries some risks and complications.

It is important to be aware of the potential risks and complications involved. These can vary depending on the specific procedure and individual circumstances. Here is a list of potential risks and complications associated with male plastic surgery:

  • Infection: Surgical procedures carry a risk of infection, which can occur at the incision site or in deeper tissues. Proper hygiene and adherence to post-operative care instructions can help minimize this risk.
  • Bleeding: Some surgeries may involve bleeding, both during and after the procedure. Excessive bleeding may require additional intervention or blood transfusion.
  • Hematoma: A hematoma refers to the collection of blood under the skin, which can cause swelling, pain, and require drainage.
  • Scarring: All surgical procedures involve incisions, which can result in permanent scarring. The extent and visibility of scarring may vary depending on individual healing and surgical techniques used.
  • Changes in Sensation: Numbness, altered sensation, or hypersensitivity in the treated area may occur temporarily or, in rare cases, persist for a longer duration.
  • Seroma: A seroma is a fluid buildup under the skin, which may require drainage to promote healing and prevent complications.
  • Poor Wound Healing: In some cases, wounds may heal slowly or develop complications such as wound dehiscence (opening of the incision) or necrosis (tissue death). Proper wound care and adherence to post-operative instructions can minimize this risk.
  • Asymmetry: Achieving perfect symmetry may be challenging, and slight differences in appearance between the treated areas may occur.
  • Unsatisfactory Results: While efforts are made to meet patient expectations, it is important to understand that outcomes may vary. Dissatisfaction with aesthetic results can occur, and additional procedures may be necessary for desired outcomes.
  • Anesthesia Risks: The use of anesthesia carries inherent risks, including; allergic reactions, adverse drug reactions, respiratory issues, and other complications. An anesthesiologist will monitor the patient's vital signs and minimize these risks.

It is important to have a thorough discussion with your plastic surgeon to understand the specific risks and complications associated with the procedure, as well as steps to minimise these risks. Following pre- and post-operative instructions, disclosing your medical history, and maintaining open communication with your healthcare team can contribute to a safer surgical experience.

All surgery contains risks, read more here.

Recovery from Male Plastic Surgery

Recovery from plastic surgery intended for men is individual and is influenced by many factors.

It is important to mention that each plastic surgery procedure requires a different recovery. The intensity of recovery and its duration depends on your innate ability to recover, pain threshold, the extent of the procedure and also the knowledge, techniques, and methods of the surgeon.

Most invasive plastic procedures for men cause a certain degree of pain and discomfort. With proper medication and by following the instructions of Dr Briggs and his team, the discomfort is often manageable.

Dr Briggs will track your progress through all stages of recovery. Follow-up appointments are designed to monitor your healing process and ensure lasting results.

For more information on recovery, you can visit the page with instructions and guidelines to help you.

Recovery Disclaimer

Recovery after surgery can vary for each individual. It's important to follow all post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon to promote proper healing and minimize potential complications. The recovery period may involve discomfort, swelling, bruising, and restricted activities. It's important to plan for adequate time off from work and daily responsibilities to allow for proper rest and recovery. Follow-up appointments with your surgeon are crucial to monitor progress and address any concerns or complications that may arise. It's important to note that the final results of body lift surgery may take several months to fully develop, and proper maintenance through diet and exercise is necessary for long-lasting results.

Minimising Scars after Male Plastic Surgery

It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including so-called 'scarless' methods.

Plastic surgeons are careful about scar placement and minimisation, with surgical scars generally fading over 12 months.

We will arrange post-op appointments with our specialist nursing team after your procedure to ensure everything is healing well and to monitor your progress.

You will see your surgeon and/or nurse and/or dermal team about six to eight weeks later for a scar consultation and organise scar treatments.

The Coco Ruby dermal team conducts a series of follow-up scar treatments using a customised selection of Skin Needling, Healite II LED and massaging with oils,  Fraxel Laser, V-Laser, Silicone strips & gels and Steroids can also help manage scars. Ask the Coco Ruby Team!

Note – The length of your recovery period will depend on your procedure and your health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary from person to person – resting helps healing.

Please avoid subjecting your incision to abrasion or excessive stresses during the recovery period.


FAQ About Male Plastic Surgery

  • The most popular procedures for male plastic surgery are;
    • Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty)
    • Liposuction
    • Gynecomastia surgery.
  • The most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that men opt for, include;
    • Dermal fillers,
    • Laser hair removal
    • Microdermabrasion
    • And, chemical peels.

How Much Is Male Plastic Surgery?

The most common question for male plastic surgery is the price and whether the procedure is covered by Medicare.

Most cases in which patients opt for plastic surgery for aesthetic reasons are not covered by Medicare. However, if there is a functional problem, Medicare may cover some of your procedure.

It is important to understand that all procedures are individualised to get the results for each patient. For this reason, it is impossible to determine a median price that would be valid for all patients without consulting first.

During the consultation, Dr Briggs will talk to you about your wishes, possibilities, and expectations that you have from plastic surgery. You will also receive a specified cost quote, with a breakdown of those cost.

If you need more information, visit our pricing page to learn more about payment, approximate prices, payment methods, and more.

Paying For Male Surgery

Patients can pay for surgery through various methods. These methods include:

  • Payment in full at the time of the procedure using accepted payment methods such as credit cards (such as Visa, Mastercard), buy now, pay-later products (such as Afterpay, Openpay, Zip Pay).
  • Non-commercial payment arrangements between the medical practitioner and patient, where the payment is made in instalments.
  • Medicare rebates, if the surgery is considered medically necessary. (this will not cover the total cost and patients will still have out of pocket costs)
  • Private health insurance, if the patient has an appropriate level of cover. (This is unlikely to cover the total cost and patients may still have out of pocket costs)

It is important to note that we do not encourage patients to take on debt or access their superannuation to pay for cosmetic surgery. Additionally, we do not offer or recommend financing schemes to patients, such as loans or commercial payment plans.

Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Both he and his team are dedicated to patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Furthermore, he is experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs' Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 9 AM - 5 PM on Weekdays.

Phone (03) 8849 1400 Or Email us.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday on (03) 8849 1400.

What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs' Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is essential (as of the 1st July 2023).
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery to book your consultation.


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