Dr. Cruise: Liposuction is extremely popular in 2018. When fat alone is the problem, liposuction is the gold-standard treatment for getting rid of excess fat. Through a tiny incision, a small tube called a cannula is inserted to loosen fat beneath the skin. It is then suctioned out. Liposuction will not only remove unwanted fat, but it will help sculpt the body for an improved shape. There are various types of liposuction treatments available ranging from the traditional tumescent liposuction, ultrasound assisted, laser assisted, and suction assisted. An evaluation by a board certified plastic surgeon is necessary to determine if you are a candidate for liposuction.
SUAVV: Let’s go to an easy area that men may have a concern; adult acne. What treatments are good for men with facing this problem?
Dr. Cruise: Dermabrasion can reduce the visibility of acne scarring. Dermabrasion smooths out skin irregularities from the face and other areas such as neck, shoulders and chest. It removes the top layers of facial skin in order to smooth the skin’s texture and help new skin grow healthier and thicker with higher collagen levels. When the top layer of skin is removed, the new skin grows with a more equal, higher collagen production, which results in a smoother, more youthful appearance. It can reduce, improve and smooth out deeply pitted acne scars. It helps flatten out depressed or elevated scars. Dermabrasion restores an overall youthful look and texture.
Dr. Cruise: Fat transfer is a technique that involves removing fat from unwanted areas of the body through liposuction and then using that fat to enhance the volume and fullness in other areas. Fat transfer adds volume to the face where volume has been lost. Fat transfer can improve skin quality and texture and can give the face a fuller and more youthful appearance. Fat transfer procedures as a whole have become more popular because people have become more interested in enhancing their appearance in a more natural way with fewer risks, less downtime, and without looking overdone. Fat is typically harvested from the abdomen, flanks, back or inner thighs, followed by placing it into areas such as the cheeks, temples, upper/lower eyes, and lips. Fat transfer recovery is quite easy in comparison to other plastic surgery procedures, making it an attractive option for facial rejuvenation.
SUAVV: What are the benefits of having fat transfer?
Dr. Cruise: Using a person’s own fat has many benefits. Using your own fat eliminates the chance of an adverse reaction to a manufactured product such as dermal fillers. It also provides a natural-looking result by restoring volume lost during the aging process or due to significant weight loss. The results of fat transfer are long-lasting. Fat that survives the transfer is permanent in most cases, unlike fillers which require ongoing re-treatment. In the long run, fat transfer may be less expensive than the cost of having fillers done every 6 months to 1 year.
SUAVV: How long is the recovery for a procedure like this?
Dr. Cruise: The recovery period takes 2 to 3 weeks for swelling. Some patients may experience asymmetry or lumpiness during the recovery period. Swelling is the primary symptom patients will experience. There is usually little to no bruising. The incisions from the fat removal become undetectable over time and there are no incision marks from the fat injections. Facial fat transfer is approximately $5,900 and is often times performed under local anesthesia in an office-surgical room. The cost will vary depending on the area or number of areas being treated. As with all cosmetic procedures, it is recommended you meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation and fat transfer, to determine if you are a candidate.
SUAVV: On to a bigger question, can you describe gynecomastia?
Dr. Cruise: Men afflicted by gynecomastia often have breast tissue that grows considerably, typically under the nipple and areola. Breast tissue is firmer to the touch than breast fat and is described as being both firm and squishy, rather than flabby like breast fat. Those suffering from gynecomastia often feel humiliated and insecure about their condition. Fortunately, there is a surgical solution for getting rid of enlarged male breasts.
SUAVV: And that solution would be gynecomastia surgery? Is it like a breast reduction for a male?
Dr. Cruise: Actually, yes. Gynecomastia surgery (a.k.a. male breast reduction) is a surgical procedure that removes excess breast tissue, fat or both with the goal of creating a masculine appearing chest. The procedure may consist of skin excision, breast tissue excision, and/or liposuction to remove fat. My gynecomastia surgery has become so advanced and efficient that most of my patients have surgery under local anesthesia. The more severe gynecomastia cases are typically performed under general anesthesia in a Medicare accredited outpatient surgery center. The procedure takes anywhere from one to three hours in length. The most exciting aspect of gynecomastia surgery is that the results are permanent.
ABOUT DR. JOSEPH CRUISE: Joseph Cruise M.D., has been in practice for over twenty years and has extensive experience in the fields of cosmetic surgery, burn surgery and gynecomastia surgery. Dr. Joseph Cruise is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The Rhinoplasty Society and the Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Cruise is regarded as one of the top plastic surgeons in Southern California and one of the top gynecomastia surgeons in the world. Cruise Plastic Surgery is located at 2081 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660. For more information on Dr. Joseph Cruise and Cruise Plastic Surgery, call 949-446-1421 or visit orangecountycosmeticsurgery.com and breastlift.com and lagynecomastia.org and Facebook.com/cruiseplasticsurgery and Instagram.com/cruiseplasticsurgery.