The Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care
7900 Farm to Market Road 1826, Bldg 2, Suite 206
Austin, TX 78737
Phone: (512) 288-8200
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
At our Austin plastic surgery practice, procedures for men are increasingly popular as male cosmetic enhancement—both surgical and nonsurgical—has gained acceptance. Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Rocco Piazza and Dr. Marcelo Antunes, adapt their surgical approaches to a male patient’s unique physical and lifestyle needs, whether for body contouring or facial rejuvenation.
Body Contouring Procedures
Dr. Piazza specializes in body contouring procedures and describes how he tailors treatments such as liposuction to highlight the muscular anatomy of his male patients. That means enhancing areas where augmentation would meet a patient’s goals, such as the chest. In other situations, he may use liposuction to sculpt the junctions and borders of adjacent muscle groups, creating a more balanced, natural, and masculine result.
This is Dr. Piazza’s fundamental approach to all areas of the male body, including the chest, abdomen, shoulders, back, flanks, legs, buttocks, and arms. He uses the advanced techniques developed at The New York Institute of Male Plastic Surgery, where he completed a fellowship with Dr. Douglas Steinbrech.
Dr. Steinbrech created an innovative approach to male plastic surgery called BodyBanking®, a technique specifically designed to help male patients attain their cosmetic goals. The BodyBanking procedure uses fat transfer—liposuctioning fat from one area of the body and re-injecting it in another for a natural-looking enhancement. Dr. Piazza places the fat strategically to create a sculpted appearance where it’s desired. This technique is especially useful for the shoulders, pecs, biceps, triceps, glutes, and calves.
Not all men need or want plastic surgery to meet their goals. Nonsurgical body contouring such as CoolSculpting® is also popular among men.
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Waistline Reshaping Treating Flanks & Abdomen
A firm, sculpted abdomen is often a goal for men who are fit but need some help shaping and defining their waistline. We offer Male Abdomen and Waistline Enhancement Surgery, aka “The Speedo Lift,” to sculpt the male body. This procedure removes unwanted fat from the flanks and lower abdomen as well as excess skin if present. These procedures reshape the waistline and empower self-confidence, creating a more masculine contour and slim waistline. Liposuction incisions are tiny, resulting in small, easily concealed scars which are placed to minimize visibility. If excess skin is removed, these incisions are strategically placed low across the waistline so that they are hidden with swim trucks or even a Speedo!
Oftentimes, the fat removed with liposuction is then processed using the Revolve Fat Transfer System then transferred to the pectoralis, deltoid, biceps and abdominal muscles to enhance their appearance.
Body Sculpting with Liposuction and Fat Transfer
In order to help sculpt the male body, we offer Male Body Sculpting with Muscle Enhancement. Using liposuction, we remove unwanted fat and redistribute it into muscles to enhance the shape and size with respect to the male body shape. Fat can be transferred to muscles like the pectoralis, deltoid, biceps and abdominal muscles to enhance their appearance.
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Treatment)/ Chest Contouring
Enlarged breasts due to excess fat or breast tissue can cause a more feminine shape to the nipple and male chest. To sculpt the chest and create a more masculine appearance, we offer Male Breast Reduction/ gynecomastia treatment with liposuction. Through tiny incisions, hidden underneath the arm and at the base of the nipple areola, fatty pockets under the skin are suctioned out with a liposuction cannula to contour the chest and reveal the shape of the pectoralis muscle.
Liposuction can be combined with fat transfer to the pectoralis muscle to enhance the shape and appearance of the male chest.
As someone who leads a healthy lifestyle that includes regular workouts, Dr. Piazza understands that guys are eager to return to the gym. Active patients usually enjoy the best results and he encourages his male patients gradually resume their exercise routines. Start slowly, such as walking on a treadmill with a slight incline or pedaling a stationary bike. But avoid the high-impact exercises that focus on core and cardio—running, jumping rope, or CrossFit™-style workouts—for 6 weeks.
Isolated muscle movements in the early post-procedure period, focusing on muscle engagement with light weights and high repetitions, are acceptable.
Male Body Sculpting With Muscle Enhancement at a Glance
Goal: To remove unwanted fat and redistribute the fat into muscles to enhance their shape and size for a more masculine appearance.
Procedure: Through tiny incisions concealed in the treatment areas, fatty pockets under the skin are removed using MicroAire’s PAL® Power-Assisted Liposuction System. The removed fat is then processed with the REVOLVE™ fat transfer system to enhance muscles like the pectoralis, deltoid, biceps, and abdominals.
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
Procedure length: 2 to 4 hours (depending on number of areas treated)
Aftercare: Once the surgery is complete, the incision sites will be closed with dissolvable sutures and a small Steri-Strip, and the site is then sealed with a clear dressing. Areas contoured with liposuction will be covered with a thick foam pad and then wrapped in a compression garment to minimize swelling, bruising, and recovery time. The compression garment, which also helps to maintain the shape Dr. Piazza created during the procedure, will be worn over the foam pad for the first 4 to 5 days. Occasionally, small drains will be placed during surgery to remove unwanted healing fluid and allow for a faster recovery.
Recovery: Typically ranges from 1 to 2 weeks. The foam compression pads will be removed on day 4, and the bandages placed over the incisions will be removed 5 to 6 days following surgery. The compression garment will be used for the first 1 to 2 weeks.
- Day 4 to 5: Foam removal
- Day 5 to 6: Dressing removal
- Day 7 to 10: Return to work and social activities
- 3 months: 80% healed
- 6 months: 100% healed
“I fundamentally believe that ‘muscle confusion,’ through a diverse exercise and weight lifting program, will take your surgical result to an entirely new level by transforming your physique over the course of the 6 months following the procedure. My own experience in fitness, competing in all-natural body building competitions, triathlons, swim races and as a group fitness cycling instructor at Pure Austin, gives me a unique perspective when taking care of my male patients.”–Dr. Rocco Piazza
Facial Plastic Surgery
In Austin and nationwide, the number of men considering facial aesthetic procedures has been rising rapidly over the past decade. From “Brotox” and fillers to rhinoplasty and facelifts, men are considering far more options than the traditional hair transplant to improve their appearances, look more vibrant, and remain competitive in the workplace.
Dr. Antunes takes into account several nuances when planning facial plastic surgery procedures for men. Maintaining the face’s masculine features is as important as restoring a youthful appearance. That’s why Dr. Antunes carefully analyzes a patient’s facial features and then tailors the procedure to match his goals. Virtually all facial rejuvenation procedures performed on women are also done for men, but technical differences involving incision placement and other details make the procedures unique for male patients.
A masculine face typically conveys strength. Sharp, well-defined angles, a strong jaw, a broader chin, a prominent brow, and defined cheekbones all contribute to an attractive appearance in men. When a man gets plastic surgery, the procedure is designed to cater to the male anatomy.
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Rhinoplasty is probably the most common plastic surgery procedure performed for men. It can improve both the appearance and functionality of the nose. Several differences exist between what the ideal noses of men and women should look like. Male noses usually project at a right angle from the upper lip and are not as turned up as female’s noses. The nasal dorsum (the bridge of the nose) tends to be slightly wider, and straight, creating a masculine and confident appearance.
Facelifts and neck lifts continue to rise in popularity among men. As the workplace becomes more competitive, pressure increases on men to look their best. A lifting procedure gives the patient a more energetic and youthful appearance that’s very important to remain competitive in the marketplace. The main difference between male and female lifts is the presence of facial hair. Dr. Antunes adapts the procedure by placing incisions in slightly different places than he does when operating on a female facelift patient. The procedures result in a fresh appearance with a well-defined neck and jawline.
Eyelid surgery is a very common procedure for male patients. Sagging eyelids are usually one of the earliest and most prominent signs of aging in male patients. Eyelids with excess skin and a baggy appearance under the eyes can make someone look tired and significantly impact on how he’s perceived by others. In addition to creating a rested, more alert look, eyelid surgery can give the patient an edge in the workplace.
A brow lift for male patients needs to executed carefully. The male brow is flat and should be at the level of the bony rim above the eye, differently than the female brow that elevates laterally. When performing a brow lift for a male patient, these and other details need to be kept in mind in order to maintain a masculine, yet youthful appearance.
A properly projected and shaped chin is inherently associated with masculinity and strength. This enhances the jawline and can sometimes improve submental fullness (the appearance of a double chin). Chin augmentation can be done alone or in combination with other procedures.
Dr. Antunes offers both surgical and nonsurgical procedures that can fill in thinning or bald areas with your own natural hair. He offers hair transplant surgery using the follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplant (FUT) methods performed with great care, precision, and an aesthetic eye. Nonsurgical treatments such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) and light therapy encourage the thickening of thinning areas and enhance the results of transplant surgery.
To consult with Dr. Piazza or Dr. Antunes about procedures for men, you can request an in-person or virtual consultation using our online form, or call our office at (512) 288-8200 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.