Summary: When you think about football, you think about deep passes, hard hits, and the frozen tundra maybe. You probably don’t think about plastic surgery. But maybe you should. Football is back on the TV and that’s got us thinking about the ways that athletes use plastic surgery—both during the season and once they’ve left football behind.
A Second Look at Football and Plastic Surgery
It’s likely you won’t see very many advertisements for plastic surgery during the next Monday Night Football. The delicate nature of surgery and the brute, unforgiving toughness of football don’t exactly go together like butter and bread. But it turns out they are somewhat complimentary—and there are many athletes who will invest in plastic surgery once their competitive lives are over.
There are several plastic surgery procedures that are popular with retired athletes. In part, these procedures are designed to address specific damages that are incurred by the body during an athletic career. It’s not surprising, therefore, to see patients who need noses corrected or who need a little bit of body contouring.
These procedures tend to span the gender spectrum with former athletes and can be performed at a wide variety of ages. So let’s take advantage of the start of football season to take a look at some athletic plastic surgery procedures.
Fixing the Nose
One of the most prominent plastic surgery procedures for athletes is rhinoplasty. We use the word “prominent” for two reasons: the procedure is popular and the procedure is capable of making some bold changes to the nose. This can be important for athletes because the nose is often the first to go.
In fact, it’s not uncommon for athletes in physical, contact sports to break their noses multiple times. We’re not just talking about boxers here—professional hockey or football players will often encounter the old broken nose. Not just one, either; many athletes will break their noses repeatedly.
Thankfully, rhinoplasty is able to repair much of the damage. This is true both aesthetically and functionally. A broken nose can diminish one’s ability to breath properly, and it can also skew the way the nose looks, causing bumps and changes in orientation.
For an athlete, rhinoplasty to repair a broken nose is usually used to return the nose to its original appearance, though it can sometimes be used to make other cosmetic changes. According to the website of the New Jersey rhinoplasty experts at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, these changes can make the nose larger, smaller, or straighter. There’s really no limit to the options.
Contouring the Body
Athletes expend many calories. There are some athletes that, in their prime training mode, will expend upwards of 10,000 calories a day. To put that in perspective, the FDA recommends that most people target around 2000 calories a day. This means that athletes eat a lot every day.
So it’s not surprising that, once athletes retire or otherwise move on from sports related occupations, they tend to put on a little bit of extra weight. Sometimes that means extra fat and sometimes that means a little bit of extra skin. The body will go through quite a few changes.
As a result, many formers athletes will look into procedures that are known for body contouring. These procedures may include the following:
- Liposuction: This procedures is designed to eliminate unwanted fat in specific areas of the body. Usually, liposuction is used once the patient’s weight is relatively stable in order to preserve results.
- Tummy tuck or other body lift: Once the fat is removed there is sometimes some leftover excess skin. When that skin is located in the belly area, a tummy tuck can eliminate it. When that skin is located in other areas, surgeons will often turn to other “lift” techniques.
- CoolSculpting: When there is only a small amount of excess fat to eliminate, surgeons will sometimes use a noninvasive technique called CoolSculpting. This device uses cold to freeze fat cells (thus eliminating them) without doing any damage to the skin. It’s a convenient way to get subtle results.
- Gynecomastia surgery: Sometimes when athletes retire, their body can do weird things, such as develop male breast tissue. There are several ways to address the development of gynecomastia (including CoolSculpting). It’s a popular procedure for athletes who want a more masculine profile even in retirement.
A Touchdown for Plastic Surgery
You’ll forgive the football pun, I hope. But the point that I’m trying to make is that plastic surgery is actually pretty popular with athletes of all stripes—both men and women.
In that way, athletes can kind of serve as role models for many people. If it’s good enough for a pro athlete, it’s good enough for you (or vice versa, right?) kind of a thing. In any case, if you’re interested in plastic surgery, you should definitely feel comfortable enough to ask a surgeon what might be best for you.