Men More Likely Than Women To Have Postoperative Complications

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While women are still dominating the plastic surgery world, it seems the number of men open to cosmetic procedures is increasing. And this surge of testosterone in the industry isn’t going down any time soon. But with this increase, experts have found male patients more prone to complications than females.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports men are more likely to experience complications like hematoma and seroma after a body contouring procedure. The most common body-contouring procedures for men include the removal of excess tissue from the upper body such as the chest, back and arms.

It turns out that wound-related complications are a lot more common in men. 14.6 percent of men were affected by hematomas, or collections of blood under the skin, compared to only 3.5 percent of women. That makes men about four times more likely to get this complication. And seromas, collections of wound fluid, were three times more likely to occur in men—25 percent versus 13 percent of women.

Why the increased risk? Experts aren’t exactly sure why this difference in complications between the sexes occurs. Some theories are that men typically have more tissue removed and that they tend to have higher blood pressure. Until exact causes are known, men who desire body-contouring surgery should be aware of the increased risk of complication.