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A Plastic Surgeon’s Take on ‘Dad Bod’

Learn about liposuction and other plastic surgery procedures for men in Albany.

The power of social media never stops amazing me. A viral video, photo, or post can instantly influence the topics of conversation at my plastic surgery practice in Albany.

Sometimes I can’t help but shake my head or chuckle when I hear what is trending. That was true recently when I heard about the concept of “Dad Bod.”

Have you heard about this? The topic was driven into the spotlight recently thanks to an essay written by Clemson University student Mackenzie Pearson. Pearson writes about the “new trend” of college-aged women desiring men with less sculpted physiques. Pearson explains, “It’s not an overweight guy, but it isn’t one with washboard abs, either.”

Her essay was not without controversy and a bit of backlash, as women pointed out that moms are often shamed, not celebrated, for their post-pregnancy bodies. Others are taking a positive spin on the subject, including The New York Times, which is asking readers to submit photos of real dad bods as inspiration for Father’s Day.

No matter your stance, this trending topic does play into a plastic surgery trend I have observed in recent years. Rather than aiming to achieve physical “perfection,” both men and women are opting for more natural-appearing surgical outcomes. Here are some examples:

  • Shaped breast implants: Gone are the days when breast augmentation was obvious. These days, women can choose from a variety of state-of-the-art implant types and shapes, including teardrop or “gummy bear,” that offer a more natural look and feel than the implants of yesterday.
  • CoolSculpting®: Non-invasive body contouring treatments including CoolSculpting are more popular than ever. Our CoolSculpting patients (yes, including many dads) are not interested in more drastic results like those from liposuction, but instead prefer subtle improvements that appear over time.
  • Ultherapy®: Surgery is no longer the only option for correcting loose skin around the face. Ultherapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound technology to rejuvenate the appearance gradually. Our patients in Albany love it because they don’t look like they’ve “had work done”.

Whether you have a dad bod, a mom bod, or any other kind of bod, as a physician, I urge you to focus first on just being healthy and taking care of yourself.

Want to join the conversation on social media? Be sure to pay us a visit on Facebook. I wonder what we’ll be talking about next!


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