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Dr. Charles Perry explains how surgical and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement treatments for bodybuilders can enhance training and competition performance.

Sacramento, CA—Bodybuilding is a highly competitive contest, and the athletes are under extreme physical scrutiny, states Dr. Charles Perry, a plastic surgeon in Sacramento. To maintain an award-winning physique, he says bodybuilders must be extremely dedicated to a rigorous and strict exercise and nutrition program. Even with discipline, he notes, some individuals desire aesthetic enhancement that can help them improve their score, achieve greater success at events, and increase self-esteem.

While bodybuilding is designed to be a competition of physical fitness, numerous individuals receive calf, bicep, and abdominal implants to achieve the desired size and look when exercise alone proves unsuccessful, Dr. Perry reveals. Some competitors find this use of cosmetic enhancements to be unethical; however, he says there is a broad range of aesthetic treatments available that can aid performance that do not substitute surgery for training. The top cosmetic procedures for bodybuilders include breast augmentation, dermal fillers, and skin lifts, he explains.

The stage presence portion of judgment evaluates the overall appearance of the bodybuilder, as well as his or her charisma and posing, Dr. Perry explains. As a result, he says that many female athletes, particularly fitness models, desire a more feminine look that may be achieved with breast implants and the softening effect of dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM® and Sculptra® Aesthetic. Facial volume loss can be a concern for male bodybuilders as well, who can utilize these same products to produce a more youthful, smooth, and appealing look with little to no interruption of the training schedule. The Sacramento plastic surgeon suggests that a customized treatment plan typically can enhance the bodybuilder physique in a way that suits the unique needs and goals of the individual.

Ultimately, Dr. Perry believes that cosmetic surgery can benefit bodybuilders in myriad ways. He says that small modifications often can lead to significant gains in competition, potentially leading to an improved score, sponsorship, or a gold medal win. He emphasizes that the improvements are not just physical, and that many athletes will develop increased confidence following aesthetic treatments. “We love seeing healthy, happy patients who have done as much as possible non-surgically, because they heal so well following surgery and are so in-tune with what changes they desire. They are usually the happiest of our patients.”

About Charles Perry, MD, FACS

Dr. Perry, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Sacramento. He is an active member of several prestigious medical associations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and he is the recipient of numerous accolades. He earned his medical degree from the University of Washington, and he completed additional training in general and plastic surgery. Dr. Perry is available for interview upon request.

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