Men are embracing plastic surgery like never before. Like women, men today want to look as young as they feel, and are enticed by budding technological innovations that keep them away from long recovery periods. Men absolutely want little to no downtime, are more interested in non-surgical techniques, and want to keep their changes minimal.
Most importantly, when it comes to working on men, the aesthetic is different: men don’t ever want to look done. As a man who has had plastic surgery himself, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Pinsky of Florida shares his unique perspective regarding the concerns of the male patient.
Men Embracing Plastic Surgery
In the past, plastic surgery was almost exclusively the domain of women. “Today, it’s much different,” explains Dr. Pinksy. More and more men are coming into his office. There is no longer any stigma attached to men entertaining the idea of plastic surgery.
Most men care about their looks as much, if not more, than women. They work out hard at the gym to keep their bodies toned and tight. They eat right. They care about their skin, receiving facials and purchasing high-end skin care. They spend money on haircuts and color.
It makes sense that they would pursue non-surgical and surgical procedures to keep Father Time at bay.
Non-Surgical Procedures for Men
The top non-surgical procedures for men looking to rejuenate the face:
Fillers can help eradicate deep lines and wrinkles in the forehead and around the mouth while Botox will soften the active muscles that can make a man look tired or perpetually angry. The result is a natural, more youthful look to the face.
Kybella, on the other hand, is a bit different. It melts the subcutaneous fat under the chin that is a problem area for so many men as they age. The result is a crisper, cleaner and more masculine looking jawline.
CoolSculpting has done a great job enticing men by providing a fat removal device that comes with no pain and no downtime. It is a terrific way for men to rejuvenate their body contour without having to take time away from work. The two most common problem areas for men are the love handles and the lower abdomen.
CoolSculpting works by freezing the fat in the treatment area, a percentage of which then dies and is flushed from the body over a period of months. It does require multiple sessions but no downtime, a huge selling point for men.
Men Can Restore Hair with NeoGraft
Hair loss is a major concern for many men. Going bald or heading that direction signals them and others as to their age (even if it’s a genetic change). If there is significant hair left in the back of the head, men can look to other new technology improvement to transplant hair.
NeoGraft is a minimally invasive hair transplant technique that uses Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) to restore hair. In short, individual follicles are removed from the back of head and implanted into areas of need. Compared to the sometimes barbaric-looking strip grafting of the past, FUE technologies like NeoGraft have refined hair transplant and made it viable for would-be patients.
Top Surgical Procedures for Men
The top surgical procedures that men are the eyes and the neck. The eyes are critical because they are one of the first things that someone notices on your face. An upper or lower blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can give men a tremendous rejuvenation.
Men want to stay competitive in work, in romance, and in life. With eyelid surgery, patients won’t look as tired. An increase in something as small as how you perceive your energy levels in the mirror can improve energy levels and vitality. As Dr. Pinksy puts it, the feeling is “ready to take on the world.”
The neck is the other hot spot for male patients. Men tend to be extremely concerned by a loose, saggy neck. A neck lift is a surgical procedure to lift and tighten the skin and the muscles of the neck while also removing excess fat if necessary. The combination of eyelid surgery with a neck lift, or simply reducing a small pocket of neck fat with Kybella, could turn the clock back a decade or more.
Different Aesthetics with Men
When working on male patients, Dr. Pinsky does not use the same surgical principals that he would when working on a woman. We’ve all seen examples in the media of male movie stars whose faces have been feminized by surgery. It’s extremely important when working with men that there be no evidence that something was done, and masculinity is preserved.
As a man who has had plastic surgery himself, Dr. Pinkly understands that men want to keep things private. He offers different hours for his male patients so that it doesn’t get in the way of their work schedule and so they don’t have to be surrounded by female patients. The goal is to make the atmosphere, “very private and personal for them.”
For both men and women alike, plastic surgery is life changing. Patients have more self confidence and energy following surgery. They feel better about how they look which make them happier. “I feel like Santa Claus everyday in my office because I just bring smiles,” shares Pinsky.