In the past few decades, we’ve seen a number of changes in the field of aesthetic medicine. We went from surgical options for face and body to a plethora of nonsurgical treatments. Additionally, though aesthetic treatments were never only for women, we have seen an increase in the number of men obtaining various surgical and nonsurgical procedures. In 2019 alone, well over 1 million men underwent cosmetic procedures. Here, we discuss some of the most popular cosmetic treatments for men, and how they are performed to address the unique nature of the masculine form.
Facial Rejuvenation for Men
The general objective of facial rejuvenation procedures is to rejuvenate features without altering the natural facial structure. Here, small changes can achieve impressive results.
Blepharoplasty has become one of the leading plastic surgery procedures across the board. This minimally-invasive technique, performed on the upper or lower eyelids, opens up eyes that have taken on a tired, angry, sad, or unfriendly appearance. Plastic surgeons take note of the unique slant of the eyes when performing blepharoplasty, as well as the bony structure of the face. To achieve the best results on the male face, a surgeon typically removes excess skin without pulling remaining skin too tight. Incision shape may also be slightly different.
Injectables for Men
Injectables have also taken up a critical space in aesthetic medicine. In this area, we use neuromodulators like Botox to smooth dynamic wrinkles such as crow’s feet and frown lines. Dermal fillers are injectables formulated to even out creases and accentuate the contours of crucial aspects of the face, such as the cheeks, nose, and jawline. Skilled injectors understand that men have thicker skin and musculature that affect the dosing and techniques used to rejuvenate the face with injectables. That said, men often benefit from the most conservative use of both neuromodulators and fillers. This approach leads to the most natural outcomes.
Body Procedures for Men
Like facial rejuvenation, body contouring is approached differently for men and women.
Men are susceptible to loosening skin, stubborn fat, and lax muscle tissue as they age. In some cases, the abdomen takes the brunt of the effects of getting older, holding on to stubborn fat and “love handles.” Abdominoplasty restores the firm, flat musculature and smooth midsection skin. In addition to improving appearance, this procedure can also address hernia issues and low back pain associated with poor muscle tone. Abdominoplasty is customized for each man to create natural looking proportions across the whole body.
When there is a fair amount of excess fat in the abdominal area, a surgeon may recommend liposuction with or without abdominoplasty. Liposuction is the minimally-invasive outpatient procedure that removes fat cells from a targeted area. While the midsection is a common area for liposuction, men also often seek this procedure to sculpt away a double-chin and neck fat.
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