The Growing Trend of Men Seeking Cosmetic Surgery
Competition in today’s youth-oriented world markets is fueling more men to turn toward cosmetic surgery for lifting their chances of success. As the need to compete effectively rises, so does the acceptance of cosmetic improvement among professional men.
More men are fighting the aging process as they find a more youthful appearance can be a big benefit for business. Many men seek facial rejuvenative surgery such as face lifts, eyelid surgery, nose reshaping, and skin resurfacing such as lasers and peels. That reflection in the mirror has now become as important to men as it has always been to women. All individuals, male or female, are appearance-conscious.
Still, many men are reluctant to explore plastic surgery options, thinking it may not be the “masculine” thing to do. Plastic surgery is more acceptable to men when there are quicker healing times involved, and once the age signs are removed, men return to work quicker than expected and begin to live a more active and aggressive lifestyle.
In addition, men are faced with unique considerations when contemplating a cosmetic procedure. The anatomy of a man is quite different from a woman. Muscles tend to be thicker, chemical reactions in the body differ and a greater variance in exposed skin areas may be a consideration. While these differences do not necessarily pose a greater possibility of complications, gender difference may alter procedure choice or the extent of the procedure.
Men need to take into account their tolerance for scarring and how their own body tends to heal. More often than not, men cannot cover scars in the facial area as well as women. Hairstyle and makeup work in a women’s favor. Men are also usually much more concerned about privacy than women, and may need to be off work longer following facial procedures to prevent others from recognizing the tell-tale signs of cosmetic surgery.
In my practice one of the most popular procedures chosen by my male patients is the laser assisted ‘weekend’ necklift. This surgical procedure represents the evolution of sophisticated facial plastic surgery techniques. By combining surgical and laser techniques, I achieve improvement in the contour of the chin and neck with minimal incisions and rapid recovery. Cervicofacial Liposculpture is first employed to contour the unfavorable fatty changes seen in the face and neck as time passes by, such as the ‘Turkey neck’ and ‘double chin’. Careful attention is then turned to tightening the neck muscles and eliminating neck bands. Finally, the laser is used to ‘resurface’ the underside of the neck skin, thereby ‘shrinkwrapping’ the skin of the neck restoring a youthful contour.
Because a neck lift removes excess fat and muscle in the jaw or chin area, in the case of the neck lift, the beard length and side burns may be factors in deciding the appropriate place for incisions. Also, the muscles in the neck are thicker in men than women. This does not necessarily present a surgical problem or implicate additional complications. Yet, it may change the extent of the procedure. The skin texture of a man’s chin and neck is more course than a woman, reducing scar appearance, while beard and side burns can also assist with covering scars.
The goal among men in seeking plastic surgery is to project on the outside what they still maintain on the inside– a youthful, vibrant contributor to today’s society. Men want the confidence to compete with their younger counterparts, and many patients are amazed at what just a nip and a tuck can do within a very short time. For most men, the laser assisted weekend necklift procedure offers maximum cosmetic benefits with minimum downtime.
Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS
published in FloridaMD Magazine, March 2011