A Man for the New Millennium
If you’ve ever considered cosmetic surgery as a potential beauty fix - you’re not alone; the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) estimates that nearly 16 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2015. Of these procedures, there has been a noticeable jump in the number of men choosing to have elective cosmetic surgery.
Although plastic surgery has traditionally been dominated by female-friendly procedures, this new era of gender equality has seen a new kind of a modern masculinity. As people are becoming more visible on social media platforms, it is now quite acceptable and often expected for a man to be concerned with his appearance. This type of self-care is no longer seen as something for the elite or mega-wealthy. Rather, men in varying age ranges, income levels, and occupations have become increasingly interested in seeking out surgical and non-surgical cosmetic solutions.
The ASPS has found that from 1997 - 2016 the number of nonsurgical male procedures increased by 500%. The modern man is no longer stigmatized by his desire to look youthful, healthy and successful. Plastic surgeons are now eager to satisfy this emerging clientele with gender-specific and minimally invasive procedures.
According to a report by Business Insider, most male patients can be categorized into one of four categories:
After having children, many men stop hitting the gym and begin to let themselves go. In an effort to look fit and feel young and healthy for their wife and children these men may consider liposuction and eyelift surgery.
Board Room Executive
For a man with a busy lifestyle, there may not be time to take care of himself as he should. These men want to look and feel their best. They want an edge in the competitive job market and may look to get a necklift, eyelift or Kybella, which helps to sculpt the jawline.
This type of man is seeking to tone and define his body. Liposuction and gynecomastia can give the appropriate sculpt to a man’s body and build.
For many struggling actors in Southern California, procedures like liposuction, filler and especially Kybella can boost confidence and give men the refined look of Hollywood’s most handsome actors.
Trends in Cosmetic Surgery
Over the last decade, the demographic of those seeking cosmetic surgery has changed drastically. As surgeons develop new techniques for rejuvenation, there has been an increase in the number of minimally-invasive options available. These procedures are particularly appealing for men with busy lifestyles, who want to look good fast, without much recovery time. These options also appeal to a younger, less-affluent segment of the population.
The 2015 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report found that last year 3.9 million procedures were performed on those between the ages of 19-39. This statistic shows that it has become more acceptable and less expensive to seek out cosmetic surgery as a way to maintain youthfulness throughout a lifetime, not just in middle age.
New and Now: Kybella Treatments
A strong jaw and chiseled features can help men feel more attractive, confident and powerful. One of the hottest new treatments on the market is Kybella, a nonsurgical treatment approved by the FDA to help get rid of a man’s “double chin” and give the look of a chiseled jawline. The treatment is popular with men of all ages and income levels, as it is quick, easy and inexpensive. Doctor’s report that while male patients usually make-up a smaller portion of their practice, an estimated 40% of Kybella patients are men.
Offering low-risk and natural looking results, it is no wonder this new treatment appeals to the male demographic. This is a practical, nonsurgical option and many men are able to schedule an appointment during a lunch break and return to work without colleagues noticing a thing.
Doctors say two common reasons men may seek Kybella treatments: selfies and tight collars. For many people, seeing an unattractive photo on Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat can cause insecurity and self-consciousness. In an era of social media, where everyone is always looking their best, it is understandable that men want to look their best as well.
For men in professional fields, a common complaint is the double-chin given by their collar and tie. No one wants to head into the office feeling uncomfortable and unattractive. Kybella can give men the look of a powerful, sculpted jawline, perfect for boardroom negotiations.
Kybella works as a series of injections under the chin, using the chemical deoxycholic acid to melt fat. This naturally occurring chemical helps the body reabsorb fat cells. Depending on the severity of the patient’s double chin, appointments can range from 2-6 sessions.
Men in the Media
As men become more comfortable with undergoing cosmetic procedures, many look to Hollywood for examples of acceptable plastic surgery. Several celebrity and surgical websites like Huffington Post, Look Damn Good and Men’s Health have doctors, surgeons and other experts compare and contrast celebrity photos for possible cosmetic improvements.
Here are several notable men who are rumoured to have achieved natural-looking results through plastic surgery:
Robert Downey Jr. - Botox
Johnny Depp - Botox and filler
Robert Redford - Botox
Al Pacino - Facelift and filler
Clint Eastwood - Various laser treatments, forehead lift
Michael Douglas - Botox
Brad Pitt - Ears Pinned
George Clooney - Blepharoplasty
Howard Stern - Facelift
Shia Labeouf - Rhinoplasty
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson - Gynecomastia
Beauty Myths and Misconceptions
The ASAPS has disproved five of the most common plastic surgery myths:
Myth: Only women get plastic surgery
Fact: In a statistical analysis of overall surgical procedures, male patients undergoing cosmetic surgery has increased by 273% in the last two decades. Manhattan-based plastic surgeon Dr. Douglas Steinbrech was quoted in an article for Business Insider as saying, “Men get surgery as a key tool to help them succeed… in a marketplace where looking fit, younger, and more masculine is imperative, the better you look, the better your chances of ascending the corporate ladder.”
Myth: People who get plastic surgery are self-centered and vain
Fact: The media has long portrayed plastic surgery as an option only for the self-conscious and self-obsessed, seeking to drastically change their appearance. In reality, it is estimated the 88% of patients have realistic expectations and that post-surgical patients “feel healthier, less anxious and [have] more self esteem.”
Myth: It is too expensive
Fact: Technology and the increasing use of non-invasive methods have lowered the cost of many cosmetic procedures. It is no longer considered a luxury to receive these common procedures, especially facial rejuvenation treatments, which are quick, inexpensive and require less recovery time.
Myth: Plastic surgery can lead to facial scarring
Fact: Board certified surgeons are specially trained to hide and minimize the appearance of scars, used to be commonly seen after cosmetic surgery. New techniques allow surgeons to make smaller incisions along more inconspicuous pathways. Additionally, developments in post scar revision, such as laser treatment, give surgeons the ability to quickly go over treated areas to lessen even further any minimally visible signs of surgery.
Myth: Results can be unreliable and high-risk
Fact: As plastic surgery has become more common in recent decades, the FDA and American Board of Plastic Surgeons have worked hard to ensure that board certified doctors are thoroughly trained and use only the safest injectables. This has significantly decreased potential risks patients may face. If you are concerned with unreliable results, we recommend doing some extensive research before committing to your surgeon. Look for a Board Certified specialist of facial plastics or ophthalmic plastics, schedule a consultation, ask lots of questions, and ask for before and after photographs to ensure you are in the best hands.
Top Surgical Procedures for Men
The 2015 ASPS Plastic Surgery Statistics Report found the following surgical procedures were the most common among males:
- Rhinoplasty - Nose Reshaping
This procedure has been popular among men and women for decades and involves reshaping the nose to remove a bump, correct a sloping tip, correct blocked nasal passages, narrow the bridge, or straighten a crooked nose. The goal of rhinoplasty can be to balance the face or improve breathing and ultimately to increase confidence.
- Blepharoplasty - Eyelid Surgery
This common procedure helps brighten the face for those who feel they’ve started to look old or tired. Upper eyelid surgery corrects sagging and hooded lids, while under eyelid surgery can help remove excess skin and bags under the eyes.
- Gynecomastia - Breast Correction in Men
This procedure has become more common in recent years with men looking to reshape their body. For those with excess tissue in the pectoral area, doctor's remove this tissue to flatten and enhance chest contours.
- Rhytidectomy - Facelift
As the face loses volume through atrophy, aging can flatten cheeks and jawlines. A facelift can treat this by addressing multiple areas of the face and neck and making patients look younger and slimmer.
Liposuction helps reshape the body by removing excess fat and can offer men the slimmer, sculpted look they desire by “improving contours and proportion.”
Top Minimally-Invasive Procedures for Men
The following were the most popular nonsurgical procedures among males:
- Botulinum Toxin Type A - Botox
Commonly used to remove wrinkles and deep creases, Botox is also frequently administered to correct muscle imbalance near the eyes and mouth. Effects last for 3 or more months and can help prevent and reduce the signs of aging.
- Laser Hair Removal
To remove excess or unwanted hair, many men turn to laser hair removal. It works by using highly concentrated beams of light to destroy hair follicles and prevent future growth.
Microdermabrasion is a facial rejuvenation procedure used to eliminate creases and wrinkles, as well as improve the appearance of scars. It works by safely removing the outer layer of skin so that a new, smoother layer can replace it.
- Chemical Peel
Used to treat signs of aging, sun damage, acne and other superficial scarring, chemical peels are administered by a physician and involve a “controlled chemical burn customized for your skin.”
- Soft Tissue Fillers
Fillers are a popular choice to help restore volume to the face lost by aging. Fillers help with early signs of aging and can be used in combination with other rejuvenation treatments to enhance contours, add fullness and soften wrinkles.
Are You Man Enough?
Over the last twenty years cosmetic surgery - and those who get it - has changed greatly. Modern technology has made it easier and safer to achieve natural results, and the FDA-approval of new drugs has made injectables, laser treatments and Kybella an affordable option for men of all incomes and age groups. As the number of men seeking cosmetic procedures continues to climb, it reflects how our society encourages men to improve their image and to gain back their self-confidence.
In an article for KSL, Cori Agarwal M.D. summed up this idea saying, ““I think people sometimes think that cosmetic surgery is just for looking good, but it’s really for quality of life... It’s for feeling comfortable in your body and looking on the outside like you feel on the inside.”
When considering surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic rejuvenation, the most important thing to keep in mind is your health, happiness and well-being. Consult with a Board Certified surgeon about potential treatment options and start to look the way you feel.