A growing trend in cosmetic facial plastic surgery is the newfound interest men of all ages are taking in aesthetic, pre-juvenation, and rejuvenation procedures. Between 2000 and 2017, male cosmetic surgery increased by 28%, according to reports from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
The new trend brings with it a learning curve, both for the men seeking treatment and for the facial plastic surgeons who improve the looks of this growing group of patients. Owing to men’s denser musculature, thicker skin, and sharper facial planes, procedures that have worked well for women for decades may not be appropriate or yield the ideal results for many men.
Men who are considering aesthetic improvements should be clear about the results they want in order to help their doctors achieve their goals. Bringing photos of themselves at a younger age, or of celebrities who look refreshed but not “done” can help guide a facial plastic surgeon’s treatment choices.
Men May Need More Botox
The glabellar muscles in the forehead are notorious for creating angry-looking frown lines between the brows but can be relaxed with a neuromodulator, such as Botox, Xeomin, or Dysport. Men may need an initial dose that’s twice what a woman would receive. Men could also receive the same initial standard dose but return in two weeks for further treatment until the glabellar muscles are relaxed.
Men May Want to Look Energized, but Not Youthful
Another consideration is that aesthetic goals as a man might be quite different from a woman’s. While many women come to the facial plastic surgeon’s office because they want to recapture the smooth, firm, and glowing skin of their youth, men may simply want to look more distinguished and invigorated. Overdoing chemical peels, for instance, may result in skin that looks more dewy and baby-like than a male patient would prefer.
Understanding Male Aesthetics
Successfully treating male patients who want aesthetic improvements requires a deep appreciation and knowledge of male facial anatomy as opposed to female anatomy. Just as an expert facial plastic surgeon who’s performing rhinoplasty must know how to create a nose that’s appropriate for a patient’s ethnicity, so must gender be considered.
When it comes to facial plastic surgery, it’s essential to work with someone with expertise in the facial anatomy and aesthetic considerations for both male and female faces, such as Jonathan Kulbersh, MD, of Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte, North Carolina. To maintain a powerful and masculine look while creating aesthetic improvements, Dr. Kulbersh suggests the following:
A masculine nose is typically straight or has a slight dorsal bump in profile, but never a scooped or narrow appearance
Masculine upper eyelid creases should be kept low to avoid a more feminine, wide-eyed look
Lower Blepharoplasty Fat-Repositioning
Should be accomplished only on the sides of the eyelids for male patients
Facelifts and Neck Lifts
Considering beard-line and hairline is of utmost importance for men; a square jaw angulation conveys masculinity
Chin and Mandibular Implants
Chins and jawlines should be squarer and larger for men than for women
An improved, revitalized, and energized appearance can convey the same kinds of psychological and social benefits for men as it does for women.
Set Up a Consultation with Dr. Kulbersh in Charlotte
If you’re interested in improving your appearance with aesthetic and facial plastic surgery procedures, contact Dr. Kulbersh at Carolina Facial Plastics. You can call the office directly or use the online appointment form.
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