February 28th, 2023
Dr. Thomas Bell, MD
Cosmetic Surgery for Men: Why it’s on the Rise
Many young men pursue body contouring and face sculpting procedures, while older men seek anti-aging treatments. With the rise in popularity of cosmetic procedures and wanting to be the best version of yourself, it’s no surprise that everyone is pursuing these rejuvenating treatments. Men have been partaking in specific procedures due to a newfound comfort with embracing the world of beauty and the desire to look great and boost self-esteem.
In the U.S., over 100,00 men got filler injections – a 99% increase in one year! With societal changes and the dissolution of gender norms, men are no longer afraid to undergo cosmetic surgery to address areas of concern and refresh their features.
Popular Procedures for Men
For men, some procedures stand out more than others in popularity. Whether they want a more contoured-looking face and body or to reduce signs of aging, the following procedures are the most sought-after amongst men in 2023.
A rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, can reconstruct the nose for functional or cosmetic reasons. Part of the nose will often be broken to reshape the bridge. Rhinoplasties can help fix nose bumps, asymmetry, or breathing problems. Your recovery is about one week, and you must wear a nose splint. Swelling typically goes down in less than a month, and there are new technologies coming out every year that help minimize bruising and invasiveness.
Abdominoplasty, often referred to as a tummy tuck, targets loose skin in the stomach area and helps tighten the abdominal muscles. While liposuction targets fat removal, an abdominoplasty highlights the muscle you work hard for but can’t see clearly enough. It’s recommended for people who have a balanced diet and lifestyle but want to contour their bodies to reflect how they feel and which muscles they work out.
Before your tummy tuck, you should avoid smoking for at least six weeks before and after your surgery, and don’t take any over-the-counter medications that could thin your blood for three weeks before and after your surgery. Drains will be left in place for several weeks after your procedure to speed up the healing process, and you will be given a supportive garment during healing.
A blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as double eyelid surgery or Asian eyelid surgery, reconstructs the upper and/or lower eyelids to create a more awake, youthful look. The procedure takes 30-45 minutes, and recovery only takes a week. Fat and excess skin is removed from the treatment area to give a lifted look, and the results are long-lasting. This procedure is ideal for older men who have noticed drooping in their eyelids or younger men who want to look more alert and awake.
Enlarged or overdeveloped breast tissue can occur during puberty, creating self-confidence issues in men. A chest reduction restructures the breast area to make it look flatter and more masculine. Liposuction of the area will be performed, and medication will be prescribed to soothe any discomfort, swelling, or pain following the surgery. After a few weeks, all swelling will subside with the help of compression garments. After three months, the swelling will be gone, and you can go shirtless with full confidence!
Dermal fillers can add volume to areas in the face that lose fullness as we age or plump the lips and cheeks for a youthful appearance. Popular dermal fillers like Juvederm contour and smooth the face, boasting minimal pain, minimal invasiveness, and a quick procedure time. Recovery only lasts 1-2 days, but results can last for as long as one year. Not only will you enjoy a youthful, refreshed appearance, but collagen production will be increased, and there is very little downtime.
Fat grafting involves taking fat from one area of the body and redistributing it to other areas. This procedure is often used to perform Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL) but can also add volume to the face to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles without using filler. Fat grafting is typically performed on the cheeks, temples, and smile lines for men. You can also graft fat to the chin in replacement of a chin implant. Fat grafting has minimal downtime, takes around 45 minutes, and you can return to work the next day.
Hair Transplant & Restoration
Male pattern baldness and hair loss affect most men at some point in their lives. If you’re seeking a transplant, FUE hair transplantation is commonly performed, as it involves taking hair from the head’s areas with growth and transplanting it to areas with little to no growth.
Men also often seek out hair restoration, which can target the scalp and the beard area. Follicle groups are separated and transplanted into pores that are created in the treatment area, leaving room for hair growth, increased density, and healthier locks. Hair can be washed two weeks following both procedures with a light shampoo, and warm water poured over the scalp with no massaging performed. Recovery can be a lengthy but rewarding process, and you should check in regularly with your surgeon to make sure you are healing fully.
At What Age Should Men Pursue Cosmetic Procedures?
For procedures that don’t involve anti-aging properties, you need to be 18 years old and have concerns about hair loss, breast size, excess fat and skin in the abdominal region, asymmetry of the nose, or any other procedure that doesn’t involve lifting the skin or getting rid of fine lines; you should book a consultation with Toronto Plastic Surgeons.
You should also be in a healthy state of mind and ask many questions during your consultation to ensure you do it for your self-confidence and not to impress others. Dr. Bell will guide you in the right direction and answer any questions and concerns.
Many men seek out anti-aging treatments that reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage in their early to mid-30s, as that’s when they first notice their skin losing its elasticity. Of course, all patients seeking out cosmetic procedures should wash their face twice a day, moisturize regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure they heal fully and always look (and feel) their best.
What are Some Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Men?
Many non-surgical treatment options are available, especially for hair removal and anti-aging purposes. With new technology emerging daily, different types of fillers, injectables (such as Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin), and non-invasive treatments are becoming readily available.
Microdermabrasion is rising in popularity, as it is a minimally invasive facial procedure that allows men of any age to enjoy refreshed, youthful-looking skin. You can also seek out a chemical peel, which lightens hyperpigmentation and reduces the look of fine lines, wrinkles, clogged pores, and scarring.
Lastly, if you are self-conscious about hair on your back or chest, laser hair removal is a common and effective procedure that many people opt for. With all of these non-surgical treatment options, you can address any problem areas and return home the same day, with no downtime and satisfying results.