Over the past few years, there have been many reports and articles discussing the increasing popularity of plastic surgery among men. There was a time when men would shy away from cosmetic surgery, because many thought it was only for women. The modern man has changed in many ways, and today men are not shy about discussing plastic surgery out in public. In fact, I am seeing more and more men in my office for consultation about their faces. Men probably account for about 25 to 30 percent of my patients. It’s interesting to note that I was even asked to carry men’s magazines in my office!
Many men visit my office for the same injectable treatments, such as Botox and fillers that my female patients come in for. When I treat men, I always try to “undercorrect,” that is I leave wrinkles here and there. This is in difference to women, where I really aim to erase most wrinkles. I think that completely eliminating wrinkles in men can feminize them.
The surgical procedures that are most common for men are rhinoplasty, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and facelift. Again, I do perform these procedures differently in men as compared to women. In performing a rhinoplasty, for instance, I keep the bridge high and do not narrow the tip too much. I like to make it a “strong “ masculine nose. When it comes to blepharoplasty, I try not to operate the upper eyelids unless they really need it. And when I do the upper eyelids, I remove much less skin than in female eyelid surgery. Having some redundant skin keeps the eyelids looking masculine.