The popularity of plastic surgery among men is on the rise. In 2014 alone, more than 1.2 million men underwent cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, and although that represents only about 8% of all the plastic surgery procedures performed that year, it also represents an increase of 23% since 2000. However, despite this steady increase in popularity, a variety of erroneous beliefs and misconceptions help perpetuate a stigma that continues to surround men who undergo any form of plastic surgery, particularly cosmetic facial procedures. Here is some insight into the truth behind many of the most common myths about male plastic surgery.
While it is true that society is generally more accepting of older men than it is of older women, it is largely untrue that men always grow more attractive as they advance in years. Aside from a handful of celebrity exceptions, aging is, in general, no more kind to men than it is to women. Many of my male patients have found that looking more vital helps them to compete in an increasingly youth-dominated workplace. Moreover, some of the most common signs of facial aging in men, like a heavy, sagging brow line or deeply hooded eyes, can make men look angry, unapproachable, disinterested, or simply sleep-deprived. Addressing these areas of concern with a brow lift or eyelid surgery can affect the way that you are perceived and help you to look as young and energized as you feel.
MYTH: Plastic surgery will make a male face look feminine.
Some of my male patients express concern that facial plastic surgery procedures to make them look younger or more vital will give their face a feminine appearance, particularly in light of the increased media attention around facial feminization surgery. This is simply not true. The natural process of aging tends to make the brow line descend and flatten out, the cheeks appear less full, and the jowls sag to create the appearance of a more pronounced jawline, and unfortunately all of these changes tend to be associated with a more masculine-looking face. When correcting these areas of concern, the key to avoiding a feminized appearance lies in using specifically targeted techniques, like brow lifts, eyelid surgery, and mini-facelifts, to address only the areas in need of attention without over-correcting the appearance of the face as a whole. This subtle and individualized approach lifts and firms while avoiding the feminine appearance often associated with more youthful facial features.
MYTH: Undergoing plastic surgery would require that I take too much time off work.
This may have been the case in the past, but today there are a variety of advanced facial rejuvenation procedures that require minimal downtime, many of which can be completed during one’s lunch hour. Botox®, the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment among both men and women, can be completed in as little as fifteen minutes and can noticeably soften the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles for three to six months. After a Botox® treatment, patients usually experience only mild discomfort, or no discomfort whatsoever, and can return to work without interruption that same day.
Remarkable advances are being made in the field of facial plastic surgery, allowing us to safely and effectively offer more options to our patients than ever before. If you are interested in learning more about any of the plastic surgery procedures that I perform, or would like to discuss what procedures or techniques would be best suited to your specific facial rejuvenation needs, I would welcome you to contact my office and schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.