With men increasingly opting for facial cosmetic procedures, there are a few things to consider before taking the first step.
While cosmetic procedures may traditionally be associated with women, that’s no longer the case. In a recent survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, nearly one-third of men said they were “extremely likely” to consider a cosmetic procedure.
It’s not so surprising.
“With social media and the ‘selfie’ entering our lives, people pay much closer attention to their appearance,” says Amit Kochhar, MD, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Keck Medicine of USC and clinical assistant professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “This, coupled with advances in procedures such as hair transplantation, have made it more appealing for them to seek out facial plastic surgery.”
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Here, Dr. Kochhar shares 5 expert tips about facial plastic surgery for men.
1. Youth-enhancing surgeries are among the most popular.
Face-lift, brow lift and eyelid surgery (called blepharoplasty) are among the most commonly requested facial plastic surgeries for men, according to Dr. Kochhar. A face-lift entails removing excess tissue around the face to restore a youthful appearance and better define the jaw and neckline.
Brow lifts, on the other hand, elevate the brow to give the face a more natural, youthful look. “This can be done a number of ways, but the most common is through an endoscopic approach, with telescopes that enter through small incisions hidden behind the hair line,” Dr. Kochhar says.
Blepharoplasty rejuvenates the eyelids in a couple different ways. Upper blepharoplasty targets extra skin and fat in the upper and lower eyelids, while lower blepharoplasty focuses on crepey skin or fat in the lower eyelids. Upper blepharoplasty can be done under local anesthesia in the office.
While not necessarily youth-enhancing, nose reshaping (known as rhinoplasty) is another popular choice for men, Dr. Kochhar adds.
2. Hair transplant surgeries now involve beards (and can be scarless).
While the scalp is still the most common area for hair transplant, the demand for beard hair transplants is increasing. Wherever it happens to be, there are two common methods for hair transplant. The first is called follicular unit transplant, also called the strip method, which involves cutting a strip of hair from the back of the head, prepping each hair follicle and then placing it into the new site.
The second more advanced method, follicular unit extraction (or FUE), is done by removing individual hairs from the back of the head with a special device and then transplanting them to a different region. “This method is less likely to leave a noticeable scar afterward,” Dr. Kochhar says.
3. Be prepared to follow rules.
For the best possible results, it’s imperative to adhere to rules both before and after surgery. That includes avoiding supplements or testosterone for up to two weeks before surgery, as they can interfere with wound healing.
Smoking and drinking before surgery are other no-nos. “It’s essential that patients avoid smoking or drinking alcohol for one to two weeks prior to surgery,” Dr. Kochhar notes. “I often tell smokers that they have to quit smoking for six weeks before I will agree to operate on them.”
4. Manage your expectations.
As with any cosmetic procedure, there are aftereffects to consider. Some surgeries don’t offer overnight results, for one. “Men undergoing hair transplant need to know that it will take several months before their new hairs will grow,” Dr. Kochhar says.
Meanwhile, facial bruising can persist for a few weeks after surgery. Barring using makeup to conceal bruising (as many women do after cosmetic surgery), men may want to consider scheduling their postsurgical weeks accordingly.
5. Seek out surgeons who have experience operating on men.
Historically, women have made up the majority of facial plastic surgery patients, which is why it’s important to seek out a surgeon who has experience operating on men of all ages, Dr. Kochhar advises.
“A man’s skin and soft tissue differ significantly from a woman’s and must be handled differently,” Dr. Kochhar explains. “This is important because some surgeons can inadvertently feminize a man’s face if they try to apply the same principles for men that they use on women.”
Always ask for references and before-and-after photos, he says.
by Deanna Pai
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