While news and pop culture will have you believe that women are the primary recipients of plastic surgery, it’s a little-known fact that men are just as likely to opt for cosmetic treatments as women. Among men, invasive surgeries like liposuction, tummy tucks, and breast reduction surgery are common. Of course, non-surgical procedures are popular as well.
Interested in learning more about what non-surgical procedures men flock to most? Below, we go over the top 5 most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures for men.
1. Chemical Peels
Like women, men want to have a smooth, fresh looking complexion on their face, neck, and chest. But like women, challenges like chronic acne, dry skin, rosacea, scarring, sun damage, and other problems can hinder results.
Enter, chemical peels.
Chemical peels or facial peels are the perfect pick-me-up for dull, marred skin. This noninvasive procedure is extremely popular among men of all ages, but those in their 40s and 50s tend to make up the majority of patients.
These men want to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, scars from past acne, brown spots from the sun, and other damage. Chemical peels address all of these issues and more. Furthermore, when guys have smoother, more even skin on their face and neck, they’re able to get a closer shave, something that’s specifically desirable to many men.
2. Botox Injections
Every year, more than 3 million Botox injections are performed throughout the nation. Botulinum toxin — also known as Botox — was originally created to treat muscle spasms. Today, we commonly know it as the best tool to prevent and treat the appearance of wrinkles.
Botox is a safe and effective way to temporarily take care of moderate to severe fine lines and wrinkles on the face. In some patients, it is also used to smooth areas on the neck and chest.
Men are primarily drawn to Botox to reduce and eliminate forehead wrinkles, lines between the eyebrows, and wrinkles on either side of the mouth and eyes. Many men are interested in eliminating facial lines that make them look angry, stressed, tired, or worried. Some men are interested in slimming or changing the shape of their jawline, a problem area that Botox can also treat.
With Botox, men have more self-confidence and self-esteem. This boost can help them have more success romantically, in the workplace, and in other areas of their lives.
3. Dermal Fillers
Like chemical peels, dermal fillers address common issues such as fine lines and wrinkles. But unlike a standard chemical peel, dermal fillers can also respond to more intense facial challenges, such as jawline jowls, drooping in the cheeks, and weak jawlines. These premature signs of aging are often problematic for men who want a strong, chiseled jawline and smooth, firm cheeks without sagging and pouches.
Dermal fillers take many forms. Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane for example, are soft Hyaluronic Acids that can help fill in deep scars and wrinkles. They can also alter the position and shape of the lips and cheeks where necessary. Like Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane, Belotero is another Hyaluronic Acid, but it’s thinner, so it’s better at treating smaller fine lines and wrinkles that the former three cannot treat.
All four of these fillers have results that last around nine months. Other fillers like Radiesse and Sculptra exist as well, serving other specific purposes, depending on the patient’s desires. Some fillers can last as long as 12 months.
Often, men who desire the benefits of dermal fillers will combine this procedure with Botox for the ideal result. Your doctor can help you decide the best fillers and complementary procedures for your particular trouble areas and ultimate skin goals.
4. Laser Hair Removal
While women often opt for laser hair removal to get rid of unwanted hair on the face, arms, underarms, bikini area, and legs, men usually use laser hair removal to target hair on the back and chest. Some may opt for the procedure to take care of genital area hair or excess hair on the shoulders and stomach as well.
Regardless of where you’d like to remove unwanted hair on your body, your doctor can help you choose the best laser hair removal solution for you and your skin type. For instance, some men with highly pigmented skin should only use specific types of hair removal strategies. That’s because if your skin has a lot of melanin, certain lasers may alter your pigmentation long-term or even permanently. Rest assured, there are options for all skin types.
5. Nonsurgical Fat Reduction
Even if you’ve worked out hard and dieted long-term to get rid of excess fat, you may still be challenged by problem areas and extra pounds that don’t seem to want to budge. Often, for men, these trouble areas are in the upper body — particularly, in the abdomen and flanks.
Invasive procedures like tummy tucks and liposuction can be highly effective at reducing fat in these areas. But sometimes, a lighter touch is needed. This is where treatments like truSculpt iD come in. truSculpt iD is a revolutionary treatment that sculpts the body from the outside, in. truSculpt iD targets fat by using heat to therapeutically destroy fat cells at the surface of the skin.
Many men who are not ideal candidates for contouring treatments such as tummy tucks and liposuction are perfect candidates for nonsurgical fat reduction. Furthermore, many men require only one treatment to effectively zap excess fat and remove it for good.
Ready to Change Yourself for the Better?
Unfortunately, even today, there remains a lot of stigma around male plastic surgery. There is a predominant public perception that only women get cosmetic procedures performed. Furthermore, this stigma says that males who are interested in body contouring or wrinkle and scar elimination are excessively vain.
The truth is that a growing number of men are becoming comfortable with plastic surgery — both invasive and noninvasive, surgical and nonsurgical. For these men, cosmetic procedures are about boosting confidence and improving wellbeing and quality of life.
Like women, men should feel comfortable investing in the improvement of their skin and bodies. There’s nothing that says only women can care about the way they look.
If you’re a man who’s interested in changing yourself for the better and investing in a nonsurgical procedure that will help boost your confidence and increase your self-esteem, contact us today. Dr. Sieber is a board-certified plastic surgeon, well-known and highly respected in San Francisco and Bay Area. He can help you achieve the body and face you’ve dreamed of, using the most cutting edge, effective methods possible.
Call today to book your consultation appointment!