FOURTH QUARTER 2001, VOLUME 15, NO 4

What Men Want …with facial plastic surgery

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What Men Want …with facial plastic surgery

When Chemicals Are Good for You ..Types of Peels

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Men are having facial plastic and reconstructive surgery performed at an ever-increasing number. According to a recent survey by Magnet Communications for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, rhinoplasty (surgery of the nose) is the most popular surgical procedure, followed by blepharoplasty (eye surgery). The most popular nonsurgical procedures are microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Are men concerned about their youthful appearance? Why are they seeking surgery and what do these procedures entail?

Rationale

We all want to look younger, both men and women alike. This is the number one reason that patients visit their facial plastic surgeon. Distinct to the male gender, however, is the fact that he sees cosmetic or reconstructive surgery as beneficial to his career. Men are also more apt to cite self-improvement and esteem as one of the top three reasons to have facial plastic surgery. Women put more importance on looking less tired and improving their overall appearance.

“The workplace is competitive,” says Kevin, who recently had a chemical peel. “Doing your job is only half the battle, you have to look the part too. I am in sales and have to sell a product as well as myself. I felt that getting cosmetic surgery would help me clinch the client.” And what was the result after Kevin got the chemical peel? “I received a lot of comments that I seemed more energetic and enthusiastic. Some people could pinpoint my smoother skin, but most did not.” And Kevin admits that his confidence in himself has soared which has benefited his job performance.

Procedure

The plan and extent of any surgery is dependent on the patients’ history and current condition. The following is just a brief synopsis of each procedure.

Rhinoplasty: The shape of your nose has a considerable effect on your visage. If your nose appears too wide, too narrow, crooked, or deformed, you may want to explore rhinoplasty. This procedure can also correct the function of your nose. Small incisions are made through the nostrils to reposition, reconstruct, or shave away the bone or cartilage that frames your nose. For reconstructive surgery or to correct function, the surgery may be more elaborate.

Blepharoplasty: This surgery corrects the puffy, sagging look around your eyes. You can choose to have the top, bottom, or both eyelids done. Blepharoplasty removes excess skin, muscle, and fatty tissue leaving your eyes looking more wide-open, fresh, and youthful. Incisions are made in the natural creases of the lid, which disguises any scars.

Microdermabrasion: This procedure sands away the top layer of skin, causing the layer underneath -smoother and supple – to surface. A high speed rotating brush is used to remove the layers. The size and depth of scars and the degree of wrinkling determine the extent of the surgery.

Chemical Peels: Another skin rejuvenation procedure, the chemical peel involves applying a chemical to the face to remove the outer layer. Peels vary in strength. (See article on peels inside.)

Be a man. Visit your facial plastic surgeon today. After a consultation you will be able to decide what procedure may be right for you.