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Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Skin & Laser Center

July 2017

What are you waiting for gents?

Stress, sun, beer (sorry, but it’s true) and time take a toll on our faces (and bodies). There are many options to both prevent and treat the changes brought on by these factors. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions and concerns for male patients.

1.       How can I treat the fine lines, age spots and redness of my face?

Good skin care is essential to both prevent and treat these concerns. Skincare should start with a retinol and a vitamin C (topically) followed by sunscreen. These three agents will both slow down the aging process and improve the skin texture. In addition, Botox and Dysport, will help soften lines around your eyes, brow and forehead. Botox and Dysport are neuromodulators which suppress muscle activity and reduce the strain on your tissues. Treatments are typically three months apart and the cost varies based on the degree of muscle suppression desired and the number of areas treated.  Try your first 20 units on us!

 The addition of retinol and vitamin C to your regimen will certainly help decrease sunspots and redness but they will not eliminate them. To treat these concerns completely, a more aggressive resurfacing will likely be needed and possibly light therapy. Certain prescription agents can further reduce the redness depending on the cause.

2.       My double chin makes me look heavier than I am. Is there anything I can do for this?

You are not alone with this concern! Over one-third of the population feels the same. A heavy neck not only makes you seem heavier but it also camouflages the chin making your profile look weak. Treatments for this concern range from non-surgical (Kybella) to surgical, either a neck liposuction or a necklift. A consultation with a surgeon will help you determine what treatment will best correct the concern.  Please see our prior post on Kybella to learn more about this injectable treatment.

3.       Can I still look natural with these treatments?

Yes! No one in our region has any interest in an artificial look. Our goal is to provide change without drawing attention. This applies for both surgical and non-surgical procedures. Often a combination of procedures will provide the best and most natural outcome.

 It is important you seek out a provider with experience in treating the male face. The shape and structure of a male face is different from that of a woman. Practitioners who do not frequently treat men may over-feminize the face without that being the intent.

4.       It’s not my face but my chest and abdomen that bother me. What are options for this?

Body contouring is common among male patients. Procedures range from liposuction, lipo-etching (creating the appearance of abs), abdominoplasty and gynecomastia treatment. Most of these procedures can be performed with limited downtime.  A consultation with a surgeon is the most appropriate way to learn more about options to make you more comfortable with your body.

What Our Patients Are Asking About Facial Enhancement Procedures

What are the best alternatives to a face lift?

Generally, there are no equal substitutes.  Every alternative does something different. A facelift tightens the skin of the face and neck as you might do with your fingers by gently pulling back towards your ears. This takes away excess skin and most wrinkles but doesn’t alter the actual texture of the skin. Injectable fillers can fill out indentations or creases but can’t compete with facelift with regard to tightening or restoring more youthful lines. >BOTOX® Cosmetic simply stops the undesirable creases associated with some facial expressions.

What is the best treatment for under eye wrinkles?

When very subtle, these lines might respond to topical creams. For more severe lines especially when associated with bulging and excess skin, surgical options include blepharoplasty and laser skin resurfacing.

What’s the difference between popular wrinkle fillers? There are so may “wrinkle fillers” like Restylane, Juvederm, etc.  How can I pick the right one?

Restylane and JUVÉDERM are very similar products manufactured by two different companies. It’s generally a question of personal preference. Fillers can differ in how long they last and how effective they are for different areas.  What’s effective for lip enlargement might not be best for a crease.