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Do men care less than women about how they look? There may be a commonly shared belief that this is true, but the numbers of men seeking facial cosmetic surgery and other anti-ageing procedures today are increasing rapidly. It seems that men don’t wish to appear tired or older than they are. And in Toronto, cosmetic surgery consultations for eyelid surgery, facelifts, and injectables have skyrocketed. There’s even a popular term coined just for men undergoing wrinkle-reducing injectables: Brotox.
How widespread is male cosmetic enhancement? In the U.S. last year, 1.3 million procedures on men were recorded by plastic surgeons. The numbers have increased greatly in the past two decades.
Guys who are new to this world and want to navigate their best options may need a few expert tips to help guide them. After all, there’s a deluge of information surrounding cosmetic surgery in Toronto online, and not all of it is accurate or geared toward men. We’ve gathered a few tips we think are useful for male patients in particular as they seek to look and feel like their most vibrant selves.
1. First, have you considered non-surgical options?
For plenty of people, the term “plastic surgery” conjures vague images of tight faces, and people aren’t exactly sure what’s involved. Men, in particular, may not be aware of all the many customizable and less invasive options available today.
As we begin to lose collagen and elastin over the years, skin naturally creases, sags, and looks less healthy through no fault of our own. Men who are staying in the workforce longer than before and want to keep that competitive edge need to take great care of their skin. There are a few ways that their local cosmetic surgeon can help.
Medical-grade skin care
Injectables for men
Dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid are natural gels that hold water and fill in depressed, hollowed areas or deep lines. Through a fine needle or cannula, filler can be placed in the cheeks, laugh lines, and jawline to build a more angular, confident look or to soften deep folds and lift the midface. Fillers are useful under the eyes to remove shadows and hide bags. Need to look rested? You’d be surprised by what fillers can do. The results last an average of 6 to 9 months with some types staying put longer. Talk to your Toronto cosmetic surgeon about a combination of injectables to refresh your face without surgery.
2. You’ll need to do some homework
Flashy marketing is enough to grab attention, but don’t let that be the only reason you select a particular Toronto clinic for cosmetic surgery. You’ll need to gather intelligence about the particular procedure you want and determine whether a particular practitioner has experience in that area specifically. You can find excellent surgeons renowned for stellar breast augmentation results, but for the man seeking eyelid surgery, those doctors may not be the best. Read their credentials and what they say in their own words about their particular, chosen specialties. Facial cosmetic surgeons such as Dr. Cory Torgerson have extensive surgical training in head and neck procedures plus advanced cosmetic surgery techniques for the face. Surgeons who are Royal College-certified in Canada have passed rigorous oral and written exams and are accountable to ongoing education and strict practice requirements. You’ll want to visit someone experienced in treating men often. Male facial anatomy and the usual desired interventions are unique to them. The more you work in a specific area, the better you become, and this holds true for cosmetic surgery.
Due to privacy restrictions, you may need to see photo examples of surgery results in the office, but you can read reviews, read detailed information about their training and practice history, and then set up an appointment to meet in person. It’s highly recommended that you visit at least one cosmetic surgeon in person to talk about your goals and ask questions before making a decision. The purpose of such appointments is to learn everything you need to know about the procedure, possible outcomes, and recovery and to get a good feel of the surgeon as a person. Trusting your gut is fine here. Even if someone checks all the right boxes, trust your instinct if you feel rushed, don’t have your questions answered, or don’t feel comfortable with their bedside manner. It’s essential that you feel at ease, because not only the skillful surgery but the aftercare as well are vital to your experience. You’ll be getting to know this man or woman much better as you plan your treatment and then visit for follow-up appointments. Go with someone who makes you feel comfortable and stands out as a leader in their field.
3. Plan to rest and take care of your health after Toronto cosmetic surgery procedures
You may be a tough guy who never stops at the grind, works hard, plays hard, etc. We applaud that – but not after surgery! It can be challenging for both men and women to slow down and recover well after undergoing a procedure. If you live a busy lifestyle or rarely take time off work, it might be considered a drawback of surgery that you need to temporarily alter this. We promise that the benefits to you and the long-term insurance for results will be well worth it.
All the restrictions might feel, well . . . restrictive. But if you’re investing your time and finances into physical, aesthetic improvements, you’ll want to heed medical advice, plan for that time off, and really allow yourself the most from your treatment. Plan to have some great movies, books, or enriching but relaxing activities on hand. Ask friends or family for help if you need household cleaning, pet care, or other tasks done. Everybody deserves a break, including you. We suggest you take this time to recharge, set some goals, enjoy de-stressing, and plan to get back stronger and better than ever before.