Men, it turns out, are just as conscious about their image as women. Social Media and teleconference apps like Zoom place the face and body on daily display, often in unflattering light. When you combine this with the fact that men are retiring later and wanting to stay vital in the workplace, it explains why aesthetic procedures for men remain on the rise. However, the way that I approach a male patient is different than how I approach my female patients.
Men and Plastic Surgery
First, there are genetic differences when it comes to treating a man. For instance, men have thicker skin than women. Second, men desire a different aesthetic such as a broad, flat chest. They also never want to look like they’ve had anything done. This means that, in general, men don’t mind a few wrinkles on the face. It makes them look rugged. Last, men do not like a lot of muss and fuss. This makes them much more likely to desire a non-surgical solution to their issues as opposed to a surgical one. It is my job to make certain that the procedure you think you want is actually the best one to deliver on your goals. This is why I always encourage my male patients to book an in-person or virtual consultation. It is the best way for me to assess your needs, anatomy and desired outcome.
Most Popular Body Contouring Procedures for Men
One of the most common reasons for a man to come in to see me is because he is unhappy with his body contour. As we age, it is very common to develop stubborn pockets of fat that are often resistant to diet and exercise. These bulges can develop anywhere on the body, but the most common treatment areas for men in my practice are the:
- Chest/Male Breasts
- Under the Chin
Coolsculpting® is a very effective, non-surgical procedure for reducing fat. I’ve been using it successfully for years on my male patients. What is exciting today is that I will often combine it with CoolTone™, a new technology that uses electromagnetic stimulation to build muscle tone. One session of CoolTone™ on your abdomen is equivalent to doing 1,000 sit ups.
Patient Selection is Key
The key, however, to an exemplary result with non-surgical body contouring procedures is patient selection. The ideal Coolsculpting® patient needs to be at or near his ideal weight. And while CoolTone™ can etch muscles that already exist, it is not a substitute for a regular exercise regime. Another thing to consider is that any non-surgical body contouring procedure is going to require multiple treatments, spaced 6-8 weeks apart. And, if you have a large degree of fat, you are probably going to be better served with liposuction. Yes, it requires some downtime, but it’s a one and done procedure. It also allows me to really sculpt your body into it’s ideal contour.
So, if something is bothering you when you look in the mirror, come in and talk to me. I will always be upfront with you about what I can and can not accomplish. The fact that I am a man who works in a field that places a premium on image makes me uniquely qualified to treat my male patients. I understand the male psyche, and am always sensitive about balancing your need for subtly and ease with a procedure that will actually deliver results.