“The taboo of male plastic surgery is all but dead,” according to Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Sheila Nazarian. While you might have been told otherwise, trying to look good doesn’t make you less of man. In fact, it can actually make you look more masculine — if that is the look you are going for, that is. It’s a competitive world out there, whether you are trying to get a promotion at work or trying to get a date. And whether you like it or not, it’s a young person’s world. Still, having plastic surgery isn’t about really looking younger; it’s about looking like the best version of yourself.
According to a survey from RealSelf, which is an aesthetic procedure information website with reviews, a directory of board certified doctors, before-and-after pictures, forums, and so much more, the most popular procedures for men are contingent upon their age group. Younger men are more interested in cosmetic dentistry and rhinoplasty, but as they age, men become more interested in hair transplants, tummy tucks, and eyelid surgery.
However, while men choose to have some of the same procedures that women do, they do not often communicate about it in the same way. While women talk about plastic surgery with everyone from their manicurist to their mother, men aren’t quite as vocal. This is why sites like RealSelf are so helpful. It’s a one-stop shop for information and conversation. The site even has board certified doctors who will answer questions for free. Truthfully, as important as it is to read reviews and look at pictures, nothing can really replace the advice of a board certified physician. And if you aren’t sure what you want to do or if you are ready to book a consultation, this resource is a great first step.
The next step is to choose a doctor. Check out the directory on RealSelf and read the reviews. Dr. Nazarian also offers up a priceless tip that all men should keep in mind, “I think it is really important for men to find a conservative plastic surgeon. For example, I take out less tissue during eyelid and facelift surgeries on men. The last think I want to do is feminize a man by pulling too tight. Also, it is really important to find a surgeon that is going to give them a natural look… that goes for men and women! So ask for male before and afters and make sure your surgeon’s aesthetic matches your goals.”
At your consultation, do not be afraid to ask questions. If you aren’t 100% sure about the procedure or the physician, book a consultation with a different one. You should be totally comfortable and all-in when you make a decision.
If you are looking for a permanent way to change the things you do not like about yourself, you shouldn’t be. You might not realize how many men are going under the knife. At Sheila Nazarian’s office, “More men are definitely coming into my office for surgery. More and more every year.” If you have been considering a procedure, but hesitant to take the first steps, Dr. Nazarian also makes a good case for getting work done, “Life is short. Get the look you want.” If you can look your best, why shouldn’t you? Ignore the vanity factor for just one second. Taking care of something that bothers you like bags under your eyes, a receding hairline, or love handles will make you feel more confident in yourself, which can improve your life immensely. It’s not simply about looking better; plastic surgery is about feeling your best.