We asked our TA Mag Male Grooming Expert, Model and TV personality Stephen Handisides to give us insight into global male trends and what women want from their men.
Male cosmetic surgeries are on the rise. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons says 4,614 plastic surgeries were carried out on guys in 2015 alone, with almost 1,000 going under the knife for eyelid surgery.
That’s up on 4,042 in 2014, with 849 eye surgeries – and 2,440 10 years ago in 2005.
But while it’s on trend for ‘tweaks’ reflects the way we feel in 2016 about full plastic surgery. It seems increasingly extreme to go for a full face lift. In fact, for men who are feeling that a good night’s sleep and some eye cream are no longer cutting it, going under the knife at all is now unnecessary.
We look at the windtunnel facelifts of the 80s and 90s and thank god we didn’t have to be the guinea pigs for those pioneer doctors.
Luckily, it’s 2016 and for those of us who want to, we don’t have to go as far as surgery; there isn’t much that can’t be done with injectable treatments like fillers and Botox.
Whether you want to adjust the shape of your nose, strengthen a jawline that’s started to head south, or get rid of eye bags that give away one too many late nights, dermal fillers might be just the trick. But knowing where to start with all this is a tricky business.
Here are the basics to get you started:
Botox and fillers are not the same thing
There’s a lot of bad information out there about dermal fillers and botulinum toxin (aka Botox). People often think of them as the same thing but they’re very different. Botox works by disrupting the neurotransmitters that make the muscles in your face move, which relaxes your wrinkles, whereas fillers put a bit of volume back into your face to smooth out lines, and can even change the shape of your face slightly.
Aesthetic doctors Dr Sarah Tonks, who practices at a top London clinic The Lovely Clinic, and Dr Maryam Zamani from Cadogan Clinic both say that the most common treatments currently requested by men are under eye rejuvenation to look less tired and fillers around the jawline for a more ‘chiseled’ look.
Fillers cost from around £300 to £450 in the clinics mentioned here.
In fact, the days of the shiny ‘alien’ forehead caused by too much Botox may be behind us – as practitioners are increasingly advising the use of fillers to create a more youthful look rather than paralyzing parts of the face to smooth out the wrinkles.
‘I hardly ever treat the forehead on men with Botox,’ says TA Mag expert Dr Tonks. ‘It’s common to leave the crow’s feet and forehead alone in general, and turn to fillers to slightly restructure the face.’
There are dermal fillers designed specifically for men
There are dozens of different dermal fillers on the market, and there have been a few launched recently that are designed especially for the guys. ‘They have a higher percentage of hyaluronic acid in them, which makes them a little more robust,’ explains Dr Tonks.
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But whether or not you actually need a men’s filler depends on what you want treated. ‘I would say they’re not necessary for the cheeks, but when you’re trying to make a more masculine jawline they can be very helpful,’ says Dr Tonks.
Dr Vincent Wong, who uses Intraline filler for men in his London clinic, says: ‘The focus should be on understanding the differences in how men and women lose volume in their faces, which is different.
It’s about enhancing the male features while maintaining the masculine appearance.’
You can have something subtle
No one wants to leave their dermatologist looking like they’ve over cooked it. A puffy, shiny and immobile face is not the look you’re going for, I’m guessing. ‘Some men want to keep some of their lines, which is easy to do because men generally have stronger facial muscles so sometimes more botulinum toxin is needed to create no movement,’ explains DrZamani.
MEET THE EXPERT
Do you have a question for Stephen Handisides or Dr Sarah Tonks? Email them atASK@totallyaesthetic.com or to find your nearest clinic simply fill in our online patient enquiry form www.totallyaesthetic.com/enquiry
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