Men are increasingly seeking non-surgical anti-aging treatments to improve their physical appearance. Compared to 10 years ago, the number of men seeking More and more, men are seeking aesthetic medical treatments to improve the way they look. Compared to 10 years ago, the number of men seeking aesthetic enhancements have increased by manyfold.
There are, however, significant differences between treatments for men and treatments for women. While features like a V-shaped face, arched eyebrows and full cheeks make a woman look more feminine and youthful, the same features will look unattractive and odd in men.
We talk to Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, Medical Director of Radium Medical Aesthetics to get some insights on the most popular treatments men are seeking in 2019.
Enhancement of the lower face
A strong, defined jawline makes a man look masculine, attractive and youthful. Unfortunately, we loose our jawline contours with age. Skin sagging creates jowls, while fat accumulation under the chin produces an unsightly double chin.
Ultherapy helps to tighten skin and lift the jowls, while burning away excess fat in the double chin through the use of micro-focused ultrasound treatments to stimulate collagen. Some doctors combine Ultherapy with Radiesse fillers. Radiesse is a collagen-stimulating dermal fillers that promote collagen production. It allows doctors to add definition and sculpt a new, masculine and attractive jawline.
Radiesse can also be injected into the chin to achieve a more projected face. Asian men often have a “weak chin” which is receded or too short. In men, a square, broad and projected chin is attractive and masculine.
Enhancement of the mid-face
Strong, defined cheekbones are attractive and masculine, while sagging cheeks make a man look tired and old. When cheeks sag due to aging, they create nasolabial folds next to the mouth, adding to the impression of tiredness. For this reason, cheek lifting is one of the most important treatments that can refresh a men’s appearance, taking years off his face. Thread lifts and Ellanse fillers are the treatments that allow doctors to address the concern.
A non-surgical facelift can be achieved with suspension threads. There are many types available, such as silhouette soft and Happy Lift, and the Korean PDO thread lifts. A combination of threads is sometimes needed to achieve the best cheek lift.
The male beauty enhancement for the mid-face is completed with the injection of sculpting fillers such as Ellanse, a semi-permanent filler which lasts 2 -3 years. The emphasis is not to create the feminine “apple cheeks”, but to strengthen the cheekbones, and to replace lost cheek volume. A skilled doctor is required to do this properly.
Reduce appearance of tired-looking eyes
Eyebags make a man look tired and old. Hence, eyebag reduction is one of the most common requests in recent times. The undereye area is extremely delicate, requiring a combination of treatments to improve. Tightening lasers are needed to improve fine lines and sagging skin. This is followed by hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane Vital to fill in aging defects and hydrate the skin, and Ultherapy high intensity focused ultrasound treatment to melt excess fat in the eyebags.
Eyebag reduction is one of the most challenging areas. Many things can go wrong, and hence a careful, stepwise approach is necessary.
Non-Surgical Nose Enhancement
Asian men often have a problem with a flat nose, and rounded nose tip. Hence, nose augmentation is a very popular treatment amongst men. Nose thread lift and dermal fillers can be used to improve nose bridge height, and even reshape the nose to make the nose tip look smaller.
Traditionally, fillers were used very often to enhance the nose. However, too much is often injected to make the nose look broad and unnatural- the “Avatar nose” (named after the blue aliens in the movie). Hence, a combination approach is sometimes required. Using fillers and nose threads, it is possible to achieve better and more natural results.
It is important to emphasize that nose augmentation is one of the most dangerous aesthetic medical procedures. Blindness can occur in untrained hands. Always have an extensive conversation an experienced doctor before undergoing the procedure.
Medical aesthetic treatments have come a long way for men. There are many options now available. With improved techniques using a combination approach, we can not only restore the youthfulness of a man, but also enhance a man’s facial features to make him look more attractive, and masculine.