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More Men Getting Botox and Brow Lifts

Procedures such as eyebrow lifts and eyelid lifts, which rejuvenate how guys look and feel, are becoming more and more accepted among men. In fact, in 2012, eyelid surgery was the second most popular plastic surgery among males with 29,050 men undergoing the surgery that year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. [Source: Fox13now.com]

“The reason that they state when they come in is that they need to look their best in a competitive job market,” said Cori Agarwal, M.D., a plastic surgeon with University of Utah Health Care. “Sometimes they’re competing with people who are 10 years younger than them, and they want to look more youthful.”

While more men are getting plastic surgery — men make up 15 percent of patients nationwide — many men still don’t realize all the options that exist to help boost their confidence and freshen up their countenance.

“I think people sometimes think that cosmetic surgery is just for looking good, but it’s really for quality of life,” Agarwal said. “It’s for feeling comfortable in your body and looking on the outside like you feel on the inside.”

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In an eyelid lift — or blepharoplasty — a surgeon removes some of the hanging skin on the upper eyelid that drapes over the brow down toward the eyelashes.

Often, an eyebrow lift is done in conjunction with an eyelid lift, and it can be performed one of two ways.

“One way is a traditional open brow lift with scars that can be longer within the hairline, and then there’s something called an endoscopic brow lift where we make very small, about half-inch, incisions,” Agarwal said. “Using a small instrument, we raise up the tissue right around the eyebrow so it doesn’t sag over the orbital rim.”

The procedure has two effects. One is that it makes people look more refreshed, like they’ve gotten a good night’s sleep.

“The second thing is some people say that it helps their vision because the brows and the eyelid skin can droop down and actually obstruct some of their vision, like while they’re driving or if they’re trying to look up,” Agarwal said.

Neither surgery is particularly painful, although bruising can be visible for 1 to 3 weeks depending on how easily a person bruises. Agarwal said after one week, bruising can be hidden with makeup.

The one thing about men, unfortunately, is that they don’t usually want to use makeup products to hide bruises,” Agarwal said. “If the man was willing to use some camouflage, he could go back to work within one week.”

Men are also increasingly receiving Botox injections, which relax facial muscles, specifically the muscles that create frowns and furrowed brows. Often, men are told they look like they’re angry or tense, and Botox can give a man a more relaxed, unworried appearance. Agarwal said men often get introduced to Botox after a wife or girlfriend has seen positive results, and they realize it’s something they can utilize too.

Another popular plastic surgery — it came in third among men in 2012 — is liposuction. Trouble spots for men include the stubborn love handles and lower belly. Downtime is short, just three days to a week, because incisions are so small.

“There are parts of their body they can’t change despite a really good lifestyle,” Agarwal said. “They can diet, they can exercise, they can wear sunscreen, but there’s certain parts of their body they can’t change. Men should feel like there are choices for them.”

Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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