Spa Review – May/June 2004
Men’s Move to aesthetic surgery
Men are turning to aesthetic surgery in far greater numbers these days, according to New York’s Dr. Philip Miller.
Dr. Miller’s name tends to come up when facial plastic surgery is mentioned. He has a large private practice and an Associate Professorship at New York University, but that is only the beginning of his activities, which range from providing surgery to victims of spousal abuse to establishing a Center for Rejuvenation in Manhattan this summer.
Dr. Miller sees a number of factors behind the very strong rise in the numbers of men choosing aesthetic surgery recently. He says the trend is partly based on increasing competition in the workplace, as people want to appear more alert and youthful. In addition, the increase in male-oriented magazines like Men’s Health play a role, as do new products, with Neutrogena and a whole host of others bringing out lines for men. The noninvasive techniques available are also encouraging men to undergo procedures that have no significant recovery time.
"Men are more comfortable with such issues today," he says. "They are giving themselves permission to work on their appearance beyond the gym, and elegance and attention to appearance are not synonymous with being part of the gay community. I think the show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy has done all of us a favor. Men see it’s OK to be straight and care about aesthetics."
Does this mean men are becoming vain? Dr. Miller says no. "I, personally, think aesthetic surgery is something people are attracted to not because of ego or because the media is pushing them to it, but through an inherent aesthetic urge that is expressed in the arts and has been suppressed in its application as an individual statement among men. All humans have this aesthetic impulse, and no other animals do; no other species has an appreciation of art," he states.
What sort of procedures are the men choosing? Men go for Botox and for soft tissue fillers like collagen and Restylane [a filler developed in Sweden with less likelihood of causing allergic reaction than those based on bovine products]. They fill up depressions or even out deep folds. They also seek Intense Pulse Light treatments for rosacea and to correct pore size and sun damage. It is this sort of non-invasive treatment that allows them to just go back to work without anyone knowing anything beyond the fact that they look good.
… aesthetic surgery is now less of a status symbol, more of a private affair than it used to be.
en also seek eyelid surgery to give alertness and a youthful appearance, although Dr. Miller doesn’t care for brow lifts on men, since he thinks they generally look better and more masculine with a lower brow line.
Other preferred treatments include liposuction around the neck area, under the chin and jaw. "Men choose chin implants, which extend the jaw further forward," Dr. Miller notes. "Often men with goatees are giving the illusion of a more prominent jawline, and with liposuction and chin implants they can shave and have a strong line.
The men who book Dr. Miller’s services are typically from their late 20s all the way into the late 50s, and the age level is moving upward." We are not living so much longer; we’re living a little longer," he says, "but the real revolution is in the extraordinary quality of life. We are living so much more actively, so much more fully. I wouldn’t want to live into my 70s in the way my grandfather did, and men who feel young and vital want their appearance to match it."
Dr. Miller said aesthetic surgery is now less of a status symbol, more of a private affair than it used to be. Similarly, men feel it is legitimate to choose all sorts of options for improving their appearance; Dr. Miller sees the attitude changing from a roundabout approach to a straightforward appointment for procedures. "Just as working on health and body tone is acceptable, now aesthetic surgery is acceptable," he adds.
Dr. Miller’s Center for Rejuvenation in Manhattan will expand on his work, with the techniques and strategies that go with getting aesthetic surgery taught in such a way that they can be applied to life.
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