Beyond BOTOX®: Popular Nonsurgical Treatments for Men

As I’ve previously stated in my BOTOX® for men blog post, the market for nonsurgical cosmetic treatments for men is absolutely booming right now. The number of cosmetic operations performed annually on men has increased 325% since 1997. Though that figure includes surgical procedures, the market for nonsurgical cosmetic treatments for men alone exceeded $5 billion in the US last year. Regardless of past notions or attitudes, these kinds of cosmetic procedures have just become part of the routine for anyone striving to show their best self to the world.

Beyond BOTOX® Popular Nonsurgical Treatments for MenSculpSure™

Sculpsure™ fat reduction and similar treatments for men accounted for $232 million in procedures last year alone. Sculpsure™ is FDA-approved and perfect for guys looking to get rid of stubborn fat quickly and effectively. Due to their non-invasive nature, Sculpsure™ treatments are quick, cause only minimal pain and require no downtime for recovery. During treatment, a laser heats the fat cells causing them to detach from body tissue. Results may be seen as soon as 6 weeks following treatment.

Other FDA-Approved Facial Fillers

Facial fillers for men accounted for an astonishing $2.7 billion in the US in 2015. While BOTOX® and similar injections accounted for roughly half of that, there are a plethora of other available products and treatments for men to choose from including:

Restylane® – A treatment designed to reduce deep facial wrinkles and remove facial lines. Perfect for any guy trying restore volume, smooth away the appearance of facial lines and rejuvenate skin. Composed of specially synthesized hyaluronic acid, a compound naturally occurring in the body, Restylane® is both safe natural.

Juvederm® – A facial filler produced from hyaluronic acid, similar to Restylane®. Perfect for treating deeper wrinkles on the face or areas that have lost volume due to age. Results typically last up to 6 months.

Dysport® – Developed as an alternative to BOTOX®. Dysport® works by injecting a highly purified protein into the face, which relaxes the facial muscles and leaves you with smoother, replenished skin. While Dysport® is used primarily for the treatment of wrinkles caused by expression lines, ask your healthcare provider if it can be used for treatment of migraines, eye and neck muscle spasms and excessive armpit sweating.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal is perfect for any guy who wants to achieve a smooth, hairless body without the pains of constantly shaving or waxing. Last year men in the US spent roughly $289 million on such treatments, a figure that is steadily increasing annually. Laser hair removal uses laser light energy to penetrate the hair shaft, actually killing the hair follicle beneath the skin. Perfect for men interested in removing or reducing hair on back, chest, stomach, shoulders and genital area.

For more info on these or similar products and treatments, contact Southern Plastic Surgery today to set up a complimentary consultation.

You Are Your Biggest Advocate: How to Avoid Botched Botox®

Let me share a story I recently read: a 37-year old woman goes to a plastic surgeon who recommends she try a wrinkle-reduction treatment, Botox®.  She receives treatment below her eyes and in her lips.  Within hours the woman is rushed to the hospital for facial swelling and paralysis.  What was supposed to be a purified form of botulinum toxin A turned out to be none other than snake venom that was meant to be utilized in topical creams.  But as the picture below shows, snake venom is incredibly dangerous when injected into the face and ended up leaving this poor woman’s face paralyzed for an entire year.

Can you imagine not being able to cry, smile or laugh because of a single cosmetic injectable treatment, or any facial plastic surgery procedure for that matter.  This type of scenario unfortunately is not new.  The FDA has been cracking down on Botox® scamming since 2004 when they were called to investigate four separate hospitalizations in Florida after patients were injected with unapproved Botox®.  Physicians are trying to cut corners and are purchasing off-market brands that purport to be Botox® (often coming from foreign countries with labels that aren’t even in English).  It’s not until something tragic happens that it is later revealed that either the doctor never confirmed the product’s legality or simply chose to ignore and warnings of harmful effects clearly written on product labels.

Either way it’s wrong.  As a double board certified plastic surgeon it is my belief that we are meant to practice medicine for the greater cause of our patients; putting safety and well-being first and foremost.    While there are inherent risks associated with every surgical procedure, I want each and every one of you to know that you can help reduce these risks – it just takes being your biggest advocate and taking just a few steps can make all the difference in your safety:

  • Be cautious.  Have you ever heard the saying, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is?  Of course this doesn’t apply to everything, but if when it comes to invasive and non-invasive plastic surgery you get what you pay for.  Do your research on pricing; talk to friends, family or coworkers who may have tried Botox® to get an idea of what treatments generally cost.  Don’t jump at the first option just because you like the price tag.
  • Be proactive. What I mean by this is do your research and ask yourself a lot of questions.  Being a physician doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best at what they do.  When looking for a surgeon make sure you verify their credentials.  Are they board certified in their field of medicine; have they proven to the medical board that they have completed rigorous qualifications in order to attain board certification?  How many patients have they treated with Botox®?   Does the surgeon have excellent before and after photos from previous Botox® patients?  Have those previous patients spoken highly of the surgeon in their reviews?  Lots of things should be considered before you even meet with the surgeon.  Which leads me to recommend that you:
  • Be picky.  Meet with as many surgeons as you feel comfortable meeting.  Consultations are where you can get hard answers with your own ears and eyes.  When you go to the surgeon’s office make sure that the environment itself is clean and in a reputable location (meaning if you end up in a basement with no windows or a dilapidated shopping center, you may want to think twice about choosing that practice).  You have a right to decide who you allow to treat your skin care concerns and this is one instance where being picky is 100% encouraged!

Creating a long-standing relationship with your plastic surgeon, one who you trust and would entrust friends and family to visit as well, is important when helping ensure the best possible cosmetic results.  Sorting through lists of qualified surgeons can seem daunting, but trust me when I say all of the work is worth it.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding Botox®, patient safety or would like to discuss future goals you have for yourself, please don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery.  You can also follow me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more updates and plastic surgery news in the future.

Rhinoplasty FAQs

According to a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), rhinoplasty (nose surgery) was the second most popular facial cosmetic procedure in 2013 with 221,053 procedures performed. A delicate blend of artistry and science, rhinoplasty requires a keen eye and a thorough knowledge of the physiology of the human body. For over 20 years, I’ve placed much importance on achieving long-lasting, natural results tailored to each patient’s aesthetic goals. To help patients learn more about the procedure, I have answered a few frequently asked questions:

Q: Am I a candidate for rhinoplasty?

Liposuction-Tummy-Tuck-Discounts-Atlanta-GAA: Rhinoplasty may be performed on a wide variety of ages and ethnic groups. As with any surgery, parental consent is required for all plastic surgery procedures performed on patients under the age of 18. The ideal candidate should be physically and emotionally healthy, a non-smoker, has fully matured, and has realistic expectations about your physical results before undergoing nose surgery. Patients may elect to have rhinoplasty for several reasons. For some individuals it is a necessary surgery to improve breathing difficulties caused by a birth defect or an injury, and for others it is an elective procedure done to enhance the shape or size of the nose. Whatever the motivation, rhinoplasty can significantly correct the appearance of the nose and, as a result, change the way a patient’s entire face is perceived.

Q: How is rhinoplasty performed?

A: In order to produce the most natural, aesthetically-pleasing rhinoplasty results, I utilize a variety of surgical and non-surgical techniques that are tailored to complement the unique traits for each patient. Traditional rhinoplasty entails implementing a closed or open technique. Closed rhinoplasty requires small incisions to be made inside the nose, while open rhinoplasty requires an additional incision to be made to separate the nostrils. With both techniques, the incisions will be hidden within the natural folds of the nose in order to minimize scarring.

For patients seeking a less invasive procedure, facial fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane® can be used to restore thinning areas that show wrinkles and fine lines with minimal downtime. Fillers can be injected into the tip, base, or bridge of the nose to restore lost volume and straighten the bridge, which produces a more aesthetically-pleasing rhinoplasty result. Those opting for facial fillers to address the nose will require additional injections as the results are not permanent.

Q: Are customized techniques used during rhinoplasty for patients that come from different ethnic backgrounds?

A: I utilize the “implantless rhinoplasty technique” to achieve the best results tailored to complement the different cultural traits among patients of every ethnic background. As an alternative to using artificial materials or silicone implants, I graft my patient’s own skin, bone, and tissue to augment areas of their nose. Using the patient’s own materials significantly reduces the risk of complications and provides a more natural-looking result. Ethnic patients’ nose structures are all different so implants may be ineffective. For example, Hispanic patients have slightly weaker nasal bridges and African-American patients have more fibrous tissue, which both may not effectively support a facial implant.

Q: What aftercare is required following my nose surgery?

A: Following your surgery, a splint or bandages will be placed on the outside to protect the nose, and will be worn for several days. You may also experience some swelling and bruising which will go down within the first few weeks and most patients are able to return to work in about a week. I will provide you specific instructions on how to take care of the surgical site, suggest medications to aid in the healing process, when to make your follow-up appointments, and advise on engaging in physical activity and preserving proper nutrition. I continue to remind my patients that leading a healthy lifestyle is necessary for overall health, and it is essential to maintaining rhinoplasty results.

If you are interested in nose surgery or another procedure I perform, please contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.