Putting your best face forward
The most common men’s plastic surgery procedures include rhinoplasties
to reshape the nose and blepharoplasties to awaken the eyes. Generally, women’s skin is thinner than men’s skin. So, the effects of aging may be noticeable earlier among female patients; for instance, women may have visible crow’s feet around their eyes starting in the mid-20s. Men may not notice such effects for another 5 to 10 years. While the effects of aging show up later, a man’s face, changes can be dramatic; for example, large, thick furrows around the eyes may need to be improved with a surgical eyelift. Often, Edmund Kwan, MD’s male patients first notice deep frown lines on the forehead. A brow lift
combined with blepharoplasty corrects bags or furrows above and under the eyes.
Likewise, nonsurgical treatments like Botox
prevent expression lines from arising or minimize the appearance of existing wrinkles. Injectable Botox relaxes the muscles; they can’t contract and make worry or frown lines.
Symmetry is a characteristic shared by attractive men and attractive women. Yet, Dr. Kwan knows the differences between characteristics male patients generally covet versus those female patients perceive as desirable. Likewise, men tend to have comparatively stronger ligaments and supportive tissues, larger faces and bulkier necks, and more vascular skin than women, and male patients frequently request more rugged features, such as:
- Prominent brow ridges
- Deep-set eyes
- Squared-off and angular jaws
- Heavier jawlines
These results may be achieved with a needle or scalpel. Injectable dermal fillers
add volume in the tear troughs and upper cheek, correcting a gaunt or hollowed-out appearance. Dr. Kwan can also inject a small quantity of fat into sunken upper eyelids or the lower eyelid region where prominent wrinkles form. Patients also benefit from simulated results of facial procedures, courtesy of the Vectra 3D imaging system
, as well as Dr. Kwan’s extensive experience with patients representing a diverse array of ethnic backgrounds.