Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
Cosmetic procedures are quickly becoming more popular and commonplace for the male population. Men are seeking these procedures to look younger and rejuvenated and feel more confident about their appearance. With the advancement of the associated technologies and techniques used, it is possible now to achieve results from these procedures with less downtime and to achieve more natural-looking results.
What options are available for men?
There are various options available for men to address various cosmetic concerns. Our goal with male rejuvenation is to achieve an improvement in appearance naturally, and without compromising masculinity.
Cosmetic rejuvenation procedures for men include the following;
Anti-wrinkle injections – these injections help to relax the muscles in the face that generate excessive wrinkling when contracted. This procedure can be performed discretely with no recovery period required. Our goal with this treatment for men is to allow for natural expressions and some wrinkling. A degree of wrinkling, that is not excessive, is considered normal for men.
Dermal fillers – can be used to enhance and rejuvenate the face by adding or replacing volume. They are generally made of substances that naturally occur in the skin (e.g hyaluronic acid, collagen). As we age, volume is lost in the face, for example in the cheeks. Dermal fillers can help to replace this lost volume. Another use for dermal fillers in men is to rebalance facial features, for example, a chin can be enhanced to rebalance the face, or a nose can be straightened with fillers. It is important that when using fillers in men, that features are not over-enhanced and that the results are subtle.
Laser treatments – can be used to treat various skin conditions and to reverse the effects of accumulated sun exposure. Brown spots, broken capillaries, wrinkles, tattoos and acne scarring can be treated with various lasers. Laser hair removal is also a popular procedure for men to help more permanently remove hair. Men tend to treat areas such as the back, chest, abdomen, and beard. Laser hair removal for the beard is often performed to reduce shaving rash. At Victorian Cosmetic Institute, we have a wide variety of lasers, each specific to a certain treatment. This allows us to choose a laser that is specific to your concerns and skin type.
Skin care – is a important part of keeping the skin healthy and revitalised in both men and women. Topical retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A that help to turnover skin, reverse sun damage, and to help the skin maintain a healthy glow. Sunscreens are also of key importance in the prevention of skin ageing and skin cancers.
Liposuction – can be of assistance to help remove fat from areas that diet and exercise cannot address. Our shape is predominantly genetically determined. Typically men tend to accumulate fat in areas such as the chin, chest, abdomen, and love handles. Liposuction can help to address these areas
Gynaecomastia (man boobs) – is a common problem that affects many men. Enlargement of the chest area can be due to excessive fat or glandular tissue there. The first step is to determine which is the case. This can be done by blood tests (to test hormone levels) as well as an ultrasound. If fatty tissue is the problem, this can be treated with liposuction. Glandular tissue however, often indicates an underlying hormonal problem, and may require surgery to remove.
(from A Current Affair story)
David is a 39 year old male about to celebrate his 40th birthday at the time of these treatments. He was concerned about his skin and wanted to freshen up his face whilst still looking natural. He works in the fitness industry as well as being an actor.
The before and after photos are spaced approximately 10 days apart. He had (one the same day), anti-wrinkle injections to his frown, crows feet, and forehead, and dermal filler type JU (2 syringes in total) to his cheeks. Radiesse, a calcium based dermal filler, was also injected into his nose to straighten a deviation of his nose to the right. Finally, he had fractional carbon dioxide laser to his face. This was performed at low energy settings, and the recovery was approximately 5 days. A picture during the recovery phase (day 3) was taken.
Why choose Victorian Cosmetic Institute as you provider of cosmetic procedures?
Victorian Cosmetic Institute’s doctors are highly experienced providers of cosmetic procedures and understand the differences between male and female rejuvenation.
Making that first phone call can be a confronting task – many of our patients have preferred filling out our online enquiry form. We can then contact you with an understanding of the results you are hopeful of achieving and ensure the treatment is appropriate.
Otherwise, you can phone us directly on 1300 863 824.