Dr. Bray received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Toronto in 1994, attaining his Master's degree in the Surgical Scientist Program with an emphasis in plastic surgery. In 2001, Dr. Bray became a board-certified member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He's also an active member of the surgical staff at the Toronto Western Hospital and an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He provides the most innovative and cutting edge surgical techniques using the best technologies available today. Dr. Bray is well-regarded as being committed to the safety and well being of patients and firmly believes in a hands-on approach, personally administering every aspect of your care from consultation to recovery. The result is a natural, perfectly countoured treatment that will make you feel like a new person. HAROLD asked him a few questions about the current plastic surgery trends and procedures and what plastic surgery treatments are popular for men, to give you a better insight into this world.
How popular is plastic surgery among men?
Plastic surgery for men has steadily grown in popularity over the last 10-15 years. While women still outnumber men by a fair margin, statistics suggest that the number of men seeking plastic surgery has increased by over 350% since the year 2000.
In my own practice I have seen a large increase in the number of male clients; they now comprise about 40% of my patients compared to less than 10% a few years ago.
What are the top plastic surgery trends in 2017? Have they changed in recent years?
The trend now and over the last few years has been toward more non-invasive and minimally-invasive treatments. While less powerful than formal surgical treatments, men value these less-invasive options that offer natural-looking results with minimal downtime and recovery. Stalwarts like Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers are still increasing in popularity as are skin rejuvenation and non-surgical fat reduction technologies.
Are they any new plastic surgery procedures or techniques for men?
Non-surgical fat reduction, as mentioned above, has improved in effectiveness over the last few years. CoolSculpting(TM) is now the most popular technology and offers the value of modest fat reduction without surgery or downtime, a good option for those men who don't want or need the more powerful results of liposuction.
While removing fat by liposuction still remains very popular, many men are choosing to transfer this fat to other body areas in order to build or enhance shape. This "fat injection" technique can be used for facial rejuvenation, to fill hollow cheeks and soften lines. It can also be used in other body areas to enhance shape or bulk, such as the pecs or calves.
Can you explain what body countouring is? Is it a popular procedure for men?
Body contouring describes any procedure intended to change body shape. The most common example is the reduction of stubborn fat deposits using liposuction, a very popular treatment in my practice. In men the top target areas are the breasts and chest, abdomen, and love handles. The best candidates for liposuction are not overweight or obese, but are men at a healthy weight seeking improvement in areas unresponsive to diet and exercise.
Do you have any advice for men considering plastic surgery?
Men should realize that plastic surgery is not a substitute for a good lifestyle; I recommend that men work to attain a stable, healthy, sustainable weight prior to considering surgery. They should also stop smoking and address important health issues like hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Assuming a man is a good candidate for surgery from a medical standpoint, it is vital he has realistic expectations as to the outcome. Your surgeon will help clarify what can and what cannot realistically be achieved with surgery. For example, no amount of surgery can turn Danny DeVito into David Beckham.
I advise him to understand that plastic surgery, while cosmetic in nature, is "real" surgery with potential for risks and complications. In addition, he must allow time for full recovery before engaging in regular work, exercise and other activities. Your surgeon will review the recovery process in detail and I urge men to follow the post-operative instructions completely.
Peter W. Bray, MD, MSc, FRCS(C)
Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon
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