Boys will be girls
The race is on: the quest for eternal youth, the pursuit of a fuzz-free bod. But it’s no longer just girls in the running, oh no, men want in on the act too.
A recent survey of its members by the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA) confirmed that it’s no longer only women indulging in a bit of lunchtime Botox or laser, more and more men are adding these to their treatment ‘wish list’ than ever before with 20 per cent of Botox injections in Australia going to males.
But what’s brought on this sudden surge in vanity? A desire to step up and emulate the Gossip Girl gang, a less-taboo attitude to male grooming or simply more services on offer, bh spoke to Dr Mary Dingley, Immediate Past President of the CPSA to find out.
Why the increase in men opting for cosmetic procedures Dr Dingley?
It’s a combination of increased availability, awareness and acceptance. It’s no longer a female-only preserve – it’s become very suitable for men to have say, laser hair removal. It’s advertised in men’s magazines, on TV, so men are learning more about it and attitudes are changing – it’s no longer frowned upon.
Who are you seeing having it?
There are two main peaks. Young adults in particular are very aware of treatments such as laser and acne solutions, particularly for acne scarring – treatments such as Fraxel™. But also your 35+ man who’s finding his face has started to look a little ‘scary’ for clients or work. Dermatologist Dr Robert Rosen agrees, telling goldcoast.com.au that "Men want to look their best to be effective in their workplace. If a person has a permanent scowl it may not help them in the boardroom or in sales."
What are the most popular treatments?
Aside from laser hair removal and acne treatments, reduction of red veins on the face (that cause a ‘ruddy’ complexion) via laser is a popular procedure. Unfortunately the red veins can have social implications like an “alcoholic” tag – this preconception isn’t right, but it does happen and, obviously, can cause a problem in both a social and work environment.
According to the CPSA, topping the list of body parts for permanent hair reduction are “the back, followed by the chest and then beard.” The key motivation being men “wanting to look and feel good, followed by a desire to please their partners.”
Dr Mary Dingley practices at The Cosmetic Medicine Centre, Toowong QLD.
What do you think of guy’s having these treatments done? Would you encourage your man to? Or do you think it’s more of a female domain?
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