It’s Not A Decision That I Regret. There Are Times When I Look At Myself And I Say, My God, Do You Look Different.” — Clayton Reid, Of Norwalk

Clayton Reid, of Norwalk, left, and Glenn DePasquale of Westport inside the office of Dr. Paula Moynahan in Middlebury on Wednesday. A growing number of American men are having cosmetic surgery to improve their looks and increase their confidence.

 

NIP & TUCK

Men looking to stay young are turning to cosmetic surgery

At 50 years old, Glenn DePasquale began to notice it: Aging. It was all over his face. The Westport certified public accountant runs, lift weights and visits the gym faithfully. But he could no longer deny the obvious signs of wrinkles and bags on his face. “You see the change,” he said. “For me, it was like, once you hit 50, the mind may say you’re still 20 but the body says you are not. I saw the wrinkles starting to come,” he said. So last year, at 53, he went to the Middlebury offices of Dr. Paula A. Moynahan, a plastic surgeon with offices of New York and Middlebury, for an eyelift. A generation ago, few men would consider surgery or cosmetic enhancements to improve their looks, but now an increasing number of them are doing so.

WHAT’S POPULAR FOR MEN
Among the 15.7 million cosmetic minimally invasive procedures performed in 2017, the top 5 were:
Botulinum Toxin Type A (7.23 million procedures, up 2 percent from 2016)
Soft Tissue Fillers (2.69 million procedures, up 3 percent from 2016)
Chemical Peel (1.37 million procedures, up 1 percent since 2016)
Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, down 2 percent from 2016)
Microdermabrasion (740,287 procedures, down 4 percent from 2016) — American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Cosmetic procedures for men are on the rise

Last year alone, men accounted for more than 1.3 million cosmetic procedures, an increase of 29 percent since 2000. Procedures such as liposuction (up 23 percent) and tummy tucks (up 12 percent) have increased in popularity among men over the past five years. Male breast reductions increased about 30 percent in that time. “It’s a reflection of the media,” Moynahan, a Waterbury native, said. “Social media. The people who are on TV or the entertainment industry or people in the workforce.” In the professional world, baby boomer men are looking for a physical and facial edge that matches their professional expertise, she said. “The millennials are breathing down their boss’s necks and the boss doesn’t want to come in with bags or droopy eyelids,” she said. “So, a dynamic person in the company comes in the workplace looking exhausted and the young person comes in looking fresh.”

“I was tired looking,” said Clayton Reid, a hairdresser from Norwalk. “It was something I had thought about for awhile. It originally was going to be just my eyes. I was going to have the bags taken out underneath and my eyes on the top to be lifted.” In June 2017, Reid underwent a surgical facelift in Moynahan’s New York office. Part of his decision was related to maintaining his professional appearance, he said. “Do you want to go to the older man who’s not keeping him self up or the person who looks great?” said Reid, who later lost 55 pounds after joining Weight Watchers. “I think it was 20 percent professional, and the rest was all me. I never thought of myself as a vain person, but vanity is my name. It’s not a decision that I regret. There are times when I look at myself and I say, my God, do you look different.” Typically, Moynahan sees men looking to reduce the fat around their love handles, reduced their enlarged breast or pot belly and tend to the double chin, which begins to appear in the 40s. “That age group frequently has liposuctioning of the chin area, under the jaw line where there is a double chin. If that’s done in the late 30s or 40s the skin has the ability to retract and around the 40s, the eyelid tuck is done.” Middlebury plastic surgeon Dr. Prassad Sureddi agrees, but said eyelid surgery is particularly popular in his practice. He said men’s skin tends not to age as quickly as that of women. But generations weaned on applying sunscreen have become more aware of the need to maintain their skin. After awhile, he said, “cosmeceuticals,” like Retinol, just don’t cut it.” “I think there are great products for maintenance, but if someone wants to improve the skin, those are the kind of things that only more aggressive regimen will take care of.”

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures

Sureddi says the growth of non-surgical cosmetic procedures has been particularly attractive to men and others who “don’t want any downtime” after their procedures. Among the more recent non-invasive strategies is Emsculpt, which Surredi calls a “non-surgical tummy tuck.” Cleared by the Food and Drug Administration to burn fat and build muscle mass on the abdomen and buttocks, the company claims the device works by shooting high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy through the skin to build muscle and tone the body. The company claims the procedure increases muscle mass by 16 percent and reduces the waistline by approximately 19 percent. Typically, patients receive 30-minute treatments of four sessions two to three days apart. The procedure generally needs to be repeated in six months, Sureddi said. Such minimally invasive cosmetic procedures have increased nearly 200 percent since 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.(See box) “It’s just vanity and what you are seeing (in the media),” said DePasquale. “A 50-year-old (from) 50 years ago is not a 50-year-old today. People want to stay active. Getting older, people want to try to look younger or maintain that youthful-look.” DePasquale’s eyelift improved his outlook and required only two days downtime. “Nobody knows but it’s just I don’t look tired any more. I see it but nobody else realizes it was done. The bags are gone, the dark circles are gone. I was a lot happier. I was so glad I did it because it was something that just started to bother me. I was very, very happy with the results.”