When it comes to men and women and ageing the stereotypes come thick and fast; mainly that lines and grey hair make a man look distinguished and attractively mature, whereas on a woman they just make her look old.
So, what is the truth about male and female ageing? At my private plastic surgery practice, based in Warwickshire, I spend much of my time analysing lines and wrinkles and I’ve come to some conclusions over the years.
The first thing to note is that there has definitely been a change in recent years. When I first started my cosmetic surgery practice, men were less likely to seek surgical or non-surgical procedures aimed at turning back the clock. Women, on the other hand, have always been bombarded by messages from the beauty business to fight the signs of ageing as part of an all-round beautification process.
Cosmetic surgery choice
Often the first sign of facial ageing is the development of dynamic wrinkles in the upper part of the face. These are caused by the constant contraction of the muscles, causing lines to appear in the overlying skin and they are commonly found across the forehead, between the brows and around the eyes.
Traditionally, men have been less bothered by the formation of these lines as the perception is that it makes them appear more rugged or wise or both, whereas women are much more likely to seek treatment in the form of muscle relaxing injections, which I perform, that temporarily freeze the movement of the muscles thereby smoothing the overlying skin, or a cosmetic surgery procedure that will deal with a wide range of ageing concerns.
Many men arrive for a consultation at my Leamington cosmetic surgery practice, complaining that they look tired and stressed. They often believe this is adversely affecting how they are perceived at work, potentially damaging their careers because they aren’t seen as dynamic and thrusting. When we analyse the problem further it is usually found to be due to ageing of the eye area, so I find a more popular cosmetic surgery procedure for men is a blepharoplasty, a procedure to rejuvenate the upper and/or lower eyelids.
Listening to advice
Whatever your genetic make-up, there are some external factors that have been proved to have a deleterious impact on the skin; namely smoking, excessive sun exposure and poor diet. From the men and women who visit my Leamington cosmetic surgery practice, it seems that women certainly are taking these anti-ageing messages on board and are being proactive in protecting their skin.