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More men turning to cosmetic surgery to hold on to the fountain of youth

Posted at 6:01 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 18:13:49-05

These days, everyone wants to look younger, including men.  More of them are now turning to cosmetic surgery to achieve that.  

In the last 20 years, the number of cosmetic procedures performed on men has increased by a whopping 325%.  That’s according to The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

“Women, in typical fashion were way ahead of men and adopted the concept of cosmetic procedures like 10-15 years ago,” Doug Willner told ABC2.  

Willner said he didn't like that time was catching up to him.  

“I’m starting to age, I’m starting to see some signs that I’m not the freshest look that I would like.”

So Willner took matters into his own hands and those of this plastic surgeon’s.

“I started to look a little mean or angry,” Willner explained.

That was the final straw for Willner—the aging process was showing as anger on his face.  It’s not the face he wanted to show the world 

“If women can age gracefully, and that’s a positive, why can’t men age a little gracefully as well?”

Doctors say they’re hearing stories like this more and more. 

“Men, in general, have always cared about how they looked.  It’s just that recently, it’s become less taboo to talk about it, “ said Dr. Carrie Houssock, of James E Vogel Plastic Surgery, told ABC2.

She says she makes sure to consult with all patients before any treatment.

“We always talk about realistic expectations, so while we encourage patients to bring in photos of what they’re looking for, or what they’re thinking about, we always like to start any consultation with patients knowing that there is an expectation,” continued Houssock.

Willner was the ideal patient  He did his research, chose the right doctors and didn’t expect an unrealistic transformation.

“Right now there’s nothing that when I look in the mirror that says I’m attempting to look like a 30-year-old but a little softer version of a 56-year-old is good,” said Willner.

Our patient chose three very common procedures for the changes he wanted to achieve.

“Botox and facial fillers.  And the Botox, that was meant to get rid of the angry face. I started to develop a double chin and that was the thing when I looked in the mirror, I said, ok, I don’t really like that.  I’m actually very pleased with how the results came out,” said Willner. 

From Botox for a smoother, softer appearance, to fillers to hid shingles scares and Kybella, which tightened his chin and neck area, to hair regrowth procedures, he’s now a believer and is ready for more. 

“The one I’m looking forward to is actually a procedure that they’re doing here, PRP with A cell.”

PRP is a cutting-edge, new procedure for the face and the scalp that actually uses your own blood.

“It’s called platelet-rich plasma.  What that has is a high concentration of growth factors which your body naturally uses for wound healing and improvement of your tissues,” Houssock said.

Dr. Houssock has seen hundreds of male patients and says it’s only getting more common.

“People are more open about what they’re doing with their lives and what they’re doing with their health and because of that, they’re more comfortable talking about it.”

Willner told ABC2 News that the procedures are an investment and have made all the difference outside and in.

“Just internally, I really like looking in the mirror now.  I feel like I look more youthful again.  Not something crazy but more relaxed which makes me feel a little bit more comfortable and confident.”

Plastic surgeons say outside of the non-surgical facial enhancement Willner received, men are turning to hair transplantation more.  They’re also looking to liposuction and body contouring techniques to enhance their physique.