More and more men are showing an interest in maintaining their youthful appearances and changing the way they look by undergoing cosmetic or corrective procedures. From collagen injections to cheek, jaw, and eyelid surgeries, the possibilities for male plastic surgery in Toronto are endless.

Here are eight important plastic surgery tips for men who are struggling with their physical appearances and want to make a positive change.

1. Do Your Research

When it comes to plastic surgery, the most important thing you need to do is conduct proper research. What are you researching, exactly?

For starters, you should be gathering information on the type of procedure(s) you want to have done. What do they entail? How long is each procedure? What type of anesthesia is required, if any? How long does each procedure take? What is the recovery process like? Will you be required to follow special pre- and post-op instructions? Which facial plastic surgeons specialize in the type of procedure(s) you want done?

These are all important questions you should be asking prospective facial plastic surgeons throughout your research phase, which leads to the next point.

2. Schedule In-Person Consultations

The best way to get the answers to your most pressing concerns is to schedule face-to-face consultations with prospective facial plastic surgeons.

Not only will this effectively ease any worries you may have, but it also presents you with an opportunity to get to know your plastic surgeon beforehand and vice versa. Establishing a close relationship and positive dynamic with the person tasked with improving your appearance is important because it’ll help increase your trust and confidence level in their work.

During this time, you should ask for a list of credentials, ascertain that they’re board certified, and ask to see some before and after pictures of their past patients. You should also assess their bedside manner and make sure they’re listening to your concerns and answering all of your questions satisfactorily.

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3. Consider Your Personal Aesthetic Views

Throughout this entire process, the most important thing to keep in mind is that you’re doing this for yourself and no one else. Regardless of what other people think, you’re journey is your own and you need to take your personal thoughts, feelings, and aesthetic views into consideration.

There’s a reason that you’re seeking the help of a facial plastic surgeon—whether it’s to maintain a youthful appearance, improve your overall look, or boost your self confidence, the decision is yours and you shouldn’t have to answer to anyone else.

If your facial plastic surgeon suggests or recommends something that you’re opposed to, don’t be afraid to speak up.

4. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

It’s important to understand that certain aesthetics won’t look exactly the same on you as they do on others and vice versa. You’re your own person and the goal of plastic surgery isn’t to make you look exactly like someone else—it’s to help enhance the aesthetic you already have through modifications.

Constantly comparing yourself to other people will only lead to major disappointments and potential body dysmorphic disorder down the road.

5. Try to Keep Your Expectations Realistic

Some patients make special requests when undergoing plastic surgery to try to emulate a certain look. While there’s nothing wrong with asking for a certain nose shape or fuller cheeks, the problems start when people ask to look exactly like certain celebrities.

When you consult with your facial plastic surgeon, they should be able to assess your natural aesthetic and determine which procedures are most suitable for you. If they determine that a certain procedure doesn’t serve your best interest, then it’s their duty to relay that information to you. Of course, you’re always welcome and encouraged to get a second or third opinion.

6. Explore Surgical and Non-Surgical Options

The type of cosmetic procedure you’re looking for depends on what you want to have done. In some cases, certain procedures can be performed simultaneously.

If you’re looking to reconfigure the shape and size of your nose, then you’ll most likely have to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure. Rhinoplasties are often paired with chin implants to help balance out your facial features and create symmetry.

However, injections throughout the face are also a viable option. For voluminous lips, you might want to consider a lip injection or eyelid injection to remove wrinkles and revitalize tired looking, droopy eyes.

It’s important to explore all of your surgical and non-surgical options with your facial plastic surgeon, especially if you’re squeamish about going under the knife or having needles near your face.

7. Read Online Reviews and Ask for Referrals

For more in-depth male plastic surgery tips, there are tons of online forums and review web sites that you can check out. Look up all of the facial plastic surgeons you’re currently considering and read through their patient reviews. In some cases you might be pleasantly or unpleasantly surprised by what you find out.

If you happen to come across a facial plastic surgeon that you think might be a good fit for you, don’t hesitate to ask for referrals from their past patients. Sometimes, that’s the best way to get the reassurance you need to move forward with your facial plastic surgery.

8. Seek Out an Experienced Male Plastic Surgeon

There’s no shame in looking for a doctor who’s of the same gender as you. As a man, you may feel a certain level of comfort being under the care of a male doctor who understands your needs and may even have been in your position. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Sometimes, it’s just easier to confide in someone of the same sex without feeling embarrassed. At the end of the day, your comfort and satisfaction are of the utmost importance.

Dr. Andres Gantous at Toronto Facial Plastic Surgery has over 20 years of experience helping clients just like you achieve their aesthetic goals. He’s worked with hundreds of clients and is considered a revolutionary in the facial plastic surgery industry thanks to his innovative incisionless otoplasty technique. To schedule a consultation at our clinic in Toronto, please contact us today!