Feeling Comfortable in Consultation – The Male Approach
Sydney plastic surgeon DR DARRYL HODGKINSON explains to Tara Casey how he approaches the consultation process with male patients.
Cosmetic surgery has become much more accepted over the last ten years and like the skin, hair and beauty industry it has also become increasingly popular with men.
Gone are the days when cosmetic surgery was seen as purely a woman’s domain. Men are increasingly wanting to appear younger and more on top of things. Men may dislike their nose, chin and cheeks as much as a woman. And they are getting the same sun and environmental damage causing wrinkles and sagginess that women get.
However, the desires of men differ greatly from women and while the same surgical techniques can be used, a different approach is often necessary.
Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Darryl Hodgkinson has found an increasing number of men are desiring facial procedures. Usually, he says, they want a rejuvenation rather than glamorisation. “The desires of my male patients are completely different. They’re not asking for glamorisation so it is in some ways easier to communicate,” said Dr Hodgkinson. “They are very pragmatic and don’t have any hidden agendas and it’s quite easy to find out their expectations.”
This takes communication skills on the surgeon’s behalf. Spending time in a consultation discussing likes and dislikes gives the surgeon the necessary information to produce the desired result. “What they don’t like, what they think I can do for them and what they are trying to achieve. It’s important to find out their motivation. Is it related to their job? Is it to feel more comfortable with a younger partner or seeking out another partner? Finding out their motivation gives me the information I need to optimise the results” explained Dr Hodgkinson.
No-one should be embarrassed about seeking out cosmetic surgery, however Dr Hodgkinson says men tend to trivialise their desires. But more importantly they also sometimes trivialise their medical history and this can be serious. “I find men have a very clear idea of what they want but it takes more time finding out their medical history,” explained Dr Hodgkinson. “Men tend to trivialise their concerns about everything. A man will tell you there’s nothing wrong and they won’t tell you their medications or the fact they get chest pains and that sort of thing.” To combat this, Dr Hodgkinson is particularly thorough with his medical history and physical examination.
However, according to Dr Hodgkinson, due to a lingering embarrassment for seeking cosmetic surgery men also tend to be very well informed. With the many sources of accessible information on cosmetic surgery finding out about procedures can be done in complete privacy. “There are magazines devoted to men’s health and men are also using the internet as a valuable research tool.,” said Dr Hodgkinson. “I find they already know a lot before they even come to the first consultation.”
“Men will often want to appear younger, with more definition of the jaw, or more handsome and masculine perhaps with cheek and chin implants,” explained Dr Hodgkinson.
Changing or rejuvenating the face is definitely an option with cosmetic surgery; something men are rapidly taking advantage of in increasing numbers.
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