Men make up a fast growing segment of the aesthetic and cosmetic industries, representing about 10% of all cosmetic procedures in the past year. More men are seeking cosmetic procedures, and their preferences and expectations for results often differ from those of women seeking the same procedures. Since 1997, cosmetics procedures performed on men have increased by 273%. Traditionally, men have been overlooked in the dermatology community and women have been the focus of studies on beauty and aging. Rising concerns about grooming and aging may be a strong contributor to this growing phenomenon amongst the male population. Men care just as much about their appearance and attractiveness.
To find the best fit for treatment it is important for men to be as specific and forthcoming as possible about areas of concern. The top cosmetic concerns amongst men are aging skin and submental fat. Two other commonly sought after procedures by male patients are dermal fillers and neuromodulators (i.e: BOTOX, Xeomin, Dysport). Men typically seek dermal fillers to rejuvenate the area underneath the eyes. It is a target area because of its ability to help men avoid looking perpetually tired. It is important for your dermatologist to understand the difference in facial composition between the sexes in order to get the desired look. With the help of fillers, they can shave off years and recapture their youthful appearance subtly. Procedures for the jawline and submental fat region (double chin) are also becoming increasingly routine. Kybella (synthetic deoxycholic acid) destroys fat cells in this area leaving patients with more jawline and neck definition. These procedures reduce the appearance of girth and help with physically uncomfortable situations such as wearing a button-down shirt that becomes very tight around the neck serving both a cosmetic and functional purpose. As the interest in cosmetic procedures for male patients grows, so will the number of treatments that specifically target the cosmetic needs of men. It boils down to one simple fact: Men want to look and feel good!
Our Nutritional Power section will be broken into a four part series that will cover a little sample of the best that summer has to offer. To kick off our series, we’ve focused on a “A Taste of the Tropics”. Our first installment features fruits that will whisk you away to soft, sandy beaches just by indulging in them!
Papaya is a spherical, pear shaped fruit that is believed to be native to Central America and Mexico. The edible seeds have a somewhat spicy taste to them (it’s reminiscent of black pepper). Papaya is not only super tasty but packed full of nutrients that aid in the health of both hair and skin. Potent enzymes present in papaya help to make it a great wrinkle reducer, skin moisturizer, and hair conditioner. Additionally, papaya as a part of your diet helps to prevent macular degeneration, boost immunity, and aid in digestion. Look for papayas that are mostly yellow and a little green to ripen at home. Papaya is fully ripe when it is bright yellow. To give the power of papaya a try, check out this recipe for Thai Green Papaya Salad.
Pineapple is probably the unofficial mascot of the tropics at this point. It pairs well with other ingredients but it can also stand alone and steal the show. Pineapple can be eaten fresh, juiced, cooked, and preserved and their leaves are even used some places for wallpaper and ceiling insulation. Pineapple is a powerhouse fruit. It is loaded with health benefits that help to enhance your quality of life. Pineapple has the ability to improve respiratory health, improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and increase heart health, just to name a few. Picking the perfect pineapple is a pretty simple process: The bottom of the pineapple is where it is most fragrant, so if you detect a sweet scent wafting from it then you have a winner! If you don’t smell anything, the pineapple is most likely unripe. Pineapple also contains relatively low traces of pesticide residue, making it safe to consume through conventional farming methods. Try out this fun and fast salad recipe to reap the benefits of pineapple in a new and interesting way.
Mango is the final member of our Tropical fruit trio. Mango is actually a member of the stone fruit family and its origins can be traced to Southeast Asia. Some of the health benefits associated with mango include normalizing insulin levels in blood, alkalizing the whole body, clearing skin of clogged pores and acne, protection against heat stroke, and lowering of cholesterol levels. Ripe mangoes give off a fruity aroma at their stem ends and give a little bit when you place pressure on its skin with your fingers. The great part about mango is that it has two growth seasons: one in the spring/summer and one in the fall/winter. These overlapping seasons makes mangoes available all year round. This raw mango, lime, and coconut pudding is a great way to add more mango into your diet.