Guys have been warming up to the idea of what has been playfully dubbed as ‘man- jectables’ for some time now. Comprising injectable dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid and botulinum toxin (Botox), these procedures freshen and plump up the skin – without the need for surgery. “We do a lot of fillers for wrinkles, using Botox only in small doses to produce a natural effect. Often, a combination of treatments, rather than one treatment alone, is required to address all the issues associated with ageing,” says Dr Siew Tuck Wah, a medical consultant at The Sloane Clinic in Singapore.
“Male clients usually prefer fast, effective, one-time treatments over treatments which require them to come back often,” he adds. Effective non-invasive skin tightening alternatives (that a lot of A-list actors swear by) include ultrasound technology treatments that heat the deepest layers of the skin to promote the growth of new collagen. “Because Asian men have thicker skin with often more facial volume, Ulthera (an ultrasound device/procedure) works very well for them.”
Most busy executives who travel constantly and have non-stop meetings can’t take time off to recover from a full surgical facelift. Responding to the demand for less downtime, Dr Woffles Wu, a Singapore- based aesthetic craniofacial surgeon, performs a minimally-invasive facelift procedure. “Men don’t like to look like they’ve had anything done, so they are good candidates for Botox and fillers – and if they want a bit of rejuvenation they can do the Woffles Lift, which is a technique I pioneered,” he says.
Dr Wu’s 45-minute procedure, which he says can last up to two or three years, involves inserting a series of threads into the subcutaneous tissue of the face with a fine needle. Sagging tissues and loose jowls are tightened when these threads are pulled and fastened to the scalp. “There would be a little bruising, this is always unpredictable,” he adds. But generally a patient could get the procedure over a long weekend.