Feminism gets a bit of a bad rap; I’m inclined to believe it’s because it has the “fem” prefix attached, so people think it’s all about giving women power. While that’s definitely a part of it, what it really seeks to do is give men and women equal power; to look at the preconceived notions of what it means to be a man, or what it means to be a woman, and to pull back the veil on antiquated ideas we have. That means feminism can benefit men, too; goodness knows we undergo our own stresses in order to fit in with the mold of manliness.
One common misconception about masculinity that has, fortunately, begun to fade away, is that men shouldn’t be overly concerned with their appearance. Part of that is true; we never want anyone to be overly concerned by their appearance, but it’s becoming more acceptable for men to get cosmetic procedures done. We care about how we look, it’s true! While the looks that men and women are trying to get differ substantially, there’s a host of cosmetic procedures to allow men to get they look they deserve.
Injectables have proven particularly popular among men; that’s because our filler and Botox procedures are highly targeted, only lifting where lift is needed. More than women, men are seen as attractive with facial lines; they add an air of gravitas and authority, the notion being that a man with lines in his face has confronted life’s challenges head on, with a smile, and made it through. While facial lines are seen as attractive, double chins might not be; we can precisely target sagging skin to firm it up while retaining the lines you want.
Men are prone to skin conditions that women aren’t; our biological makeup is generally pretty different, which gives rise to the different conditions we see. Men are more prone to severe acne which leads to acne scarring, a condition that can last throughout life. Fortunately, there are quite a few ways of making acne scarring fade to almost nothing. One of the most effective methods of tackling the problem is by using microdermabrasion for acne scars; this procedure is gentle and safe, not requiring any anesthetic. Most of us would rather leave our teen years behind us, and it’s not fun having to explain that your scars came from your pimply years; microdermabrasion is the solution!
There’s a myriad of other reasons men might opt to get cosmetic procedures done; liposuction to remove fat, firming of the chest muscles, scar reduction and more. The most important thing to remember is always this: you are the person who gets to decide what happens with your body. If society tells you that you have to get cosmetic procedures done to look appropriate, but you don’t feel comfortable, you don’t have to! On the flip side, if society tells you not to get cosmetic procedures done because they’re only for women, tell them they’re living in the Dark Ages, and go get whatever procedure you want done. You have the power to choose.