More And More Guys Are Now Turning To Fillers To Look More Manly
The trend towards body positivity has swung in a number of ways over the years. For a while, it was about accepting the skin you're in and embracing one's unique looks. Now, attitudes have changed somewhat. These days, it's fine to be content with one's own flaws, but it's also fine to want to do something about them too. Those wanting to change their appearance are empowered to do so if it helps them feel more comfortable in day to day life.
Of course, there's nothing wrong with this, and men — the idea of whom having plastic surgery was once confined almost entirely to Hollywood — have perhaps been the biggest beneficiary of this. Men from all walks of life are embracing the idea of going under the knife or the syringe, from guys looking to banish their wrinkles and crows feet to those who indulge in everything from lip to brow fillers. The male beauty landscape has never been more diverse.
The fact remains however that most of these things have something of a feminine connotation associated with them. 99 times out of a 100, if you're imagining someone getting lip fillers for instance, it's most likely going to be a woman. But amongst guys, according to a new report from VICE UK, the trend among beauty-conscious men is increasingly veering towards using a range of cosmetic procedures to actually look more manly.
Masculinisation packages are taking hold and increasing in popularity, giving men the chance not only to stave off the ill-effects of age longer, but also attain the diamond-edged jawline or furrowsome brow of their dreams.
"The rise in the interest from men for this kind of treatment has grown exponentially," Dr Melanie Castelhano told the outlet. "In the last two years there's been a real lean towards masculinisation. It's easier to access, readily available and people are becoming more knowledgeable about it."
These procedures entail doing just about anything to sculpt ones face into a more Henry Cavill-esque vision of masculinity, from chin and neck fillers to full jawline augmentations. It all goes to attaining the ultra aesthetic look that has evolved from the early days of Metrosexuality in the 1990s and early 2000s, and which has coincided with a sharp spike in men undergoing everything from Botox to Liposuction.
For many guys, it's about attaining the perfect abs and pearly smile of a modern day reality contestant. "The clinic where I had my first Botox treatment had three people having work done, ready to go on Love Island. That tells you a lot about the pressure to look good in today's society," said an influencer who spoke to VICE. "You see guys that look perfect – veneers, good jawlines, tanned and wrinkle-free. Then people react on social media saying how perfect they look. so of course you'll think, 'I need to look like that.'"