Bill Clinton’s Facelift & More – Expert Dr. Franklin Rose weighs in!
On July 26 at the Democratic National Convention, President Bill Clinton made history as the first with his “I met a girl” speech. To me as a cosmetic surgeon, however, the biggest story of the night was not the speech itself nor the prospect of a First Gentleman. What was most remarkable to me was Bill Clinton’s new face, and the shift it represents in the field of cosmetic surgery, and in American culture itself: we have moved past acceptance and are now fully embracing as commonplace the idea of men electing cosmetic surgery to improve appearance.
Before the former President could even utter the iconic first line of his prepared remarks that evening, social media was abuzz with speculation about his refreshed visage. Many had noted Clinton’s physical decline in recent years due to health reasons and subsequent weight loss, along with rhinophyma (which cannot be resolved without surgical treatment). So the “before” and “after” were quite dramatic. His procedures most likely included a lower face & neck lift, fat or filler injections to cheek and neck, facial resurfacing laser treatments such as Limelight and IPL photofacial, conservative use of Botox to soften facial lines and wrinkles, forehead/brow lift, and upper and lower eyelid lift.
When I first started my practice decades ago, my clientele was about five percent men. Now, it’s more than 20%. Years ago, we would more typically see a male patient for treatment following an injury. Now, though, men are visiting the plastic surgeon to treat specific problem areas (such as the neck, cheek and jowl areas) in order to improve appearance. Minimally invasive procedures for men such as Botox, and filler injections like Juvederm–along with traditional facelifts–are on the rise. According to recent statistics from American Society of Plastic Surgeons (the largest group of board certified plastic surgeons in the world) there were 15.9 million cosmetic surgery procedures performed on men in the United States in 2015; a significant increase over 2014.
Case study: Mitchell Katine, a prominent attorney who has argued before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Katine came to me looking for a more youthful appearance, while still desiring to maintain a natural look–which I find is often even more important to men than to women. Mr. Katine, in his mid-50s, ended up deciding on facial and eyelid rejuvenation procedures. After only a short break from work, Mr. Katine was able to return to his full responsibilities as a practicing attorney. Soon after, he successfully won a landmark LGBT rights case at the United States Supreme Court.
Whether fair or unfair, we know that we are all judged to a certain extent, even if subconsciously, by our appearance and perceived youthfulness. This applies to men as well as to women, and in the context of the workplace, it can mean the difference between gaining or losing the competitive edge. Especially with oil prices continuing to decline in recent months, many men are choosing cosmetic procedures to improve appearance as well as stay competitive with younger colleagues.
Just as women always have, men also seek to regain a more youthful look, improve their self-image, and feel better about their appearance. It’s fortunate that we now have appropriate techniques specifically to address the ways a man’s face ages, as well as a man’s need to maintain a natural appearance. With so many new procedures available, many of them minimally invasive, we have a wide range of ways to meet and exceed men’s desires as well as scheduling needs.
We have truly arrived at a time when the idea that plastic surgery is just for women is as outdated as the idea that a woman can’t be president!