Nobody’s perfect. It’s normal to feel insecure about your body, or at least parts of it. Even the most confident of men experience the occasional “fat day”, or look in the mirror and think: “Who’s that uncle?”
If that’s happening to you more and more frequently, maybe it’s time to see a professional who can help you achieve your #bodygoals.Whether you’re already eating clean and working hard at the gym, yet not seeing results, or don’t see yourself giving up your long-term relationship with char kway teow and nasi lemak burgers, there are other ways to sculpt your physique. We speak to Amaris B. Clinic’s founder and lead doctor, Dr Ivan Puah, to find out more.
With 13 years in the business, Dr Ivan Puah has seen his fair share of men in pursuit of their ideal bodies. Here, he shares three of the most common complaints Singapore men have about their appearance, and how they can be resolved.
1. “I have moobs!”
The medical term for “man boobs” or “moobs” is gynecomastia. It’s a more common problem in Singapore than you’d expect.
The bad news: Being overweight may not be the main cause, which means that ramping up on exercise may not resolve the problem.
In fact, the swollen glands and fat deposits may be due to puberty, ageing, the side effects of certain medications or hormonal imbalance. You may even experience tenderness or pain in the area.
The good news? Gynecomastia surgery can end your pain and embarrassment. Dr Ivan Puah elaborates: “The surgery effectively reduces overly enlarged glandular tissues and/or excess fat tissues so that you can regain a more masculine physique.”
2. “I hate my dad bod!”
Leonardo DiCaprio might be bringing the “dad bod” into vogue lately, but that’s not everyone’s idea of sexy.
If you’re missing the washboard abs you had in the first year of your national service, the Vaser Hi-def Lipo could bring them back. It carves definition in your body by removing hard-to-shed flab from the abdomen and waist.
Using an advanced body-sculpting ultrasonic sound wave technology, this treatment is designed to reduce fat around muscle groups so that your muscles look more defined.
A gentle suction process removes the liquefied fat cells and leaves the surrounding tissues largely undisturbed.
3. “I look chao lao [older than I really am]!”
Everybody ages, but most of us want to do so gracefully – think David Beckham, not Nicholas Cage. Just the simple act of expressing ourselves can result in a face full of lines.
Work stress sees our foreheads creased in frowns, while laughing and smiling may manifest in laugh lines. So if the man in the mirror is starting to look more crumpled than a freshly tumbled-dry shirt, a little touch up at the doctor’s might be in order.
Dr Ivan Puah explains there are two ways to smooth out our mien: botulinum toxin injections and dermal fillers. The first uses a small amount of botulinum toxin to relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles; the other is made of hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin and “iron out” wrinkles and creases.
He shares a tip: “While you’re at it, dermal fillers can also be applied to enhance definition for features such as the bridge of the nose, chin and cheeks.”