"looks" - and a new trend - my goodness

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    Aug 14, 2007 10:20 PM GMT
    Just read this on msn.com

    Mens' Looks: A 'Retrosexual' Comeback
    Newsweek

    Aug. 20-27, 2007 issue - Measuring 6 feet 3, with chiseled pecs and a bushy beard, George seemed like a model of manliness. Yet two years ago the 47-year-old Virginia businessman (who declined to give his full name to protect his privacy) decided he didn't look quite macho enough. So he went to see Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a Miami hair-restoration surgeon, to have 3,000 hair follicles ripped from his scalp and transplanted into his face, chest and belly. He wasn't satisfied. So a year later he returned to get an additional 2,400 grafts done. "I could still have another surgery and not be completely covered," says George today. "I'm very pleased, but 2,400 grafts is not a very hairy chest."

    George's quest for maximum hirsuteness isn't as unusual as it may sound. He's part of a growing group of "retrosexuals"—men who shun metrosexuality, with its often feminine esthetic, in favor of old-school masculinity. Cosmetic and hair-transplant surgeons on both coasts report increases in patients seeking a more rugged look: hairier chests and beards, squarer chins, more angular jaw lines. Dr. Paul Nassif, a well-known Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, has noticed the change in the photos patients bring in to show him their ideal image. A few years ago "they were bringing in a pretty-boy look," he says. Now, though, the requests are different: " 'Give me a big, strong, manlier chin'," he says.

    Among hair-transplant specialists, the vast majority of their patients continue to be men hoping to combat balding and receding hairlines. But in recent years, those seeking facial and chest implants have increased. According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, facial-hair transplants in the United States jumped from 765 procedures in 2004 to 1,189 in 2006. Epstein, the Miami doctor, has done 10 facial and chest procedures in the past 18 months—double the rate in previous periods. On the cosmetic front, some surgeons say that men are also asserting their manliness through rhinoplasty, or nose jobs, asking for a more pronounced proboscis. Among them is Mike Love, 20, of Arizona. Last year he underwent surgery to pare down what he considered an oversize snout and to achieve "facial harmony," as he puts it. But what he ended up with, he says, was "too small, almost feminine." So Love now has a second surgery scheduled for November. He's much happier with the new version of his nose that he's been promised. "It looks more masculine," he says. "It's much more suited for my face." Unless, of course, the next fad to sweep in causes him to reconsider.

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    Aug 15, 2007 2:31 AM GMT
    Wow. I am not sure which way I'm reacting to this one, lol.

    As someone who likes both hairy guys and metrosexuals alike, I of course don't get it. Changes to more superficial styles (hair, grooming, even adjustments via workouts) aren't that much different from clothes to me.

    But I don't get the whole culture of cosmetic surgery for what seems to be solely vanity - the invasive stuff like chest/chin implants, etc. Hair is hair, but it seems like if you need to go to more invasive procedures just to feel good about yourself, there may be more going on there.
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    Aug 15, 2007 2:39 AM GMT
    Nothing says "I'm a man" like trying to fight your own genes to look like something you naturally aren't. Pussies.
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    Aug 15, 2007 2:43 AM GMT
    Few things are as hot to me as someone who has a naturally unique, nontraditional look and exudes enough confidence for you to know he's damned proud of it.
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    Aug 15, 2007 3:48 AM GMT
    Things swing from one direction and then back to the other. I think the metrosexual thing gave tons of ordinary Americans validation and satisfied our growing interest in consumerism and all things superficial. Hooray for that, but, But. It is time to stop. Maybe people are finally realizing that shaved, plucked and dyed men look effeminate no matter which sex they sleep with.
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    Aug 15, 2007 3:50 AM GMT
    I still prefer little to no hairy growth.

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    Aug 15, 2007 3:50 AM GMT
    Man, forget that noise. Only time I'll get plastic surgery is if I get my face chewed off from a pit bull or wild animal attack.....or if it's free.
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    Aug 15, 2007 4:43 AM GMT
    Agreed

    Rob
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    Aug 15, 2007 5:03 AM GMT
    Maybe there's another "Planet of the Apes" revival coming, this fall.
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    Aug 15, 2007 9:14 AM GMT
    I did a facial recognition thing that matches you up to celebrities who you resemble, and my closest match was Zsa Zsa Gabor. Do you see me getting surgery? No. Considering suicide, perhaps, but surgery...
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    Aug 15, 2007 12:13 PM GMT
    I not sure if this related to the topic. When I was a kid I always wish I am lighter complexion and more oriental looking then I am now. You see my father side of the family have some sub Indian blood in them. So I seem to inheritance his darker complexion, higher noses, higher chin bone.(I look more Latino than Asian). Among my other sibling I am the one who look more like my dad than my more oriental looking mother.
    Of course as a kid I was tease and making fun off and I develop very low self esteem because of it. As a teenager up to my twenties I use to put on those skin lighterning cream (plentiful in Asia) hoping for my skin to be lighter.

    Only when I further study in the US, that I realize those feature are actually quite attractive and American (white men) actually sunning themself under hot sun just to have the tan look that I naturally have.

    Nowaday I am just extreme happy and satisfies with what I have. I maybe colour my gray hair black so I look younger, but that about as far as I go.
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    Aug 15, 2007 5:23 PM GMT
    "Man, forget that noise. Only time I'll get plastic surgery is if I get my face chewed off from a pit bull or wild animal attack.....or if it's free."

    Hmmm....
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    Aug 15, 2007 6:53 PM GMT
    "Few things are as hot to me as someone who has a naturally unique, nontraditional look and exudes enough confidence for you to know he's damned proud of it. "

    Well, here I am (LOL)
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    Aug 15, 2007 9:13 PM GMT
    Unfortunately, as technology advances and gives us more options with regrads to plastic surgery, I think the demand will only increase. It will become as trendy and common as fashion and hair color.

    Scary stuff.

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    Aug 15, 2007 9:23 PM GMT
    well when the technology is available I plan to be blonde, w/ green eyes and 6 feet tall.
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    Aug 15, 2007 9:36 PM GMT
    NRG579 - some of us think you are perfect just as you are. ;-)
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    Aug 15, 2007 9:50 PM GMT
    Wow!

    My sarcastic, self-deprocating, jokey self just skidded to a halt & I'm truly touched by that italmusclebtm...that was really nice of you to say. (I still wanna be a 6' blonde though - (kidding))

    NICK
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    Aug 15, 2007 11:19 PM GMT
    Why. I think you are one of the best looking jock in here. What would I do to date someone like you. Not to tall/short, those sensual lip, perfect figure, perfection in face (with or without facial hair). From you post seem like a fun, playful person, wonderful personality.
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    Aug 15, 2007 11:31 PM GMT
    thank you
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    Aug 16, 2007 5:15 PM GMT
    You are easy on the eyes, Nickster. :-)
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    Aug 16, 2007 5:16 PM GMT
    thanks for that ;)
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    Aug 16, 2007 6:21 PM GMT
    I'm waiting for redrosexual to be the new trend. More shortish red heads walking around...yeah that sounds good.
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    Aug 31, 2007 1:35 AM GMT
    jeez, i'd rather give up some body hair to have the hair I had at 18 on my head again.