In the past, patients often dismissed the idea of having cosmetic treatments for fear of unnatural results or being judged by family, friends, and colleagues.
However, with the advancements in technology and techniques, aesthetic procedures like Botox have become increasingly popular among patients of all ages and genders.
In fact, more and more men are seeking Botox treatments as a way to enhance their appearance and are readily sharing their experience and results with others, especially their guy friends.
So, what’s Botox really like for men?
What Is Botox?
Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin type A and a synthetic neurotoxin.
It has multiple medical applications and is most often used cosmetically to smooth wrinkles on the forehead, crow’s feet, and frown lines.
How Does It Work?
We may not be fully conscious of it, but throughout the day our facial muscles are flexing to make facial expressions such as smiling, squinting, and frowning.
Over time, this constant movement can cause the formation of wrinkles and worsening of existing lines and folds.
Botox works by blocking nerve signals and limiting muscle contraction and facial mobility.
Why Are Men Becoming Interested in Botox?
With the influx of non-invasive treatments available, plastic surgery has become much more accepted among men and women.
A majority of patients even consider it as a normal part of self-care, and like their female counterparts, men want to look and feel their best.
Therefore, many guys view Botox as a safe and effective option to enhance their appearance without any downtime. Men are also showing interest in Botox’s other uses, including relief for migraines and excessive underarm sweating.
What to Expect From a Botox Treatment?
Before receiving Botox, patients will meet with their plastic surgeon or dermatologist to discuss their concerns and identify problem areas.
Next, the target zones, usually the forehead, in between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet, are marked, and then ice may be used to numb the skin.
Finally, a series of injections are administered, and each one feels similar to a slight pinch. Most patients find Botox to be a very tolerable treatment with zero downtime.
Some swelling or redness may be present at the injection sites, but typically resolves within an hour.
How Quickly Does Botox Take Effect and How Long Does It Last?
Within two-to-seven days, patients begin to note reduced movement in the treated area and a relaxation of wrinkles and lines. Many men describe their results as natural and are pleased that they still look like themselves, but very well-rested.
Botox effects can last up to four months, at which time, touch-up injections are recommended to keep wrinkles and lines from reappearing.