The days of skincare and cosmetic treatments being just for women are long gone. Aesthetic procedures for men are steadily on the rise, especially when it comes to injectables like Botox and dermal fillers.
In fact, dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm are twice as popular among men today as they were 15 years ago. While many of these male patients are experiencing excellent results from fillers, others have fallen victim to overfilling.
Here’s what men need to know to avoid the dreaded chipmunk cheeks.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are synthetic or naturally-occurring substances that are injected into the body’s soft tissue at different depths to lift and restore volume to the face.
They often allow patients to improve their appearance and look refreshed without the downtime, risks, and commitment of surgery.
Many male patients seek fillers to address hollowness under their eyes and deep folds extending from their nose to mouth.
How Filler Treatments Differ Between Male and Female Patients
A skilled and experienced injector recognizes the need to customize each filler treatment, including selecting the most appropriate type and placement of filler.
For male patients, providers aim to preserve a masculine facial structure and often use a thicker and more viscous filler to account for men’s denser skin and larger bones.
Restylane under the eyes and Radiesse for the nasolabial folds are top choices among several aesthetic experts.
What to Expect from a Filler Treatment
Before a dermal filler treatment, patients should receive a consultation from a board-certified plastic surgeon or board-certified dermatologist.
On the day of the procedure, the treatment area will be thoroughly cleansed, and the provider should practice sterile technique including opening a brand-new syringe.
Next, a topical or local anesthetic may be administered to improve patient comfort and then and series of small injections are made to place the filler.
Immediately after treatment, ice can be applied, and the skin may appear slightly red, bruised, or swollen.
Improved volume and lifting can be noted almost instantly. However, it may take up to 14 days for any swelling, bruising, or irregularities to resolve and see final results.
Most dermal fillers last six-to-nine months, at which time, patients will require a touch-up treatment.