The idea that Botox is only for women is long gone. Now, men of all ages are embracing Botox and using it to prevent and reverse signs of aging. But when it comes to Botox for men, not everyone knows about it.
If you’re still wondering whether Botox is right for you, here’s what you need to know.
What is Botox?
Botox, Dysport, and or the “modern made neuromodulator” Jeuveau, are botulinum toxins that, when administered in small doses, temporarily decreases muscle movement that causes wrinkles. It’s usually injected in the forehead, between the eyebrows “11’s or scowl lines” and around the eyes. Botox can help decrease resting looks of anger or frowning.
Botox is used to treat dynamic wrinkles. These are the type of wrinkles that come from muscle movement. Smiling, laughing, frowning, and raising our eyebrows are considered dynamic muscle movements. Over time, we start to see permanent lines form in these areas.
Pros of Botox for Men
When it comes to Botox for men, the pros are plentiful. Men, just like their female counterparts, want to grow older gracefully. However, that doesn’t mean they want to look older than they really are. Lifestyle habits can add years to a man’s appearance, but Botox can help minimize the signs of aging. In fact, when injected on a regular basis, it can also prevent new lines and wrinkles from forming.
The results of Botox injections are Botox is also a temporary treatment, so if patients aren’t happy with the results, note that the effects will wear off in two to three months. Also, when injected by a licensed medical professional, adverse risks are extremely low. We see the best results when patients are consistent with treatments every 3-4 months.
Cons of Botox for Men
Botox offers a variety of benefits, however, there are a few things to keep in mind. Botox is not permanent, so follow-up injections are required to maintain results. In addition, since Botox temporarily decreases muscle movement, it must be injected by a medical professional who specializes in Botox injections for precise assessment, treatment, and safety.
Although very rare, side effects of Botox can include eye droop and a lopsided smile.
Botox vs. Fillers
Botox and fillers are very different. Botox is used to soften muscle movement whereas fillers are used to restore volume for fill in wrinkles or creases. Fillers, like Juvederm or Restylane, are usually made of hyaluronic acid.
They can be injected to fill the hollows under the eye, deep nasolabial folds, and marionette lines (the lines that run from the corners of the mouth to the chin.) Results from fillers can last anywhere from six months to a year or more, depending on the product.
Alternative Options for Wrinkle Prevention in Men
There are many options for treatments for patients who want to hold off on Botox. Usually we recommend these in addition to botox, such as medical grade skin care, chemical peels, microneedling, or Laser skin treatments can all help rejuvenate the skin. However, none of these treatments alone will stop wrinkles from forming.
Even though we can’t turn back the hands of time, Botox can minimize and prevent the signs of aging. If you live in Melbourne, Viera, Indialantic, or Orlando and are considering Botox or would like to know more, contact our talented staff at Dermatology + Plastic Surgery today.