More men than ever are discovering ways to look younger and are having minimally invasive procedures, like Botox injections, which require no downtime. Botox and other neuromodulator injections such as Dysport® and Xeomin®, have increased in popularity each year since Botox was first introduced in the year 2000. The percentage of patients getting Botox injections has increased over 400 percent from its introduction to the present, more than twenty years later. Men want to have the same benefits from facial procedures as women, including Botox, dermal fillers, laser treatments, and skin care. Competition in the workplace and the rise of social media are just two factors which have caused the rise of Botox among male patients.
Dr. Michele Green has been at the forefront of cosmetic facial injections, and was one of the first dermatologists in NYC to incorporate Botox injections in her boutique NYC private practice. An expert injector, Dr. Green has been quoted by GQ, Forbes, and other men’s magazines, about the rise of Botox and cosmetic treatments for male patients. Most men do not want plastic surgery and cannot afford the downtime associated with cosmetic surgery. With the advent of non-invasive procedures and cosmetic injectables, Dr. Green is an expert and platinum Allergan provider, in delivering the best cosmetic results with no recovery time.
The Benefits of Botox for Men
Botox has gained in popularity amongst men in recent years, especially for men. Botox (or Botulinum Toxin Type A) is a popular cosmetic treatment which helps men reduce facial lines and wrinkles as they age. Botox requires no downtime and is often used by male patients to smooth out facial lines, frown lines, horizontal lines on the forehead, and crow’s feet. Treatments can take as little as 15 minutes, and can be done during someone’s “lunch break”. Results last for several months before requiring any re-treatment for ongoing maintenance.
Botox has gained in popularity among men in recent years, with male celebrities such as Simon Cowell admitting to using Botox, and statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons noting a 337% increase in men receiving Botox injections since 2000. This increase is even ahead of the pace of dermal fillers among male patients, which has gone up by over 86% since 2000.
Some male patients may still be concerned that Botox or injectables are cosmetic procedures that are designed for women. As a result, some places have tried to destigmatize the procedure with names like “Brotox”. In reality, the recent increase in Botox injections in male patients is because more men are exercising, dieting, keeping fit, and aiming to look young and healthy. Some dermatologists have seen an increase of almost half of their cosmetic patients being male now. As Forbes’s writer Joseph DeAcetis noted in “The importance of Men’s Grooming,” for business, men are concerned with making themselves better “groomed”, which is in effect better “packaging.” This business concern combined with the “selfie” and social media based culture have increased the desire for men to make the right first impression.
What are the most popular injection sites for male patients?
- Forehead to reduce fine lines and deep creases
- Glabella in between the eyes for frown lines
- Around the eyes to treat and prevent crow’s feet
- The neck to reduce neck bands and wrinkles
- The masseter muscle
- Dimpled chin
- Lip Flip
- Botox “sprinkles”
Botox for Men’s Frown Lines
As quoted in Forbes, Dr. Green summarized the demand for Botox for men. “Men are results driven, and non-invasive procedures with little or no down-time has a great appeal.” Botox can reduce frown lines on men via a series of small injections to the forehead. Botox relaxes muscles in the face, therefore reducing the prominence of wrinkles.
Another common use for Botox in the forehead is in the area known as the glabella area, which is the area between the eyebrows, also known as “11 lines” or “frown lines.” Male Botox patients generally require a slightly higher dose of Botox than female patients in this area, since their muscles are generally stronger.
The ultimate result of Botox for frown lines is a relaxation of the forehead, a relief to some migraines, and ultimately a simple method of rejuvenation. Patients feel that they don’t look “angry” or “worried” after their Botox treatments in their forehead lines and with the relaxation of facial muscles, comes a more youthful appearance.
How does Botox work?
Botox is a neurotoxin which inhibits the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This inhibitory effect blocks the nervous system and stops your muscles from contracting. By allowing the facial muscles to relax, the wrinkles and deeper creases are gone.
What can men expect from their first time Botox treatment?
Botox injections or any cosmetic injection may sound intimidating for first time patients. However, it would not be the number one most popular treatment in the United States if it was so difficult! First time patients would consult with Dr. Green in her private New York office. Medical photographs are taken for your personal medical record and documented for future comparisons. Dr. Green will explain Botox injection and any other dermal filler, like Juvederm, Sculptra, or Restylane, that you might want to combine during the same visit. Many patients request dermal fillers for their cheeks, temples, or jawline.
Botox works by blocking the nerve signals to the muscle in which it was injected, preventing muscle contraction, and ultimately relaxing fine lines and wrinkles. Botox injections do not need any numbing but if you are very sensitive to pain, a topical numbing cream can be applied to the treatment area one hour before the treatment. The injections themselves only take a few minutes. Dr. Green uses tiny needles to inject Botox into the treatment area, whether it be around the eyes (crow’s feet), dimpled chin, masseter muscle for facial slimming, glabella, forehead wrinkles, or platysymal neck bands and wrinkles. Botox will work both on treating fine lines and wrinkles but also as a means of preventing deep creases and wrinkles from forming. It is this mechanism of wrinkle prevention which is making Botox increase in popularity.
Medical indications of Botox for men
Besides cosmetic indications for Botox, Botox has numerous medical indications. One of the most popular uses for Botox is for the treatment of TMJ. The following is a list of the medical indications for Botox injections:
- Masseter muscle
- Hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating of the underarm area, as well as hands and feet, is a very popular indication for Botox injections.
- Pain management
- Bladder incontinence
- Strabismus (lazy eye)
Can Botox be used around the eyes for crow’s feet?
Botox Cosmetic is currently the only FDA approved neurotoxin that works as a treatment for both moderate and severe lines around the eyes. Most patients have used eye creams, retinoids, and various skin care products. However, the effect of aging, gravity, genetics, and sun damage, cannot always be averted by topical skin care. That is where Botox comes in! Botox is the most effective way to remove and treat the lines and creases around the eyes, which are typically the first signs of aging. Through Botox injections of the eye area, specifically the crow’s feet, you can instantly have a more youthful appearance.
Side effects for Botox for male patients
Make sure that you disclose all conditions and allergies before doing Botox, especially past surgeries and allergies, medicines you currently take and other cosmetic procedures undertaken in the past year. Some possible side effects may include redness or bruising at the treatment area, or headaches. Certain neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia, ALS, or Lambert-Eaton Syndrome may be at an increased risk of side effects. Flu-like symptoms have been reported as well. Rare side effects such as loss of muscle control, difficulty breathing, speaking, or swallowing, vision disturbances, and loss of bladder control have been reported.
It is advised to refrain from blood thinners, oral vitamins, or herbal supplements, which can cause bruising for one week before Botox injections. After your Botox injections, you should refrain from heavy exercise for 24 hours, and avoid saunas or steam rooms for 2 days, as this may exacerbate swelling.
Botox for Male Pattern Baldness? Myth.
Last but not least, we’ve seen a lot of queries about Botox’s effect on the scalp for male pattern baldness. However, this is based on a myth – Botox has no effect on baldness or hair growth. It is very important to instead make sure you choose the right dermatologist, like Dr. Green, who is an expert with these cosmetic procedures. Choosing the best dermatologist is critical in having the best cosmetic results with the least unwanted side effects.
Choosing the right dermatologist for Botox procedures
Dr. Michele S. Green is a board certified cosmetic dermatologist based in New York City. With over 25 years of experience in treating both female and male patients in her private New York office, Dr. Green is an expert in cosmetic injectables. It is important to do your research before choosing a specialist in the field of cosmetic dermatology. Google their qualifications and review their before and after patient photos to ensure that their results look natural.
25-34 year old man treated with Botox
The effects of Botox lasts from 3 to 6 months until the treated area muscles have regained ability to function and therefore re-form lines and wrinkles. Continued use of Botox at regular intervals will prevent new wrinkles from forming. Overall, treatments can be combined with other dermal fillers such as Belotero under the eyes for tear trough hollows, V-Beam laser treatment for rosacea, or Fraxel and Clear & Brilliant to brighten and rejuvenate skin from sun damage.
Botox For Men’s Forehead, Crow’s Feet & Glabella
Men are seeking the same cosmetic procedures as women, but the goals of men and women are slightly different when it comes to Botox.
Fine lines and wrinkles are the first signs of aging and the FDA approved Botox (Botulinum toxin type A) is one of the oldest cosmetic treatments available for wrinkles. Men are increasingly becoming more focused on their appearance. This once untapped market is growing exponentially as the use of social media rises with increasing numbers of online profiles. Male patients are getting Botox and dermal fillers to look better on instagram.
Men are seeking the same cosmetic procedures as women, but the goals of men and women are slightly different when it comes to Botox. More than 10 percent of all Botox procedures are currently received by male patients. Men want to be very discreet about the procedure and are mainly interested in non-invasive treatments and injectables such as Botox for the glabella (the space just above and between the eyebrows) and crow’s feet lines and cosmetic injection of wrinkles with dermal fillers such as Juvederm.
Aesthetic procedures such as Botox can benefit a man in the workplace. Men can combat ageism by doing minimal invasive aesthetic procedures that will give them the advantage of staying competitive for additional training and promotion within the workplace. The use of aesthetic procedures such as Botox for anti-aging and treating the glabella and crow’s feet lines among men has risen over the years. The media have dubbed this as ‘Brotox’. More and more men are looking for noninvasive cosmetic treatments to enhance their appearance and also give them an edge amongst their younger counterparts. The old taboo of the use of Botox being a feminine treatment has long flown out the window as the number of men doing Botox treatment rises.
Botox vs. Dermal fillers
Botox and fillers work in conjunction with each other but often treat entirely different areas. Most dermal fillers are composed of Hyaluronic acid (HA), like Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero. Botox and other neurotoxins are used for dynamic wrinkles, wrinkles which can be treated by stopping their movement. Dermal fillers best treat lines and creases which are seen at rest, such as the nasolabial area (smile line), chin, cheeks, or tear trough area. While they are completely different, Dr. Green often combines both modalities to treat fine lines and wrinkles during the same visit for the best cosmetic results.
Skincare for men
In addition to Botox, dermal fillers, and laser treatments, skin care is equally important for men. Using retinols, Vitamin C serums, hyaluronic acid, eye creams, and sun screen, are all paramount to maintaining healthy skin. Dr. Green was recently interviewed by Forbes with her products featured on “How MGSKINLABS products help you rise to corporate ascension” Dr. Green’s specially designed line of skincare helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, promote new collagen, and prevent more sun damage.
Botox for men gains in popularity
Men’s grooming was recently an untapped market. Today there has been more focus on men’s grooming which not only includes clothing, skin care products designed specifically for men but also cosmetic issues that are most important to men. Male patients are most concerned with their eleven lines (glabella), double chin, crow’s feet, nasolabial folds, razor bumps and abdomen. Men aren’t afraid of doing cosmetic procedures. They are most interested in “lunch time” procedures that are quick with no downtime. Facial wrinkles, frown lines and forehead wrinkles are popular Botox cosmetic procedures. Generally men prefer to avoid plastic surgery because of the length of downtime involved.
25 year old male treated with Botox in Glabella
Botox for Excess Sweating/Hyperhidosis
A common complaint amount men is having Botox for excess sweating. Men sweat a lot, and Botox is able to reduce sweat on the palms, soles, and underarms. Many men don’t have the confidence to shake hands because of the profuse amount of sweat or wear clothes which are easily ruined from sweating. Botox injections will block this excess sweating for up to six months after injection in the treatment area.
Botox for chronic migraines
Botox has been a boon for patients who suffer from chronic migraines. Botox was originally used to treat patients who were suffering from the pain associated with strabismus. During these injections, it was noted that the wrinkles around the eyes, crow’s feet, diminished. Similarly, Botox injections were discovered to benefit patients with chronic migraines. The FDA approved the use of Botox to treat migraines in 2010 and has been an enormously successful treatment since its release.
Do male patients require different amounts of Botox?
Men require more Botox at the injection site than women, as they have stronger facial muscles and they metabolize the product much faster than women. The typical male should have Botox injections every three to four months to prevent the full effects of previous Botox treatments from wearing off completely. The effects of Botox treatment for the glabella area also known as the “eleven lines” and crow’s feet are different for men. Men aren’t necessarily trying to look younger but mainly they do Botox as it helps them to put their best face forward by giving them a more relaxed and refreshed appearance.
How many units of Botox do men need around their forehead?
Since men have stronger muscles of facial expression than women, they require more units of Botox. Typically men will need at least 20 units of Botox for their foreheads, 30 units for frown lines, and a total of 30 units for the wrinkles around the eyes.
Who is a candidate for Botox treatments?
Every patient has their own reasons for having a Botox treatment. Some men have Botox to stay competitive at work, others to look less tired and more youthful. Dr. Green treats men of all ages, from their 20’s for wrinkle prevention to late 70’s for deeper creases, to relax these wrinkles and rejuvenate their overall appearance and look younger.
How do I get started with Botox today?
Dr. Michele Green is an expert Botox injector and a leader in NYC in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures with no recovery time. Make your appointment for a cosmetic consultation for Botox or other cosmetic treatments to look your best! To learn more about Botox and other cosmetic non-invasive procedures for men call 212 535 3088 or contact us online to book an appointment today.