In today’s active world, people are undeniably focused on staying in exceptional physical shape by working out, watching what they eat, and remaining active in order to attain a longer, more fulfilling life. Part of the pursuit of extended youth also includes maintaining a younger facial appearance. Women have more readily sought out cosmetic procedures to maintain their looks than their male counterparts. However, nowadays men are also focusing on the same visage goals.
One of the leading cosmetic procedures undergone by both men and women are Botox injections. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that in 2016, 453,281 men opted to undergo Botox injections and the cosmetic procedure’s popularity amongst males is only expected to grow. Here’s what you need to know about Botox injections for men, and some of the most common areas where they receive it.
What Exactly is Botox?
Botox is an injectable drug manufactured from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum toxin. It is a synthetic neurotoxin that is injected into key points on the face to block the body’s chemical signals that run from the nerve to the muscle. By ceasing the nerve signal’s ability to reach the muscle the muscle does not contract. Wrinkles, especially deep lines, are generally caused by the repeated contraction of the facial muscles which create permanent creases in the skin’s surface and underlying layers. Halting the muscle’s ability to contact helps keep the skin smooth and youthful. Botox injections are one of the best ways men can reduce wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows, crow’s feet around the eyes, and laugh lines.
How Long do the Botox Injections Last?
Botox injections usually last for up to six months before they need to be repeated.
Common Botox Injection Sites: Where You’ll Need It Most
Prior to injecting Botox into the skin, the doctor will create a map of dots on your face using a marker. The dots indicate each injection site. The most common injection areas are between the eyes, along the laugh lines, on the forehead, and along the crows feet beside the eyes. The chin and lips are other, less common, injection sites.
When to Start Botox
Physicians advise starting preventative measures before the lines and wrinkles become too deep. Early life injections of Botox can prevent lines and wrinkles from ever developing. However, Botox can be used at any age for a dramatic and more youthful appearance. Currently, the most common ages for a man to undergo the injections ranges from between 35 to 65 years old.
Men Shouldn’t Hesitate to Seek a Younger Appearance
In an admittedly ageist work environment, many men are finding that looking younger is an asset for their careers. Not to mention, that many men have delayed marriage and families while pursuing their professional goals during early life. At middle age a high majority of men find themselves in the dating world where physical youth is an asset for attracting a mate.
Many men worry about the stigma of seeking cosmetic procedures, but those taboos have been lifted in recent decades. Male celebrities and professionals have been actively touting their use and enthusiasm for Botox. There is no reason why a man who lives a healthy lifestyle and maintains his physical appearance should also not opt to combat fine lines and wrinkles to gain a more youthful, handsome appearance.
The medical professionals at Vargas Face & Skin Center are available to answer any questions you might have about Botox injections for men or any other cosmetic procedures. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation.