Botox use in men has grown almost 300% in the last decade, as plastic surgery has become more mainstream and a competitive job market has made men feel pressure to look younger. Fillers are also becoming an attractive option for men who want to look younger without yet having the downtime or scars from a surgical procedure.
Botox works by stopping muscle movement that causes wrinkling. It’s used to smooth out wrinkles and lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes. lasts about 4 months, so you will need injections 3 times a year to maintain the result. The cost depends on how much is used, but in general, it is around $300 for one area and up to $900 to treat all the areas mentioned above.
Fillers are used in deeper folds or across the cheeks to help you look younger and less tired. Depending on the type of filler injected, the results will last 6-18 months.
There are some important things to keep in mind.
1. You want to go to someone familiar with injecting men. Most women want and arch in the brow and a very smooth look to the area once fully treated. A different approach should be taken for men to ensure that the result is masculine and natural.
2. Even though this is a no down time procedure, and most patients don’t have any bruising, there are a few guidelines to follow for before and after.
BEFORE: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, fish oil, or any other supplement that could thin your blood will increase your risk of bleeding unless you stop it 7-10 days before your injection. Also, alcohol should be avoided 1-2 days before or there will be a higher risk of bruising.
AFTER: No exercise for 4 hours, don’t lay flat for 4 hours after, and no flying for 24-48 hours. This is to prevent it spreading somewhere it shouldn’t.