Botox is popular, and men are catching on! In the past, Botox was considered a little taboo, even for women. Today, many men are uncomfortable admitting they get skin care treatments. Others, however, proudly endorse Botox for men! Who are these men who fearlessly walk into dermatology practices across the country in search of anti-aging and “beauty” treatments? What is behind this new BROtox trend?
Botox for Men in Indianapolis
While men tend to wait longer than women to seek professional skin treatments for anti-aging and rejuvenation, Botox for men is increasingly popular. As it turns out, men are just as concerned about their appearance as women are.
Shocking? Of course not.
Like women, men get frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. And while men’s faces age a little differently than women’s and require a different method of Botox injection, Botox for men is safe and effective.
More Men Are Trying Botox Than Ever Before
Botox Cosmetic was first FDA-approved in 2002; it has more than 10 FDA-approved uses for both cosmetic and medical applications. This track record appeals to men who are ready to look younger and more energetic.
While it took men much longer to embrace Botox, their numbers are rapidly increasing. According to a survey of aesthetic surgeons, about 20 percent of their clients are men, which is an increase over the last few years. Botox for men accounts for approximately 10 percent of all cosmetic procedures among physicians surveyed.
Why Men are Trying Botox
Like women, men have seen the benefits that looking younger has for career prospects. Dating also plays a role in the decision to try Botox for men. Many men just want to look as good as their significant others who have already been getting Botox for years. Men and women have also seen natural-looking results, realizing that Botox in the hands of the best dermatologists won’t make you look “frozen.”
Special Considerations for Male Botox Patients
While Botox is safe and effective for men and women and results can look natural and youthful, men require a different approach than women. For example, male skin is thicker and tougher than female skin. Male facial anatomy is also different than female facial anatomy. The facial shape must be preserved, so Botox application is different for men and women. To ensure the best results, it’s crucial to see a dermatologic surgeon who is experienced in treating male and female patients. Dermatologic surgeons are experts in both skin and facial anatomy, making them uniquely qualified to administer Botox for men and women.
Popular Botox Treatment Areas for Men
While very common among women, preventive Botox for men is not as popular; men are most often concerned with reversing the signs of aging. At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, men most often request Botox for:
- Crow’s Feet: fine lines that emerge from the outer corners of the eyes
- Forehead Lines: horizontal lines across the forehead
- Frown Lines: vertical lines between the eyebrows, also called the 11s.
There are other uses for Botox that men will often request, but these are the most popular. If you have neck or facial aging that concerns you, contact us to schedule a consultation. We’ll go over your needs, medical history, and determine which treatment(s) will be best for your needs and goals.
BROtox for Crow’s Feet
While some men enjoy their crow’s feet because they feel they look more “distinguished,” others aren’t fans of this look. Then there are men who like a little bit of “wisdom” around the eyes but don’t like it when the lines get too long.
While results will vary from patient to patient, Botox works very well for crow’s feet in men and women. A little goes a long way; for some patients, Dysport may be more effective in this treatment area. Dysport is a popular Botox alternative that behaves a little differently than Botox. Ask your dermatologist if Dysport may be a good option for you.
BROtox for Forehead Lines
Treating forehead lines requires an expert touch because men who have horizontal forehead wrinkles may also have low-positioned eyebrows. This means that relaxing the muscles surrounding the eyebrows may relax the lines and wrinkles further. At the LASSI, we are aware of this occurrence and will take steps to avoid it if your face is aging this way. Again, we must stress this again, it’s crucial that you see a dermatologic surgeon who understands the differences between male and female facial anatomy.
Your face won’t freeze; your forehead muscles that create these horizontal expression lines will relax. This minimizes the appearance of the lines and slows their progression over time. You will still be able to express yourself and raise your eyebrows.
BROtox for Frown Lines
If you have especially stubborn frown lines that have formed between your eyebrows, Botox can help. Botox alternatives Dysport and Xeomin can also work in this area. Your dermatologic surgeon will work with you to decide which of these wrinkle relaxers is right for you.
Frown lines are a particularly popular treatment area for men. Frown lines tend to make us look perpetually angry. By softening these lines, your entire face can look more relaxed and friendly.
Botox for Men with Teeth Grinding/Bruxism
In addition to its cosmetic benefits, Botox can be used to treat teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Bruxism is problematic because it causes jaw pain, headaches, and tooth damage. Botox can treat it by relaxing the muscles in the jaw. However, Botox can also soften a square, masculine-looking jawline, giving it a more feminine appearance.
To avoid any unwanted results, be sure to seek treatment in a dermatology practice. For Botox to affect the look of your jaw, fairly substantial dosages are required. Therefore, it’s important to see a dermatologic surgeon who has experience with Botox-based treatments for teeth grinding. It’s also important to note that this use for Botox is off-label, meaning that while most physicians consider it safe and effective, it has not been cleared by the FDA for this use.
Botox for Men with Hyperhidrosis/Excessive Sweating
Men most often seek Botox for the first time because they hear it’s effective for sweat reduction. If you have hyperhidrosis, a medical condition that causes you to sweat too much, Botox is an FDA-cleared option. If you’ve tried prescription strength antiperspirants that haven’t worked for you, Botox is a safe, effective solution trusted by men and women across the country.
Botox for Men with Migraines
Migraine headaches are intense, and many patients don’t find relief with traditional prescriptions. Botox is FDA-approved to treat and prevent migraine headaches in patients who have tried everything else without much relief. The requirements to qualify for Botox to treat migraines is specific, so it’s important to do your research and discuss this as an option with your primary care physician.
Botox for Men FAQ
For men seeking more information about Botox, we recommend visiting our Botox Cosmetic page to learn more. We answer many of the common questions about Botox. However, if you have specific questions relating to Botox for men, we recommend calling our practice to speak with a staff member. Schedule a consultation to learn more about how Botox can help you with your unique goals. In the meantime, here are some common questions men have about Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin treatments.
Will Botox make me look more feminine?
In the wrong hands, Botox can make a male patient look more feminine and botched results are a real possibility. It’s important to do your research and determine which dermatologists are the best Botox injectors in your area. By choosing a dermatologic surgeon, you ensure you’re in the hands of a physician, surgeon, and skin aging expert. In the hands of a dermatologic surgeon who has experience treating men with Botox injections, you will have amazing results while retaining your masculine features.
Will Botox freeze my face?
A tool in the hands of an inexperienced person will yield poor results. Is it the tool’s fault? No. By giving that tool to a more experienced dermatologist, you improve the results. It’s true of the tools in your toolbox and a syringe of Botox. Choose an experienced dermatologic surgeon who understands male facial anatomy and won’t over-inject. You may also be interested in reading our article about Botox Myths Debunked.
What should I expect during my Botox treatment?
We use a very fine gauge needle to inject Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. Most patients report a small pinch with each injection. However, if you prefer to receive some numbing, we can provide you with ice to numb the area prior to your treatment.
During the Botox treatment, your dermatologic surgeon will perform a series of injections. Each injection will insert a small amount of Botox precisely into the muscle. Injection points are determined by the treatment area and your desired results. If this is your first Botox treatment, your dermatologist may inject less than what you will ultimately need to make sure they don’t over-inject. When you return for a follow-up appointment, your dermatologist will evaluate your results and add more Botox, if necessary.
How long will my Botox last? Is it different for men and women?
Botox results typically last 3-4 months, but this depends on your metabolism. Patients with a higher metabolism tend to see that their Botox results don’t last as long. If you weren’t injected with enough Botox, your results may not last as long. It is important to discuss expectations for your needs with your dermatologist.
Will I require more Botox units than a female patient would?
The required amount of Botox varies from patient to patient. Units are determined by your treatment area, how much aging has taken place, and your desired results. Don’t judge your needs against someone else’s needs; you are a unique patient with individual goals.
Do you have another question relating to Botox for men? Call the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana to speak with our staff and schedule a consultation today.
Try Botox for Men in Indianapolis at the LASSI
Society and cultural norms are always evolving. In the professional world as well as in many metropolitan areas, men are becoming more interested in looking younger and healthier. This means that many of them are embracing the use of Botox. At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, we’ll use the latest Botox techniques to help you keep your youthful appearance. Our founder, Dr. C. William Hanke, MD, FACP, is a world-renowned expert in the field of dermatology. He is the first physician in the country to be awarded the triple professorship. He has lectured and performed live surgery in several countries around the world, and he was named a Top Doc by U.S News and World Report and Indianapolis Monthly. Contact us at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana to schedule an appointment for a consultation today. The best Botox in Indianapolis is accessible to you.