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.
Millions of men and women receive Botox Cosmetic treatments each year, and countless aesthetic medical practices offer this service. It’s difficult to determine which practices will give the best results, so it’s important to do your homework. This includes looking at the physicians’ board certifications, licensing, educational background, and experience. However, Botox before and after photos are probably the easiest and fastest way to determine if a physician can give you natural-looking, beautiful results.
What to Look for in Botox Before and After Photos
You’ve likely seen Botox before and after photos on the official Botox Cosmetic website. The question isn’t “Does Botox work?” Rather, the question is, “Can this doctor give me good results using Botox?” The tool is only as good as the physician who uses it. You’ve seen great Botox results and horrible Botox results. How do you avoid the horrible Botox results? Choose a physician who is:
- a board-certified dermatologic surgeon
- has years of experience administering Botox to patients
- has plenty of Botox before and after photos to show you during your consultation
When examining before and after photos, you want to be able to ask your dermatologic surgeon questions about the results. You should be able to see a visible reduction in lines and wrinkles, but the results should look totally natural.
What Can I Expect From My Botox Before and After Photos?
Botox results vary from person to person. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Botox is a prescription product and a medical treatment. Botox isn’t for everyone and no two people will have identical results. That being said, your dermatologic surgeon can give you an idea of what kind of results you can expect to see based on your needs, expectations, and the amount of Botox used during treatment.
If you want to really see your results, we highly recommend consenting to taking before and after photos. Much of the time, as the results gradually appear over several days and up to 2 weeks, patients don’t notice their results as dramatically. Having before and after photos helps you see just how much of a difference the treatment made. It also prevents you from going too far with treatments or seeking out unrealistic expectations that lead to poor results.
Can I Trust Botox Before and After Photos I Find Online?
In the beauty industry, we have all gotten used to edited photos that are not a true representation of expected results. However, when you work with a board-certified dermatologic surgeon, the FDA and medical ethics ensure that you see and receive real, accurate depictions of results. If you’re working with a board-certified dermatologic surgeon in good standing who has an excellent reputation, you can rest assured that their Botox before and after photos depict real patient results.
If you don’t see a lot of Botox before and after photos on a provider’s website, don’t assume they don’t have the experience or results to show you. Many patients have approved their photos for use inside of the practice but haven’t given permission for publication in marketing materials. Your dermatologic surgeon likely has a large collection of Botox before and after photos to show you once you arrive for your consultation. While it would be nice to see more photos before that first appointment, feel comfortable and confident knowing that your doctor values patient privacy.
What About Dysport and Xeomin?
Botox isn’t the only wrinkle relaxer out there. Dysport is a popular Botox alternative that is also FDA-approved. While Dysport is similar to Botox in many ways, it has important differences that would make it a better treatment for some patients. Xeomin is another Botox alternative which operates a little differently than Dysport and Botox. None of these wrinkle relaxers is inherently better than the others; however, your dermatologic surgeon may find that one of these lesser known botulinum toxin wrinkle relaxers would be better for your unique needs.
Why Choose the LASSI for Botox in Indianapolis?
Our founder and medical director Dr. C. William Hanke is a board-certified dermatologic surgeon who has been injecting Botox Cosmetic for over 15 years. Additionally, he has been an investigator in clinical trials for Botox and Xeomin. While other Botox clinics will delegate Botox injections to nurses, Dr. Hanke personally treats each Botox patient himself. That’s part of the LASSI difference.
Schedule Your Botox Consultation Today
Are you ready to see what Botox can do for you? Let us help you with your own Botox before and after! Schedule a consultation with the LASSI today. We look forward to helping you look more youthful.
Botox Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction in Cosmetic Anti-Aging
“You’ll get botulism.” “Your face will freeze.” “You’ll look so unnatural.” Do these statements sound familiar? If you’ve considered trying Botox, chances are you’ve heard or read statements similar to these. You want to look younger, but the fear of botched results in the media makes you reluctant to try Botox. But is everything you’re hearing really the truth, or are they just Botox myths? Let’s set the story straight and learn what information is true and what’s false when it comes to Botox.
Botox Myths: How the Media Fuels Misinformation
The media is largely responsible for spreading Botox myths. A juicy headline about how a celebrity got a botched Botox treatment is great click-bait, and who hasn’t laughed at the way Botox is portrayed in movies and television? If you’ve watched Tim Allen’s comedic portrayal of Botox gone wrong in “Christmas with the Kranks” or laughed at “Scrubs” while watching Jordan try to make facial expressions with a “frozen” face, you’ve likely noticed a pattern in how the entertainment industry fuels Botox myths.
Based on news reports and representations in TV and film, it seems the media would like you to believe that negative results from Botox are the norm. The inability to control your facial muscles, having a stiff frozen face and being unable to express emotion are common themes. While these portrayals are amusing, the publicity surrounding them only focuses on what can go wrong after receiving Botox rather than how the treatment can deliver impressive results when performed by a qualified physician.
How Botched Botox Leads to Widely Believed Botox Myths
If you research the most common causes of undesirable Botox results, you’ll come across one major, common theme: botched results are typically caused by providers who are poorly trained, unlicensed, or otherwise unqualified to perform the procedure. It’s important to keep in mind that Botox is a medical procedure, so it must be performed by a qualified physician who has extensive experience and training in cosmetic injectables. Only then can you be assured of excellent results.
Questions to Ask Your Botox Provider
How can you find a physician with the necessary qualifications and training? When researching Botox providers, consider the following:
- Does the provider have training in facial anatomy?
- Is he/she trained, licensed, and board-certified in dermatology, dermatologic surgery, or similar specialties?
- How many years of experience do they have?
- Do they offer Botox before and after photos of patients that have been treated with Botox in their own practice?
- Are they using name-brand Botox in the original vial and packaging?
- Are they able to answer your questions about Botox and offer information on the procedure, including the most common side effects?
Top Botox Myths Debunked
Is Botox painful? Will my face look “frozen?” Is Botox only for women? Is the procedure unsafe? We’ve all heard these Botox myths over the years, and in short, the answer to all of these questions is no. Learn to separate fact from fiction as we explore some of the top Botox myths.
MYTH: Botox only works to correct the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
FACT: While it’s no secret that Botox is considered the gold standard for cosmetic anti-aging treatments, you might be surprised to learn that Botox was originally used to treat medical conditions. In fact, Botox first received FDA approval in 1989 for the treatment of two common eye disorders: strabismus and blepharospasm. Since then, Botox has been approved for other alternative uses including the treatment of excessive sweating, chronic migraines, overactive bladder, and cervical dystonia.
MYTH: The effects of Botox are permanent.
FACT: A common misconception of Botox is that the results are permanent, but it’s important to understand that it’s only a temporary treatment. Results typically last for 3-4 months.
MYTH: Botox injections are painful.
FACT: Anytime people think of needles, they think of pain. However, you can take comfort in knowing that Botox is injected into your skin using a very fine needle, and most patients report feeling nothing more than a slight pinch during treatment. If needed, your dermatologic surgeon can apply ice or a topical anesthetic to ensure total comfort during treatment.
MYTH: Botox will make your face look frozen and expressionless.
FACT: If you watch reality TV or flip through an entertainment magazine, you will no doubt be reminded of the number of celebrities who look strange or unnatural. Although the media would like you to believe that this frozen appearance is the norm, it’s simply not true. Like any cosmetic treatment, the quality of the results you receive from Botox depend on the training and licensing of your provider. If you’re concerned about looking unnatural or overdone, finding a qualified and experienced provider, such as a board-certified dermatologic surgeon, who works in a reputable location is the only way to ensure that you get the natural results you’re looking for.
MYTH: Only women get Botox.
FACT: Based on the entertainment industry and information you receive from health and beauty magazines, it would seem that Botox is intended only for women. Looking at statistics, however, you’ll see that both men and women take advantage of the benefits that Botox provides. In fact, research has shown that nearly 1 in 10 people receiving Botox are men. Many male celebrities have also “come out” as using Botox, including Denzel Washington and Patrick Dempsey.
MYTH: The results achieved from Botox are noticeable immediately.
FACT: Instantaneous smoothing of lines and wrinkles would certainly enhance the appeal of Botox, but this is just another common misconception. Botox works by temporarily relaxing the nerves controlling muscle movement, but this doesn’t happen right away. You won’t have to wait too long before you notice results, though. In general, most patients see a noticeable reduction in lines and wrinkles in just 3-7 days.
MYTH: Botox injections are too time-consuming.
FACT: No matter how busy your schedule, Botox can be administered efficiently and in a timely manner. Total treatment time takes about 10 minutes, and since there is no downtime with Botox, you can immediately resume your everyday activities.
MYTH: Since Botox contains a toxin, it is not a safe procedure.
FACT: We’ve saved the most popular of the many Botox myths out there for last. In 2002, the FDA determined that Botox was a safe and effective treatment for cosmetic anti-aging. Following FDA approval, all products continue to be monitored for safety. While it’s true that Botox contains the active ingredient botulinum toxin, it’s considered a safe treatment option that has a very low rate of serious side effects when performed by a board-certified dermatologic surgeon. In short, you don’t have to worry about contracting botulism while getting Botox injections from a reputable physician.
Get the Best Botox Results With Board-Certified Dermatologic Surgeons
With some of the most common Botox myths debunked, you might be ready to learn more about how you can benefit from the anti-aging results Botox delivers. Dr. C. William Hanke of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana is a leader in the field and can apply his knowledge and skill to give you the information and results you’re looking for. He has been a clinical investigator in a number of Botox clinical research trials. Since Dr. Hanke is consistently listed as a Top Doc in the U.S. News and World Report and featured in Best Doctors in America, you can feel comfortable knowing that you’ll receive quality treatment without the worry of botched results. If you’re in the Indianapolis area, contact us to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting you!