Manicures, blowouts, laser hair removal… all cosmetic procedures that have been traditionally eschewed by men and loved by their female counterparts. However, in 2023, the tides are turning. Courtesy of the social media expectation to always be picture-perfect, an entire generation of men has begun to take an interest in the beauty game. While nail polish or a complicated skincare routine might be a step too far for some guys, more and more men are exploring Botox as a quick and minimally invasive way to turn back the clock.
There are a few subtle differences in the way men and women approach Botox treatment. While both men and women can enjoy the extensive cosmetic benefits of Botox, the treatment areas they pick and the results they’re looking for tend to differ. Where women may want to wow their friends with their rejuvenated appearance, men often opt for a more discreet, polished look that retains their facial definition.
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Here are the top four favored Botox zones for men looking for a subtle lift.
1. Forehead Lines
The forehead is one of the first places we notice the signs of aging, which makes Botox treatment in this area common among both sexes. Let’s look at an example: A skilled cosmetic injector from Denver with a Botox certification will typically inject between 10 and 30 units into several key areas on your forehead to block the signals between the nerves and the muscles, resulting in a smoother appearance and reducing the contractions that contribute to dynamic wrinkles.
2. Crow’s Feet
Crow’s feet, also known as lateral canthal lines, form in the outer corners of our eyes as we age. Essential aspects of life, such as laughing, crying, and frowning, all deepen wrinkles in this area over time. Genetics and sun exposure also play a part in how prominent these lines are on an individual, with research showing that crow’s feet tend to be more pronounced in men, possibly due to lower reported usage of sunglasses and sunscreen.
Fortunately, the appearance of crow’s feet can be greatly minimized with the application of Botox to the orbicularis oculi muscle around the eyes. The Botox will weaken the taut muscles to smooth and relax the area. Repeat treatments are required every 3-4 months to maintain the results.
3. Brow Lift
As outlined above, the difference between men’s and women’s Botox application tends to be the level of subtlety desired. For men wanting to achieve a more youthful appearance that still looks natural, a brow lift is a popular option. This treatment involves injecting Botox into the lateral parts of the eyebrows and the forehead muscles. Once injected, the muscles responsible for dragging down the brows will be relaxed, creating an alert and boyish appearance. The benefit of this treatment over a surgical brow lift is that the individual will retain the ability to show natural facial expressions, such as a raised eyebrow. Results generally last between 3-4 months before a touch-up is required.
Not all men are interested in Botox for aesthetic reasons. Some men seek Botox to treat conditions such as hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is the clinical name for excessive sweating, a condition that can lead to reduced self-confidence and fungal infections.
For individuals who cannot combat hyperhidrosis through antiperspirants and medications alone, a qualified injector can inject Botox directly into the sweat glands to block the nerve signals that cause the overproduction of perspiration. The number of injections and their locations will depend on the severity of the condition. Generally, clients can expect a significant reduction in their symptoms within a few days, with the treatment lasting up to 12 months.
While Botox was originally seen as a treatment primarily for women, more and more men are embracing this minimally invasive procedure, not to stop aging, but to age more gracefully. If you’re ready to subtly rejuvenate your look, book a consultation with a skilled provider today to discuss your treatment goals and whether Botox is right for you.