The majority of my aesthetic treatment patients are women, but a growing number of men are choosing plastic surgery or nonsurgical procedures. Botox is one of the most popular. There are a few things that men should know before they schedule their first appointment.
Botox’s active ingredient is a diluted form of botulinum toxin. This neurotoxin works to block nerve signals to the muscles where it’s injected. Especially around the eyes and through the forehead, wrinkles and lines are caused by repetitive movement from making facial expressions. So, by injecting Botox, we can relax those muscles and soften wrinkles.
First, I will examine the area you are concerned about, determine whether Botox is the right treatment for you, and establish where injections should be made and how much product should be used. After cleaning the treatment area, we’ll do the injections. The actual injection process takes less than 5 minutes! Any redness or marks on your skin should quickly dissipate. Results start to be seen about 3 days after Botox injections. Results typically last about 3 months, so we can discuss a plan for maintenance injections during your consultation.
Botox is primarily used to reduce wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet), between the eyebrows (11 lines), or through the forehead. If you see wrinkles forming that you’re unhappy with when you squint, smile, frown, or raise your eyebrows, Botox can help.
Men usually choose Botox to boost their confidence. Many choose Botox to keep in line with a “look good, feel good” philosophy. When men feel better about their appearance, they often have increased confidence and performance at work and in social situations.
Botox can also be used to prevent new wrinkles from forming. For men, I typically recommend a more subtle change in their appearance to avoid feminizing the upper face.
Every patient shows signs of aging at different stages, depending on factors like their skin care routine, sun exposure over time, and genetics. Men as young as 25 might choose Botox to prevent wrinkles, while others begin the treatment in their mid-forties. The typical age to start Botox for both men and women is around 30-35. However, this choice is very personal and up to your own preferences.