Botulinum toxin (BoNT-A), commonly known by its commercial name Botox, is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin is licensed as a drug and it is used in small doses to treat several health conditions, such as hyperhidrosis. It is also widely used in aesthetic medicine settings primarily for smoothing out wrinkles in different face compartments.
The use of Botox has become popular between men in recent years. Although men only account for roughly 10% of the BoNT-A procedures, the number of men treated with Botox injections rose by 381% in the US between 2000 and 2018, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery. So, let us to explain you what are the effects, considerations and expectations with Botox in men.
Are the effects of Botox on men and women the same?
Although there have been fewer studies on BoNT-A in men, the answer is men receiving BoNT-A injections respond to the toxin the same way as women. Everyone can benefit from cosmetic dermatology. However, when treating men, anatomical differences and doses adjustments should be considered for obtaining optimal results.
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Treating men with Botox
Is important to discuss there are main anatomical differences when carrying out an aesthetic consultation with men. For instance, men have a greater and often hyperkinetic muscle mass, which requires higher doses of Botox to achieve the desired effects. Studies show often twice as much Botox is required to get the same outcome in men compared to women. Furthermore, men have greater glabellar projections and larger foreheads, which tend to appear even larger as the hairline tends to recede with aging.
Likewise, men are likely to develop wrinkles in a more horizontal fashion compared to women and eyebrows in men are straighter. These considerations lead to a necessary adjustment in injection techniques to avoid feminization of the male features (unless a more feminine look is desired, obviously!)
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What should you expect during a consultation?
Men generally are not as comfortable to see a doctor as women and sometimes men are not as informed on all the possible aesthetic treatment options available for them. When visiting your aesthetic doctor’s office for the first time don’t be nervous.
At first, the doctor will ask you questions to understand what your concerns are and explain what best way is there to tackle them. Be honest about your expectations and do not be scared to ask questions and clarifications.
Secondly, the doctor will look closely at your face structure in static and dynamic situations to give you a short explanation of what the procedure is going to be and feel like.
Lastly, don’t be scared. Botox injections may sting a bit but are not painful and the procedure will only last a few minutes. Important to know that results are not immediate and you will not see any difference until 10 to 14 days after the procedure.
Men and Aesthetics
As men’s attitudes towards aesthetic treatments continue to evolve, it seems likely to expect a continued growth in the number of men opting for non-surgical interventions. Men are one of the fastest growing patient segments in aesthetics and represent a significant opportunity for practice development.
Both personal and professional forces are driving this trend, according to experts. As practitioners, gender specific differences should be taken into account both to anatomical variations and treatments outcomes. As a patient, you should see Botox as your best friend to hide signs of aging. Always remember that you can easily ask our online dermatologists to find out more about the treatment options available for you!
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Dr Carol Mastropierro is a practicing doctor in the UK, currently pursuing a degree in dermatology. Her passion is healthy skin.