It may seem that mostly women are looking for ways to fight the aging process and find solutions to the effects that time and the environment have on skin. But that’s not the case. In the past 15 years, the number of men looking for those very same solutions has more than doubled.
While simple procedures like Botox are often the most popular, there are other procedures that men are opting for more and more these days. And it’s not all that surprising. Societal pressure to maintain a youthful appearance isn’t just affecting women.
A quick glance through men’s magazines show just as many advertisements of impossible bodies and perfect, lineless faces, flawless hairlines, and other idealized looks. Men are feeling the push now more than ever, especially as baby boomers and Gen Xers are hitting those decades where they are starting to miss that youthful look. At Dermatology Associates, P.C., we can help.
In 2012 alone, men accounted for 10 percent of total cosmetic procedures. While that may seem like a small number, it’s actually representative of a consistent rise — a more than 100 percent increase, in fact, in just over a decade. We offer a number of procedures for our male clients. Let’s take a closer look at the most popular ones.
Botox: This popular intramuscular injection is quick, convenient, and shows long-lasting results. The injections take less time than the average lunch hour, and can be done right in our office. The most common problems men are looking to improve with Botox are crow’s feet and similar dynamic wrinkles under and around the eyes, moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, deep forehead wrinkles, and improving the appearance of an overly square-shaped jaw to get a more rounded appearance.
Sublative Treatment for Acne Scars: This radiofrequency wave-based technology uses “gentle energy currents” to treat a wide variety of skin concerns — including loose, lax skin, acne and blemish scars, rough or irregular skin texture; and sun damage. For men who suffered from acne and have the scars and blemishes to prove it, this entirely non-invasive/non-surgical treatment offers impressive results, all in less than one hour with minimal downtime. Sublative is safe for all skin types.
VBeam Laser: For men who have visible veins, broken blood vessels, and redness on the face, including that from rosacea, this laser treatment may be the answer. It is a pulsed dye laser that specifically targets the blood vessels and heats them until they collapse. There is little to no discomfort, thanks to a cooling spray that is used at the same time as the laser. It is safe, effective, and has minimal side effects or downtime.
SkinMedica Chemical Peels: Chemical peels offer an effective way to deal with common skin issues, including wrinkles, lines, rough texture, and general skin rejuvenation. SkinMedica peels in particular can treat problems that are mild to severe, depending on the peel used and how many treatments are needed.
Laser Hair Removal: Excessive body hair is a problem that concerns many men, particularly when it comes to areas like the back and shoulders. Laser hair removal offers a safe and, in some cases with repeated treatment, permanent solution. This precise hair removal treatment directly targets the hair follicle and leaves the surrounding skin alone. The procedure is reasonably quick, though the actual time depends on how large of an area you are having treated. And because hair grows at different rates, repeated sessions will be necessary for the longest-lasting results.
It’s clear that men want a place they can go to and trust in order to try to get back to a more youthful, fresher, healthier appearance. Non-invasive procedures tend to be very popular, as the idea of a “lunchtime” fix without noticeable downtime that might mean loss of time at work is tempting — work pressure is still very high for men, so not having to lose days or even weeks to post-operative recovery is important.
Call Dermatology Associates, P.C. today to make a consultation appointment. We are here to answer your questions about the best treatment options for men.