Cosmetic procedures for men are increasing in popularity. There are many reasons for this, but primarily it seems to be a way to stay competitive in the workplace. Non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures such as Botox or fillers are the preferred treatments for men looking to fight ageism. The share of people over 65 in the workplace has increased dramatically from 12% in 2000 to almost 19% in 2016. Simultaneously, there has been a 20% jump in all cosmetic procedures for men. It is not clear if there is a cause and effect, but I suspect it is connected.
According to the American Society for Plastic Surgery’s Statistics the top 5 non-surgical cosmetic procedures for men are: Botox, injectable wrinkle fillers, laser hair removal, photo rejuvenation, (treatment for brown spots or facial redness) and non-surgical skin tightening. Gentlemen, if you are considering cosmetic treatment options, read on to see what treatments may be right for you.
Botox, #1 in non-surgical cosmetic procedures for men: Botox works equally well for men and for women, although men may require slightly more Botox to achieve the same results. Botox functions to smooth out lines in the upper face. The most common areas of treatment are frown lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows and “crow’s feet”. Botox can help get rid of a scowling look and can make you look younger in a subtle way. The part most men like is that the procedure takes 15 min and there is no “downtime”. Treatment needs to be repeated every 4 months to maintain results. Cost varies depending on the number of treatment areas or units of Botox used as well as the zip code – range is $300-$600 per session.
Wrinkle Fillers or Soft Tissue Fillers: Injectable filler treatments for men have increased in popularity from 2015-2016. There are specific fillers for improving the “sunken cheeks” in athletic men with low body fat, and there are fillers designed to improve the folds between the nose and corner of the mouth. These treatments take 15-20 minutes in the office and are considered to have “no downtime”. Occasionally there may be temporary bruising or swelling at the treatment site. Cost is $600-$900 per vial of injectable filler depending on the product used.
Laser Hair Removal: In the past, men did not remove hair on the back and chest unless they were bodybuilders or competitive swimmers. Not so now; more and more men are opting for thinning out hair on the chest, back and shoulders. Laser hair removal can accomplish this with a focused light beam that targets the pigment in the hair root and destroys the follicle. Treatment duration is 30-60 minutes depending on the treatment area. Six or more treatments are needed for permanent hair reduction. Best results are obtained with light skin and dark hair. Laser hair removal does not work on blond or white hair. African American skin types are successfully treated with the Nd:Yag laser.
Laser or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment for brown spots or redness: Men with concerns about facial redness, broken blood vessels around the nose or brown age spots can opt for a laser or light treatment to improve their appearance. Either the pulsed dye laser or the IPL can gradually remove dilated blood vessels or brown spots over the course of a 4-6 treatments. Each treatment takes 15-20 minutes. There will be increased redness post treatment and possibly temporary darkening of brown spots for 7-10 days. Typically patients go to work the next day. Cost of treatment is $250-$400 per session.
Non-surgical skin tightening: This procedure is done using radiofrequency heat, ultrasound or lasers. It is growing in popularity for men and women and is now the 5th most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure for men.While a facelift is the “gold standard” for improving a sagging neck, for those not ready for surgery there is now an effective option. Ultherapy uses ultrasound to stimulate new collagen and repair the skin’s foundation. The result can be a more defined jawline, elevation of the eyebrows or reduced sagging in the neck. The procedure takes 1-1 ½ hours and costs in the range of $3000 depending on the area treated. We are pleased to offer this treatment at California Skin Institute Torrance within the next few weeks.
Men want to look their best, too! To celebrate Men’s Health Month (and Father’s Day), we are offering specials on all of these procedures for first timers. Schedule your consultation now to learn which option is right for you.
For a limited time, get 15% off any of these 5 top procedures that you have not previously received at CSI Torrance.