Media sources are catching wind of a trend and have even gone as far to give this trend a new name – Brotox. What once was a popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment for women has seen a flood of interest from men. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reported a 27 percent increase in Botox Cosmetic procedures in man in 2012. Cosmetic Dermatology and Men’s Fitness Magazine report a 258 percent increase in Botox injections for men over the past decade.
What’s Behind the Increased Interest?
Some of the interest in Botox deals with competition. With higher unemployment rates, men are feeling increased pressure to look their best in a very competitive market. These men opt for Botox rather than a more costly surgery that also requires a recovery time.
Another factor is the rising trend of men paying closer attention to their personal appearance. Men are working harder to look good at work and in their social lives. This is also why more men are seeking dermal fillers and skin rejuvenation treatments.
Things to Know About Botox Cosmetic
Botox Cosmetic is a safe, prescription medication first approved by the FDA to treat eyelid spasms. Since then, Botox also gained approval as a medication that helps smooth frown lines and crow’s feet. It can also help prevent these creases and lines from forming. View Botox before and after pictures to see how effective Botox is.
The prescription medication works by blocking nerve signals that cause muscle movement, temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles that lead to these creases, lines, and wrinkles. Over time, the nerves regenerate, so Botox is not a permanent fix. Injections usually last three or four months, though some patients claim the Botox worked for six months. To maintain the smoother facial skin, you need new treatments three or four times per year, but even once or twice a year will make a noticeable difference. If you skip treatments, your skin returns to how it looked before you underwent Botox injections.
For Botox Cosmetic to work, it must be injected into the muscle, not the skin. As a result, you will experience some discomfort during the injection, but it is no different than the discomfort you feel when having routine vaccinations.
Adverse side effects are uncommon. You might have pain and bruising at the injection site, but this fades quickly. Some people experience headaches and flu-like symptoms, but this is rare and tends to happen more in practices where the people performing the injections lack proper training in mixing and administering Botox.
Dr. Jessica Kulak is experienced in Botox and works alongside a Botox clinical instructor at The Naderi Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology. Before you make an appointment with Dr. Kulak, read Botox and Facial Filler FAQs. Men don’t have to live with their creases and lines. Botox treatments are quick and require no recovery time. To schedule your Botox consultation, call Dr. Kulak’s Chevy Chase, MD, office at (301) 222-2020 or her Reston, VA, office at (703) 481-0002.