Cosmetic Procedures for Men for a Revitalized Appearance
Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures continue to remain popular among both women and men. In fact, more and more men are opting for these procedures, whether to combat signs of aging or simply to achieve a revitalized and refreshed look. Here are some of the most popular cosmetic procedures that many men are requesting, as well as a few tips for getting the best results.
Injectable Treatments for Men
Although many of the same treatments that are popular among women are also commonly performed for men, there are a few subtle differences between the respective treatment techniques. When it comes to injectables, men typically wish to avoid looking like they’ve obviously had something “done,” and they generally won’t use makeup to hide bruising and other side effects. For these reasons, it’s particularly important to work with a skilled cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist who has experience treating men to help you get the best results.
If lost facial volume is a concern, Juvéderm Voluma can be a great option for women and men, and Belotero, another hyaluronic acid based injectable, is a good choice for filling in lines and wrinkles. The results from these products are typically very natural-looking and subtle, making them excellent choices for men looking for a modest improvement in the appearance of their skin.
Botox is a type of neuromodulator, meaning that it temporarily relaxes the facial muscles that cause expression lines. It is very popular. However, this is where the expertise of your physician can come into play, as many doctors make the mistake of using too much Botox for men, because men tend to have stronger facial muscles than women. Using too much can lead to a “frozen” or very unnatural look.
An experienced physician, on the other hand, should be able to smooth away lines and wrinkles without completely hindering muscle movement, creating a natural look that’s perfect for men.
How to Avoid Bruising
Men may also want to take extra precautions to help avoid or minimize bruising that can sometimes occur after injectable wrinkle treatments. First, you should avoid taking NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen one to two weeks before your procedure, because these medications can thin the blood and therefore contribute to bruising (BMJ).
In addition, taking an arnica supplement, such as Arnika Forte Capsules, prior to your procedure can help to reduce bruising and swelling and speed the healing process. It can also help to reduce swelling if you avoid drinking alcohol 24 hours before your appointment.
Other Nonsurgical Procedures
While injections are certainly some of the most popular treatments for men, they’re not the only cosmetic procedures that men are requesting. Other effective nonsurgical procedures that can offer men great results include:
- Laser treatments that require little to no downtime can help to eliminate discoloration associated with sun damage, which is a common skin concern for men.
- Liposonix uses ultrasound technology to target and eliminate excess subcutaneous fat in the abdominal area while simultaneously tightening the skin. This can be an excellent choice for men struggling to achieve a more toned physique through diet and exercise alone.
- Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to tighten the skin on the face and neck, resulting in a better-defined jawline and a more youthful-looking complexion.
Topical Skin Care Solutions for Men
In addition to cosmetic procedures, there are a number of other ways that men can improve their appearance and achieve a younger, revitalized look and a renewed sense of self-confidence.
Men should also follow a daily skin care routine, even if that means only using a cleanser, sunscreen, and a moisturizer if needed. A survey by the Skin Cancer Foundation found that a surprising 70 percent of American men aren’t familiar with the warning signs of melanoma, and only about half reported using sunscreen in the previous year. Everyone–men and women alike–should wear at least SPF 15 every single day to keep their skin protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Aside from using a daily sunscreen, men are also encouraged to learn more about their unique skin type so that they can choose the right cleansers and moisturizers. Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” cleanser that you can pick up from the drugstore without first understanding the unique characteristics of your skin.
To learn more about how to find out which of the Baumann Skin Types you are, head over to www.SkinTypeSolutions, where you can also find a list of skin care products that have been STS-approved for each skin type.
Dr. Leslie Baumann, M.D. and her team at Baumann Cosmetic Dermatology believe in proof, not promises. World-recognized for both cosmetic and general dermatology, our treatment strategies rely exclusively on evidence-based, scientifically verified products and procedures that promote skin health and a natural appearance. We combine effective medical procedures with individualized instruction on proper skincare, nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle in order to maximize the health of the skin and body as a whole while minimizing the effects of aging. For more, visit Dr. Baumann’s blog for daily updates Monday through Friday, or inquire about an appointment through Derm.net.