Botox® is becoming more and more popular for men, and for good reason! Botox® relaxes underlying muscles and reduces (often eliminating) overlying wrinkles. This gives you a more rested, relaxed appearance. As a result, men often report that Botox® treatment helps them feel more confident in their personal and professional lives. When properly applied, Botox® never gives the “pulled” or “plastic” look.
How Does Botox® Work?
Botox® is a neuromodulator called botulinum toxin, a substance purified from Clostridia botulinum. Botox® inhibits the release of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter molecule) from the nerves that interact with muscle. Inhibition of the release of acetylcholine prevents muscles from responding and contracting to the signal from the nerve. Therefore, the muscles do not contract (at least not as hard), and the skin overlying the particular muscles targeted does not wrinkle.
Why Should Males Get Botox®?
Basically, Botox® will dramatically help keep you from looking old, angry, and tired. So, unless your goal is to look this way, you may want to consider Botox®. If you already think that you look tired, older than you feel, or angry, Botox® is definitely something that you may want to consider, as it usually helps to significantly reverse these undesirable appearances.
Brotox Commonly Asked Questions
How much Botox® do I need?
This varies significantly from person to person. However, the general recommendation is that 15-20 units of Botox® are required to effectively treat an area. The primary “areas” are 1) the space between your eyebrows (glabella); 2) your forehead; 3) the areas just lateral to your eyes (crows’ feet). In general, males have a bit more strength to their facial muscles compared to females, and require at least 20 units per area, especially when considering the glabella (the area between the eyebrows) and the forehead. Males typically receive 50-60 units of Botox® per treatment to be effective.
What happens if I want to “go light” on Botox®?
If you would like less than the recommended 15 units of Botox® per area treated, you are more than welcome to. However, due to the mechanism of action of botulinum toxin, the effects of Botox® very well may not last more than two months. This is not due to an error in placement; it is simply how the molecule works.
How long will Botox® last?
Botox® will normally last three to four months when the recommended 15-20 units of Botox® per area treated are used. This will vary among individuals.
Will Botox® make me look feminine?
In short, no. Botox® will reduce unwanted wrinkles and lines, but has nothing to do with underlying bone structure and other features typical of the male.
Some medical practices/spas charge by the area treated. Do you?
At Stephan Surgical Arts, we charge by the unit of Botox®, not by the area treated. We do this to be fair and transparent with our patients. Many places that charge by the area do not tell their patients how many units were used, leaving you in the dark (and wondering if you truly got a good deal or not).
Will Botox® make me look “plastic”?
No. When properly administered, Botox® will not make you look “plastic”, like it has been parodied in some movies. This is an unfortunate misconception used by filmmakers to try to make their movie(s) funny. They don’t know what they are talking about.
What are the risks of Botox®?
There are few significant risks with Botox®. The more common risks include bruising (generally very mild if any at all) and asymmetry. It is important to go to a well trained professional for your treatment in order to avoid adverse outcomes.
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