More than a million men get cosmetic work done every year and that number continues to grow. Most of these are nonsurgical treatments such as CoolSculpting® and BOTOX® injections. At our Washington, D.C. practice, we offer a wide range of procedures that are ideal for men seeking to look more youthful and energetic.
Here’s a look at the 5 of the most popular treatments for men:
According to a study in the journal Cosmetic Dermatology, the number of American men that get BOTOX injections to relax the facial muscles and minimize lines and wrinkles has increased by over 258% over within the past decade. It’s important that a skilled injector who understands the difference between male and female faces performs the treatment. Most men seek reduced wrinkling, but not the smoothness that is usual goal for women.
Reduced Underarm Sweating
BOTOX is also approved by the FDA to treat hyperhidrosis—excessive underarm sweating—a condition that can be especially embarrassing in social and professional situations. In the same way that BOTOX limits the movement of facial muscles by blocking nerve signals, it blocks the nerve signals responsible for sweating, stopping the sweat glands from producing too much sweat.
Body sculpting or contouring for men, also known as “manscaping,” is a relatively new phenomenon for men who don’t need drastic weight loss surgery and only have a few problem areas. Body sculpting using CoolSculpting, an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment, “freezes” away fat. It can treat virtually any area of the body, with men most often targeting the abdominal region, fat under the chin (a double chin), and love handles.
Men are often self-conscious about excess hair on their backs or chests. Laser hair removal reduces hair in a relatively quick and painless procedure. Dr. Isaac uses the Gentle Lase and Gentle Nd Yag laser systems, which are long-pulse Alexandrite and Nd Yag lasers. These lasers emit gentle beams of light, which are absorbed by individual hair follicles. This laser energy destroys the hair follicles while leaving the surrounding skin untouched. After a series of sessions of laser hair removal, hair growth in treated areas will ultimately decline or stop altogether.
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical facial resurfacing technique performed in a series of about 5 to 10 treatments. Men favor this procedure because it’s non-invasive, takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and recovery time is as little as one to two days. Each treatment exfoliates the outermost layer of dead skin cells and vacuums them away, leaving skin softer and smoother as well as brighter and rejuvenated. The best results are usually seen by men between the ages of 35 and 50. MI Skin offers Dermasweep—a revolutionary device that painlessly and comfortably “sweeps” away dead skin cells using a bristle and vacuum system. It avoids the pain and irritation of traditional microdermabrasion systems, which use crystal particles to abrade the skin.
Almost all men want a prominent, “strong” chin and a well-defined jawline. One of the first signs of aging is loose neck skin and jowls that soften the angles that define the chin and jaw. Ultherapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound energy to both lift and tighten skin in this area.