“Bro•Tox” aka Botox for Men

1Men have a growing interest in cosmetic dermatologic treatments. Wrinkles don’t just affect women, so it only makes sense that wrinkle treatments can be used by both MEN and women.  BOTOX has been used for cosmetic purposes to relax frown lines and crow’s feet for over  ten years now, and its use in men continues to grow rapidly annually.   Wrinkles are also not the only thing Botox is used for—often men use products such as Botox to decrease sweating, or hyperhidrosis in the armpits or hands.  This can help a socially annoying condition for up to a year!

Men often use BOTOX to get rid of wrinkles, frown lines, and achieve a generally smoother face for a more youthful, rested, and approachable look?  For all you guys who are worried that this procedure is just for women, fret not. BOTOX or “Bro-tox” for men, has seen a 258 percent increase between 2000 and 2010, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Bro-tox, which is the name given for male Botox injections, is on the rise as it is one of the most subtle  non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedures on the market.  The procedure is fast, virtually painless, and easy.   Bro-tox injections leave no signs of having “work done,” and men are able to get the smoothing, lifting and relaxed appearance without facing the stigma associated with cosmetic procedures. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2011 there has been a 56% increase in minimally invasive procedures in men such as brotox injections. The brotox injection is the most popular.   Increasing numbers of guys are considering non-invasive cosmetic procedures to appear more approachable, to stay competitive in an ever younger millennial workforce, and to generally increase their confidence.  Men and women have very differing  facial anatomy. Men’s skin is thicker, with more oil glands and more hair than female skin, and the aging process is different in the two genders. Women have more fat pads in their faces, and as time marches on the fat pads diminish and the skin begins to sag. Because men have less dense fat pads, the sagging process isn’t as apparent, but stronger muscles in the forehead and around the eyes can lead to deeper, etched lines in men. In general, men can be treated with the same Botox techniques as women, but often require more units to treat the larger muscles in their face. The most common cause of an inadequate result in male patients is under-dosing. Forehead lines require care, as many men with horizontal lines have low-positioned eyebrows, and excessive relaxation of the lower frontalis muscle can drop their brows further. Special consideration should be given to the masculine male brow when treating men.  Going to an experienced master injector such as Dr. Chiu is important to avoid a “done” or even feminized appearance.

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BOTOX is a low-concentrated neuromodulator  that blocks nerve impulses, causing the muscle to become temporarily paralyzed. The process relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles, reducing the appearance of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines. BOTOX can also be injected into the muscle and within days, the lines in your bow decrease and your brow line is elevated, leaving you a more youthful, relaxed looking face.  Often our patients state that the “11” lines between the brows make them appear angry or unapproachable, and that Botox softens this effect greatly.

Since this is a nonsurgical procedure, you can be in and out in no time. Pop by before work or after the gym for a quick fifteen-minute visit and look younger instantly. Patients are recommended to come every four to six months to receive new BOTOX injections.

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Another great use for Botox is for underarm sweating. Men and women both can benefit from this. Men sweat more than women, and the area of greatest concern is the underarms, although sometimes excessive sweating on the hands and feet can interfere with daily social interactions. The first long-term study of Botox injections in the treatment of the common sweating disorder shows the injections can safely reduce underarm sweat for up to two years. Botox Treatment of the underarm is a very fast (10-15 minutes) and nearly painless procedure when an appropriate numbing cream is applied.  How does Botox reduce underarm sweating? The drugs contained in the Botox treatment will send signals to the nerves to temporarily put a stop to the production of sweat in the underarms.  This is a very safe procedure that is also increasing in popularity.

Botox is one of the most easily administered and highly effective wrinkle treatments, and because of its efficacy, high degree of satisfaction, and affordability.

Our male patients are incredibly happy with their procedures, and we have an over 90% return rate for male patients here at The Derm Institute.  So be excited and encouraged to try it out! — Botox is not just for women!  A cosmetic consultation is all it takes to get the conversation started.