Men are deciding to improve their looks and confidence with various facial procedures. It’s shown that the number of cosmetic procedures men get is increasing steadily, even as women continue to dominate the industry in terms of statistics. With more men becoming interested in cosmetic procedures for the face and body, it’s helpful to see just what kind of treatments are popular among this growing demographic.
1. Botox® Injections
Botox® is the most popular brand of neuromodulators. It’s a drug made from the toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It is used cosmetically in the form of injections. Botox® is FDA-approved to treat wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and other lines caused by the flexing of facial muscles.
People love Botox® partially because there is no downtime and it’s a relatively quick procedure. Patients can resume all daily activities within 24 hours of injection, and there are few side effects when injected by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Rex Moulton-Barrett. Swelling, bruising, or pinpoint bleeding are potential minor side effects of Botox®. Severe side effects like drooping eyelids or double vision are rare.
2. Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a procedure that’s exceedingly effective at permanent hair removal from nearly anywhere on the body. During laser hair removal sessions, Dr. Moulton-Barrett uses a handheld laser device that selectively targets hair follicles in the skin to heat and destroy them. Common areas men seek for laser hair removal include the chest, back, and hands. Sessions last 30-60 minutes and usually require 3 or more sessions to permanently remove hair in a treated area.
Microdermabrasion involves removing the topmost layer of skin with a handheld device. Removing old, dead cells gives the face a look of renewed vitality. The skin tone can be improved and skin will look smooth and more radiant. A microdermabrasion session can be done by an esthetician or nurse, and each session may take about 30-60 minutes. This procedure has no downtime and is extremely low-risk for men in Alameda and Oakland, CA.
4. Injectable Fillers
When you’re looking to fill out wrinkles and lines or restore fullness and volume to the face, fillers may be the right choice. There are two types of fillers that can be used: Fillers that are hyaluronic acid-based and fillers that are calcium hydroxylapatite-based. Hyaluronic acid fillers are known to not last as long as the calcium hydroxylapatite fillers, but they are both effective and can be used in nearly any part of the face to naturally smooth out deep lines and moderate wrinkles. Although the treatment is nearly painless and requires little downtime, the risk of complications if performed by anyone other than a board-certified plastic surgeon is serious. A session for injectable fillers may last 30-60 minutes. There is no real downtime, but bruising and some swelling are possible afterward.
5. Chemical Peels
For men with aging skin, or who suffer from conditions like chronic acne, uneven skin tone, or rosacea, a chemical peel may be a good option. Chemical peels work by using chemicals to remove predetermined layers of skin. In doing this, the skin’s appearance can be significantly improved. The skin looks brighter, younger, clearer, and more even after healing. Chemical peels take about 30 minutes. They are performed by a nurse or a trained skincare specialist. There is no downtime afterward. Patients may experience some skin irritation and redness. When that happens, they generally go away within 24 hours.
Plastic Surgery in Alameda, CA
The stigma of cosmetic treatments is fading, and men are increasingly enjoying the benefits of procedures like the ones mentioned in this article. To learn more about what services we offer at our Brentwood and Alameda office locations and schedule your visit, contact us online or call the nearest location today!