Men who scoffed at aesthetic procedures just ten years ago are finding the treatments more attractive today— and in record numbers. Reports state the number of American men getting Botox soared 258% over the past decade. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports cosmetic procedures for men rose 22% from 2000 through 2012. So, why the increase? Why are men seeking to preserve their youthful presence? Many men have learned whether they’re job-hunting, dating, or staying competitive in a world emphasizing youthful appearance, they need some help to preserve their youthful glow.
Botulinum toxin injections (Botox) relaxes facial muscles to diminish facial lines and wrinkles. Botox lessens the signs of aging above the brow and around the eyes, including frown lines and crow’s feet. It takes approximately seven to ten days to see the full effect from your treatment and the results may last from 3-6 months. Most patients require additional treatments to remove wrinkles and lines as they return, but following each injection, the wrinkles return with less severity as these facial muscles become trained to relax.
Looking Like You Feel
Men are deciding toward Botox injections for more than a youthful appearance. They want to send the right message about their moods and disposition. Vertical lines which appear on the forehead between the brows may give a concerned or angry expression. This appearance can be problematic in personal and professional relationships.
Let’s face it; it’s a rat race out there in the job market. What men over 40 are finding is employers are looking for younger men for several positions. Many mature men have experienced a brutal reality in the job market:
- 43% of men aged 50 and older have met with employers concerned about their age
- 32% of men have heard they are overqualified
- Average length of unemployment for men over 55 is 50.4 weeks
Other stats suggest it takes baby-boomers much longer to find work after a job loss. Many of these men wish to look younger to overcome employers’ reluctance to hire an older employee.
It Was Her Idea!
Studies indicate men whose wives receive cosmetic procedures are more likely to follow her lead. An American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reveals men are more likely to receive cosmetic procedures if their partners have beat them to it.
Is the Cost Worth It?
Cosmetic treatments are elective and not covered under most medical health plans. Botox is an aesthetic treatment sold by the unit or per procedure. A health care provider applies the injectable protein to the muscle with a fine needle to minimize discomfort and maximize precision.
If you feel the procedure will help land a good job, then Botox is a good investment. But proceed with caution because the popularity of Botox has created many providers administering the treatment with little training or experience. A botched treatment can make for a poor investment with poor results.
When choosing a cosmetic health care provider, it is best to seek a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist who administers or oversees the procedure.
For more information, you can call ICLS Dermatology and Plastic Surgery at 905-842-2262 or contact us here.