Cosmetic treatments are traditionally associated with women, but times are changing, and more men are opting to improve their appearance. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that there has been a 99% increase in the number of men having injectables. There are many reasons for this, including the desire to look under 40 in Silicon Valley. Throughout this article, we discuss the five most popular cosmetic treatments for men.
Dermal fillers are extremely popular among men and women. The treatment involves having a substance injected into the face – typically the face and lips. This type of treatment is designed to reduce wrinkles and add volume, without being permanent. Typically, dermal fillers last 6-18 months, but this depends on the location and substance used.
Smiles are infectious, so there’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable smiling. Misaligned teeth can lead to huge self-esteem issues, which is why tooth alignment is becoming more popular among men. Instead of having invasive procedures, it’s easier to take it slow and use aligners to straighten your teeth. By using clear aligners to straighten teeth, there are fewer risks involved, like infection and excessive bleeding.
Men are naturally hairy, but increasing numbers are embracing the art of manscaping, which involves styling hair for cosmetic purposes. Manscaping emerged in the early 2000s and was coined by the hosts of “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy”, but the act has been around since the Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, and other historical civilizations.
There are many different types of manscaping, including a simple shave and haircut. Some men feel uncomfortable with their body hair and decide to shave or wax, but this can lead to ingrown hairs and irritation. As an alternative, laser hair removal gets to work by pigmenting follicles and reducing hair growth – sometimes permanently.
Botox (Botulinum toxin) is a substance designed to inhibit neurotransmitters, which reduces wrinkles, including frown lines and crow’s feet. In men, Botox is used to reduce wrinkles and make men appear younger. Additionally, it can be applied to treat a range of medical conditions, including lazy eyes, neck spasms, and sweating excessively.
As with anything that changes the chemical balance of the body, there are side effects to be aware of, including:
- Excessive tears
- Flu symptoms
- Dry eyes
- Bruising around the injection site
In some extreme circumstances, Botox injections can lead to bladder problems, swallowing issues, loss of muscle control, and vision problems.
Chemical peels are used to remove the top layer of skin, which allows fresh-looking skin to grow back. When men have chemical peels, they typically target the chest, forearms, hands, and neck. Additionally, it can be used to treat brown spots, acne scars, ingrown hairs, and much more.
Social trends have shifted, and male self-care has become much more accepted. Usually, men use cosmetic treatments to look younger and healthy, as opposed to attempting to achieve beauty. Instead of invasive treatments and scarring risks, men prefer to have non-surgical cosmetic treatments.