Why should men get Botox?

Although women still make up the majority of Botox procedures, “Brotox” is quickly gaining popularity. Men often complain about looking angry due to the wrinkles around the brow area, or looking tired due to fine lines around the eyes. Wrinkles can make you look older, more tired, or angrier than you are. Procedures such as Botox can reverse these effects, and restore a more youthful look while preventing more permanent, deep set wrinkles from forming.

What is Botox and what is it for?

Botox (also known as Botulinum Toxin) was the first FDA-approved treatment to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Repeated muscle movement from frowning, squinting, or raising eyebrows causes the skin to fold, gradually resulting in the formation of wrinkles. Botox works beneath the surface to temporarily relax overactive muscles, delivering predictable, subtle results, so you look like you, only with less noticeable wrinkles. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Botoxhas been the #1 aesthetic proceduresince 1999. In 2018 there were almost 2 million Botox treatments performed in the United States.

The most common places men get Botox are;

  • in the forehead to reduce wrinkles
  • between the eyebrows to target frown lines
  • the corners of the eyes to prevent crow’s feet
  • around the mouth to target laugh lines

Unlike facelifts and brow lifts, Botox is a quick and relatively painless treatment with minimal downtime. In fact, Botox is often referred to as a “lunchtime procedure” because it is quick and easy enough to have done on a lunch break and be back at work on the same day. While there is no recovery time for Botox, you may experience some slight swelling or bruising around injection sites. Botox injections should only be performed by a licensed medical professional; such as a doctor, physician’s assistant, or nurse.

You may begin to notice visible smoothing wrinkles within 24 to 48 hours, but Botox takes about 2 weeks to reach its peak effect. The effects of Botox aren’t permanent and will begin to wear off within 3 to 4 months. If you want to maintain the same appearance, you’ll have to continue getting injections.