Botox for men – everything you need to know
More and more men are turning to Botox to reduce the signs of ageing. In fact, it has become the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatment for men, with over 841,000 procedures taking place globally every year.
And it’s not just used for wrinkles or fine lines. Botox has many medical uses, including, treatment of migraines, excessive sweating and correcting ‘lazy’ eyes.
If you’re considering Botox, it’s worth looking into aftercare, prices and results first.
So, when it comes to Botox for men – what do you need to know?
15 to 40 units per area
Duration of results
Three to four months
Back to work
Full recovery time
One to two days
Starting at 56 SAR per unit
10 to 15 minutes
Optional pain relief
What is Botox?
Botox is a non-invasive procedure that uses botulinum toxin A from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.
When diluted and injected into specific areas of the face, this otherwise dangerous toxin helps to freeze muscles and can reduce wrinkles – producing a younger looking appearance.
Since its FDA approval in 2002, Botox has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world.
However, it’s a temporary measure, requiring regular top-ups to maintain the effect.
How long does Botox for men take?
There is very little difference between the way Botox is administered for men and women. The procedure is normally carried out in a clinic or doctor’s office and lasts about 10 to 15 minutes. The only thing that can make it different for men is you may need more units – this could be down both to the size of your facial features and how strong your muscle groups are.
The procedure normally follows this process:
- The clinician will use a very thin needle to inject small amounts of the botulinum toxin into specific muscles of the face, often around the eyes and forehead, depending on your concern.
- This will block nerve signals in the area, weakening muscle contraction.
As a result, the facial muscles around the eyes and forehead relax. This means fewer frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet.
Botox for men aftercare
Botox doesn’t require much recovery time at all. You’ll be able to return to work straight after your treatment, though there may be some minor swelling, redness and bruising for the first few days.
You should start to see the results of the treatment in three to five days, and the results should last about three to four months.
To get the best results and to make sure your Botox injections work properly, you’ll need to follow a few simple steps.
Do facial exercises
Gentle facial exercises can speed up the effects of your Botox treatment by up to a day. Stick to gentle movements like chewing motions or raising the eyebrows to lift the forehead.
Get some rest
Following your procedure, increased blood flow can cause your Botox injections to migrate to different parts of the face. This could cause bruising or drooping.
Avoid strenuous exercise such as weights, cardio, or inverted yoga positions for 24 hours after the treatment. Stick to gentle exercises, such as walking.
Let the Botox set
Your injections need time to set into position after the procedure, so don’t rub the treated areas or sleep on them.
It’s also best to avoid lying down for at least four hours after your procedure.
Avoid sun and alcohol
Your face might be red and sore after your Botox. During this time, it’s best to avoid the sun where possible as ultraviolet light can be harmful to skin – especially when it’s healing. You should avoid extended periods in direct sunlight and sunbeds for at least a week. But it’s fine to go outside to do day-to-day activities. Remember to always wear SPF.
Alcohol can make you dehydrated and inhibit your skin’s healing. Avoid drinking for at least 24 hours.
Soothe the area
You can use a cold pack or soothing gel to reduce soreness, swelling and redness on your face. But remember not to apply too much pressure for at least 24 hours.
There are occasional side-effects of Botox, which can include:
Droopy eyelids and double vision.
More severe side-effects can include difficulty swallowing or breathing. If you’re worried about how your treatment has affected you, speak to your clinician.
Botox for men facts
- The human face is the most expressive of any species on Earth. In fact, 43 separate muscles control our facial expressions.
- Botox has a range of applications outside the world of cosmetics. It can be used to treat depression, chronic headaches and more.
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