The total number of minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures for males has gone up 65% since the year 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2013 statistics report. Men make up 8% of the total number of these procedures. In fact, men underwent over 1 million minimally-invasive procedures in 2013.
The 5 most common non-surgical procedures for men are:
According to a survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, “Almost three quarters of all procedures performed in 2013 were minimally invasive. Of these, BOTOX® Cosmetic, made up approximately half of all minimally invasive procedures performed…” Over 385,000 BOTOX® procedures were performed on men in 2013, 6% of the total number of cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures. BOTOX® treatments for men have become so popular, names such as “Bro-Tox” have been coined.
BOTOX® is the trade name for botulinum toxin A, a toxin which causes temporary muscle weakness. While BOTOX® is the most popular botulinum toxin A used, Dysport® and Xeomin® are also widely used. Botulinum toxin A is generally used to treat “crow’s feet,” wrinkles of the forehead and vertical frown lines between the eyebrows. The procedure takes only 5-10 minutes to perform. Patients can return to normal activity immediately after this procedure. Intense activity, such as exercise, may be resumed after 24 hours. BOTOX® injections carry minor side effects such as bruising, swelling and redness which resolve quickly. More severe side effects, like double-vision and drooping of the eyelid, are very uncommon but serious. Due to these risks, it is important to receive these injections from a trained physician with extensive experience and knowledge of facial anatomy.
- Laser Hair Removal
For removing unwanted hair, such as on the upper lip, chest or back, laser hair removal offers a quick and effective solution. Laser hair removal works by delivering pulses of intense light which produces damage to the underlying hair follicle. Generally, this procedure needs to be performed multiple times, usually 3 to 6 times, to be fully effective. It is performed in a plastic surgeon’s office by a nurse or physician and takes about 30-60 minutes per treatment. Although there are usually limited side effects, in rare cases, scarring and skin discoloration have occurred.
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin treatment that improves skin texture and tone by removing the top layer of dead skin cells. After removing this layer the skin appears both refreshed and rejuvenated. This treatment is usually performed by a nurse or an aesthetician (skin care specialist). This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to perform, has no down-time and is pain-free with very limited risks. Patients that undergo this procedure may return to normal activity right away.
- Soft Tissue Fillers
Soft tissue fillers are generally used to smooth out wrinkles and restore volume to the face. There are two main types of filler materials. Calcium hydroxyapatite is the first category, such as RADIESSE®. The second category is hyaluronic acid (HA). HA fillers such as JUVÉDERM®, Restylane® and Perlane®, and BELOTERO BALANCE®. When comparing these two types of fillers it’s important to keep in mind that HA fillers do not last as long as hydroxyapatite fillers. The exception to this rule is JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, the only hyaluronic acid filler that is FDA-approved to treat volume loss of the mid-face. In fact, this filler can last up to two years.
Soft tissues fillers can be done conveniently in a plastic surgeon’s office in 30 minutes or less with minimal pain. The most common side effects are bruising and swelling, which may last several days to weeks. Although it varies by state, soft tissue fillers are most commonly performed by a physician only. In Ohio both physicians and appropriately trained nurses can perform these treatments.
- Chemical Peels
Like microdermabrasion, chemical peels are a non-invasive cosmetic facial procedure which exfoliates, or removes the top layer of skin cells, to improve skin tone and texture. Some medical-grade chemical peels even treat facial pigmentation and skin diseases such as acne or rosacea. Chemical peels are performed by a nurse or skin care specialist. A chemical peel takes around 30 minutes and there is no associated downtime with this procedure. Minor skin irritation and redness are the most common side effects, but typically last less than 24 hours.
Dr. Harmych is an expert in all of these procedures. He has a passion for providing facial plastic surgery and skin care for men to help them achieve their goals for their appearance. As a board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Harmych understands the subtle nuances and anatomical differences between the facial bone structure, soft tissue composition and skin of males and females.
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