Botox for Men Q & A
Botox for Men
About 10% of all cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2012 were on men, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is also For Men
BOTOX® Cosmetic has been clinically evaluated in male patients. 17.5% of patients treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic in clinical studies for moderate to severe frown lines were men. While in the clinical studies for moderate to severe crow’s feet the male patients comprised approximately 10% of the total.
The results? Botox Cosmetic was approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and moderate to severe crow’s feet in men.
When done correctly, Botox should give you a very natural look and should not result in a frozen or static look. In addition to softening or erasing some wrinkles, Botox can also be used to elevate the brow as well as the corners of the mouth.
What areas can be treated with Botox?
The so-called 11’s located between the brows is the most common area treated with Botox. This area, known as the Glabella, actually consists of 4 muscles that all need to be treated to have the maximum effect. Different patients have different strengths and sizes of these muscles and commonly men require more units in this area than women. That’s why Dr. Mest only charges by the unit, so you only have to pay for the amount that you, individually, require. Other very common areas to treat are the horizontal forehead lines as well as the lines near the eyes, the so-called “crows feet”. In addition, bunny lines of the nose are easily treated with Botox. Botox can also be used to elevate the brow as well as the corner of the mouth. It can also be used to treat an overactive muscle such as the obicularis oris and mentalis muscle that results in a pebbly chin appearance.
What is a Botox treatment like?
Botox is injected using a super-fine needle directly into the desired muscle. Ice is used to temporarily numb the area prior to injection. During injection, a mild pressure sensation may be felt which stops immediately after injection. No long-term discomfort is felt. The entire procedure takes less than 5 minutes, although Dr. Mest will spend more time with you discussing goals and desired effects prior to the procedure. Occasionally, patients will report a mild headache for a few days after an initial Botox treatment, which is easily treated with Tylenol. Although VERY rare, occasionally pinpoint bruising may occur. The chance of bruising can be reduced by avoiding products like Advil/Aleve, fish oil, Ginko, vitamin E and red wine for several days prior to your treatment.
What else can Botox be used for?
Since Botox works by preventing the release of Acetylcholine it can also work on sweat glands that also use this compound as their triggering mechanism. Thus, Botox can be used to treat the condition known as Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). For a large number of patients, this can cause a great deal of emotional distress. Whether it is from sweating through clothing or drenching sheets of paper as one writes, this condition is not just cosmetic. Previously, treatment options involved surgery to disrupt the sympathetic nervous system. Now, a few simple injections and the condition is resolved for several months. Clinically, the results can last 9-12 months before retreatment it needed. Both Axillary and Palmar (hands and feet) can be easily treated with minimal discomfort and no recovery time.
Botox has also shown to be effective in both Tension Headache as well as Migraine headaches. Although thought to be completely different causes, Botox, when placed in the appropriate muscles, seems to work for both conditions. Dr. Mest will assist you with the necessary codes to give to your insurance company.
Save on your Botox Treatment
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