20 Jul GQ Reveals “The Guy’s Guide to Botox”
More and more men are opting for cosmetic treatments, and it’s no surprise that Botox is one of the most in-demand—Botox (and fillers) have long been staple, routine treatments for those who want to look their best, turn back the clock, and skyrocket their confidence. At RefinedMD, we have also seen an increase in male patients interested in Botox, fillers, laser skin rejuvenation, microneedling, and other treatments. But is Botox different for men? Absolutely, which is one reason it’s essential to exclusively work with a skin care professional for all of your cosmetic treatments.
According to GQ, most men tend to notice lines along their forehead first and that’s the first treatment site. Alternatively, women typically focus on the “angry elevens” between the brows first. However, as we all get older, Botox injections become increasingly requested in the same areas: the brows, between the brows, the crow’s feet, and so on. Where a man vs. woman typically gets Botox first is just one of the differences. There may also be a difference in how many units are required. Men’s skin is naturally thicker, which means that they may require more units to achieve the same outcome as their female counterparts.
Men and Botox
Unlike women, men also often request Botox along the masseter (jawline). This can help build jaw definition as well as help to minimize teeth grinding. However, women are catching up. Today, many female clients are looking for a defined jaw a la Ariana Grande, so there has been an uptick in women wanting Botox at the jawline, too. Men often ask for Botox in the chin to build definition more so than women, but again this is an ideal that is starting to even out a bit. After all, a defined jawline (which includes the chin) is a sign of youth and slenderness for all sexes. Both men and women also depend on Botox for excessive sweating, but men struggle with this a little more than women.
Of course, Botox is not the only way to build and create definition. Combining dermal fillers with Botox has long been a favored coupling by women—and now men are catching up. Most dermal fillers are made with a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid (HA), which offers immediate results that can last several months depending on which type of filler you use, the injection site, and number of syringes.
Important Things to Keep in Mind for Your “First Time”
As men catch up with women when it comes to understanding the benefits of Botox, they also need to keep pace with best practices. For starters, this means the importance of avoiding exercise and sweating for at least 24 hours after their injection. It is possible to “sweat out” Botox before it settles, rendering your procedure futile. Some men ignore this recommendation, hitting the gym or going back to a labor-intensive job after the injections. It’s critical to always closely follow your injector’s instructions in order to get the best, longest-lasting results.
Not laying down for at least four hours after your injections is another best practice. Otherwise, there is the risk of Botox “traveling” to areas you don’t want treated. Even though Botox is temporary, nobody wants messed-up results for up to six months. There is no antidote to Botox, so in the rare case that a client does not follow instructions and ends up with “botched Botox,” typically the only “fix” is (surprisingly) more Botox.
How to Get the Best Botox Results
Unfortunately, there is a recent trend in young people in which they illegally buy Botox (or what they think is Botox) and self-inject. This has yielded disastrous results in some cases. The skill of the person injecting Botox is just as important as the Botox itself. You only want to work with a professional injector to ensure a safe and satisfying outcome. There are different techniques for different areas of the face and body, and not all injectors have the same experience and skill set.
At RefinedMD, we are proud to offer you the best treatments and the best providers. If you’re ready for Botox or fillers, you deserve to have the best injectors taking care of you. Contact RefinedMD by calling the office, completing the online contact form, or starting an online chat right now.