The appearance of wrinkles on a man’s faces can be seen as a sign of maturity and wisdom. However, when these lines appear prematurely or leave deep impressions on the skin, they can accelerate the look of aging and convey negative emotions such as worry anger or sadness.
Removing wrinkles or softening deep lines of the face does not mean having to tolerate a “frozen” appearance. Increasing numbers of men are looking to selectively eliminate lines and wrinkles for a younger, more confident, and masculine appearance.
There are two main types of injectable treatments that can greatly delay the need for more invasive procedures to lift and remove excess skin.
1) Wrinkle relaxers such as Botox and Dysport, which directly affect the muscles that cause wrinkling. In men, these treatments are primarily used on the strong muscles between the eyes and central forehead but are also commonly used around the eyes and for frown lines. Treatment must account for the stronger facial muscles of men as well as the effect for accentuation of masculine features. The procedure is performed in the office, takes approximately 15 minutes and you can return to work immediately. Full results are visible in 3-5 days and typically last in the range of 3 to 6 months.
2) Dermal fillers are used to add volume for better contours as well as to soften lines left by wrinkles and facial expressions. These products work by replacing the naturally occurring support structures under the skin wherever years of strong muscle activity have weakened and depleted tissue elasticity and volume. The type of product used is tailored to the expected result and geared toward maintaining the natural feel of tissue in a given area. Longevity commonly ranges from 1-2 years for fillers that produce immediate results, while those relying on slower tissue changes can last 8-10 years once their result is achieved.
The natural looking result of targeted wrinkle reduction is a great way to achieve that sought-after fresh and rejuvenated look for a boost in confidence and the best first impressions.
Dr. Beck is a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures for men.