In 2014, men between the ages of 40 and 70 elected to undergo over 1 million non-invasive, cosmetic skin treatments, specifically laser skin resurfacing, Botox injections and laser hair removal. In addition, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that the number of middle-aged and senior men opting for aesthetic procedures increased 273% since 1997!
It’s no secret that competition in the workplace is fierce and society’s emphasis on youthfulness remains popular. Also, both men and women are enjoying longer, healthier, active lives…so why shouldn’t we look on the outside how we feel on the inside? Since male skin ages differently than female skin, certain cosmetic dermatology procedures work better to reduce wrinkles, sagging skin, sun damage, scars and other imperfections.
Male Skin vs. Female Skin
While a woman’s facial skin tends to age more rapidly than male skin, men typically have larger pores, skin growths and acne due to higher levels of testosterone in their bodies. Although testosterone is an essential male hormone, it unfortunately can promote excessive oil production and breakouts. In addition, many men work or enjoy hobbies that involve a significant amount of sun exposure. And let’s be honest, men aren’t always the best at protecting their skin with sunscreen or clothing and hats.
In general, men have always been perceived as tough or strong and this often spills over to skin perception as well. While men have thicker skin, it’s actually more sensitive to UV light and gets red quicker then women’s. Natalie Semchyshyn, M.D., Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Saint Louis University says “Compared to women, their skin loses moisture faster, is more prone to dryness and doesn’t exfoliate as much.”
Men have deeper wrinkles than women because they have thicker skin and stronger facial muscles. The aging process also reduces the amount of subcutaneous fat, collagen and bone structure underneath the skin. Consequently, men over 50 typically develop a sunken, saggy appearance on their face that can only be restored with the addition of volume.
4 Best Cosmetic Procedures for Men
Since men have every reason to invest in cosmetic treatments, just like women, which ones are best for their skin? Here are the top four:
- Botox — Botox is the quickest and easiest way to smooth away wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead and around the eyes. You can even get Botox injections during lunch breaks and still have time to eat. Other than a few small injection bumps on the forehead that disappears in 10 minutes, there is no downtime with this treatment. No one will know that you just had a skin pick-me-up over the noon hour!
- Dermal Fillers —Dermal fillers are safe, natural, gel-like substances that are expertly injected under the surface of the skin to restore volume loss. This leaves the face looking more lifted, fills in hollows and erases fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment takes a bit longer than Botox but usually lasts less than an hour with very minimal swelling or bruising. Men love the outcome of a restored facial structure that looks natural and more youthful without being overdone or requiring time off work.
- BroadBand Light (BBL) — BBL is a light energy treatment that breaks up age spots, shrinks spider veins and decreases redness. In time, men also often see smaller pores, less fine lines, and an overall firming of the skin surface. We like to think of this treatment as “reversing skin age” and studies have demonstrated it to be safe and effective. The only downtime is darkening of the age spots and occasionally some mild redness. These side effects last a few days and men tend to feel comfortable in public within 24 hours.
- MicroLaser Peel — MicroLaser Peel treatments dramatically smooth rough skin and minimize scars and fine lines by removing thin layers of damaged skin. The procedure only takes 10-15 minutes in the laser room with extra time after for some cooling and post care instructions. Most people feel a slight sunburn sensation and tightness for a day followed by dry, flaky skin for the next 2-3 days. A week after the treatment, men notice brighter, smoother, more youthful skin.
The Future of Skin Treatments for Men
Technology and science continues to move forward in all areas of aesthetic medicine. Soon there will be non-surgical treatments to address the double-chin that many men struggle with. The laser and light treatments continue to deliver better results with less downtime or discomfort. Body treatments are becoming more popular in men who desire a more sculpted look or want to get rid of frustrating fat bulges.
The medical experts at Rejuvenation Clinic of Sauk Prairie are committed to staying up to date with the new technologies as well as perfecting and improving current ones. We are honored to take care of both men and women of all ages to help them get the skin of their dreams.
To learn more about how we can help your skin, call Rejuvenation Clinic of Sauk Prairie at 608-434-6600 to schedule a free personalized consultation.