Everything You Need to Know About Botox for Men, the “Gold Standard” Among Dermatologists
Botox. Once a taboo subject is now becoming more and more normalized as a cosmetic procedure, especially among men. For those men out there still associating Botox with their wives, sisters, or mothers, think again.
Botox for men makes up almost 10 percent of all cosmetic surgeries, according the American Society for Plastic Surgeons.
Whether you call it Brotox, OnabotulinumtoxinA, or Botulinum toxin, let’s talk about how this product can help you meet your aesthetic and even medical goals.
I went in to see Dr. Dale Isaacson at DC Derm Docs in Washington, DC. As one of Washingtonian’s “Top Doctors,” Dr. Isaacson immediately made me feel confident that I was in good hands.
What Exactly Is Botox?
Botox is a Neuromodulator, which blocks nerve impulses to the muscles. It is predominantly used to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in a patient’s face.
However, Botox is not only used facially. Scrotox (yes you read that right, a Botox injection in the scrotum) is trending with millennials to make the area appear fuller and more youthful.
But being a Botox newbie, I decided to start with basic facial injections.
My goal heading in to DC Derm Docs was not to look 20 years younger, which is a look a lot of other clients might be after; rather I wanted the Botox to help give my face a relaxed and fresh look.
Botox Can Minimize Wrinkles
Starting with its most obvious use, Botox works to relax your facial muscles, whether you’re after smoothing out your crow’s feet, forehead, or the glabellar “Eleven” lines.
Botox Cosmetic is the only FDA-approved product for all the areas mentioned above. Botox’s competitors, Dysport and Xeomin, are only FDA-approved to treat the crow’s feet.
But what else can Botox do?
Botox Can Reduce Extreme Sweating
Do your palms get overly sweaty? Do you go through multiple shirts per day due to sweating?
If yes, then you may be relieved to hear that Botox can be injected into the sweat glands in order to stop the overproduction of sweat.
How does that work? Essentially it works the same way that it does in your face to block neurotransmitters telling your muscles to contract, except on your sweat glands.
Botox Can Relieve Chronic Migraines
It might come as a surprise that in 2010, Botox was FDA-approved to treat chronic migraines, meaning you get headaches at least 15 days per month that last more than four hours.
Botox is extremely effective for reducing pain in patients suffering with this condition, with more benefits seen with an increase in treatment cycles.
Botox Can Treat Spasticity
There are about 12 million Americans suffering from Spasticity according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
If you have tightened muscles caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, or adult cerebral palsy, then you should consider discussing Botox with your doctor as an option for relief.
What’s the Upshot?
To make a long story short, I loved how my face looked rejuvenated after Botox injections.
I will definitely be going back to Dr. Isaacson again to treat the areas that look more than a little aged around my eyes and forehead.
Luckily, I don’t need Botox to treat any real medical concerns such as extreme sweating or chronic migraines, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the aesthetic benefits Botox offers to keep me looking my best.