Looking in the mirror and seeing yourself age sucks for everyone, not just women. In today’s workforce, there is growing competition between older and younger men not necessarily to look flawless and immaculate, but to look energetic and enterprising versus old and obsolete. While men have traditionally shied away from cosmetic treatments because vanity and masculinity are traditionally incompatible, technological advancements in dermatology now allow them to restore their youthfulness subtly without going under a knife – and more and more men are seeking out these treatments.
But men’s goals differ from women’s: they want to maintain ruggedness, keep some lines, but eliminate eye hollows, facial folds, redness, and sagging. Plus, men and women’s skin are markedly different (and not just because men can grow beards). The primary difference is hormonal: testosterone makes a man’s skin about 25% thicker, makes it oilier, rougher, and sweatier than a woman’s.
Men also have a higher collagen density, though they lose collagen at a similar rate as women. But even though men’s skin is different, it responds to the same types of treatments as women’s, and our dermatologists are familiar and confident working on both men and women.
As always, skin care is essential to maintaining healthy, youthful skin, and to preventing the impacts of the sun and elements on your skin, but even the most dedicated regime has only a minimal impact on aging. For men wanting to look younger without surgery, here are our top 5 recommended cosmetic dermatology treatments for men:
1. Botox (also known as Brotox)
Botox (botulinum toxin type A) (hyperlink to Botox page) is injected beneath the surface of your skin and it works by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles responsible for forehead and smile lines. Men typically only do Botox on their foreheads and they’re not looking for total smoothness, just a softening of the deeper, more obvious creases. The procedure is quick and only mildly uncomfortable (the needle pinches) and you’ll see results within about a week that last up to six months.
A non-invasive medical facial treatment, microdermabrasion polishes the skin and removes dead skin cells which leaves your skin soft and supple and stimulates your skin’s regeneration, making your new skin cells thicker and firmer. A low risk procedure, microdermabrasion deeply exfoliates, minimizing scars, discolouration, fine lines, sun damage, blemishes, and enlarged pores while also giving the skin a youthful glow. Each treatment is about 30 minutes long, but you need multiple treatments to see results.
3. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers (hyperlink to dermal fillers page) are your best bet for volume loss, which is responsible for making you look deflated, listless, worn, tired, and old. They restore fulness at the temples and beneath the eyes while also reducing facial folds and minimizing wrinkles. Dermal fillers are incredibly subtle and natural looking, plus they provide instant results.
4. Chemical Peels
Used to reduce acne scarring, sun damage, and uneven colouring, chemical peels offer men improved skin texture, a more even skin tone, reduced lines, and less age spots. A SkinCeutical customized medical facial is great for exfoliation, collagen stimulation, and overall rejeuvenation, leaving the skin smoother and fuller.
5. Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
A non-invasive, photorejuvenation approach to correcting skin problems, this treatment uses infrared light to stimulated collagen production. Improving skin tone and surface imperfections due to aging, photo damage, vascular conditions, and acne scarring, IPL is particularly effective for redness and brown spots as well as for hair removal. For men, IPL is ideal for broken capillaries and rosacea.
Schedule your free consultation today to discuss the best dermatological treatments for your skin goals today.