While women are commonly associated as the prime recipients of cosmetic procedures, the amount of men who are receiving treatment is increasing all of the time.
One of the biggest reasons? Social media.
With the normalcy of social media and putting your appearance out where the world can see, men are beginning to receive treatments, such as Botox, in order to look better on their social media accounts. Instagram, being a picture-based platform, is the primary reason. We asked a Vancouver Botox specialist what we needed to know about this trend.
What is Botox?
Botox is an injectable serum that is made from the bacteria toxin botulin. For cosmetic purposes, Botox is injected into certain muscles in your face to temporarily block the nerve signal to the muscle that is contracting and causing wrinkles. As a result, the muscle will relax and the appearance of wrinkles will reduce. Botox will gradually metabolize in your body over the course of three to six months, so the results are only temporary. Likewise, only a certified specialist can determine the correct muscles to receive the Botox in order to give you your desired appearance.
Myth of Men and Plastic Surgery
To begin with, the idea that men do not care or notice their own appearances is a complete myth. Men do notice how they look in photos. Whereas earlier they might have been able to get away with posting or submitting pictures that were from years ago, social media often means pictures taken in real time. While photo filters can do part of the job for you, it can get tedious and be obvious when you have done too much to your photos.
Types of Procedures Men have done
While there are many different cosmetic procedures that men go through, Botox does seem to be the most popular. This is because it is a non-invasive procedure that has excellent results, taking care of some minor imperfections or wrinkles that might have presented themselves.
The Stigma is still there
Unfortunately, while many men are receiving treatments, such as Botox, they still are not willing to discuss it. Cosmetic procedures are also stigmatized for women, but even more so for men, to the point that some men feel discouraged about having the treatment done. Even if a man would like to improve his appearance or is unhappy with his own reflection, he might not be willing to go through with the procedure and if he does, he most likely will not talk about it. Thankfully, as the next generation embraces the benefits of Botox, the stigma does seem to be lessening a little bit.
Avoid Pop-up Botox Clinics
As Botox has become more accessible, there have been an increasing amount of salons and clinics who offer this procedure. Botox has been proven to be safe to receive in small doses, but not receiving it correctly could be risky. The Botox specialist we spoke to advises you to not take part in Botox parties or pop-up clinics because of the lack of safety. You instead need to use a board-certified Botox specialist who knows where to appropriately inject Botox as well as how much is safe to receive.
How to Get Started with Botox
If you have been thinking about receiving Botox injections, you should contact a board-certified plastic surgeon. At a consultation, the specialist will be able to go over with you what your goals are and whether Botox is the right choice for you. Then together, you can create a treatment plan that can help you achieve your goals, with or without Botox.