Cosmetic Surgery, Dermal Fillers, and Botox for Men

Recently Yahoo! News published an article about Brazilian men and cosmetic surgery. The article stated that a study by the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery reports, “Plastic surgery quadrupled among men from 72,000 to 276,000 operations annually from 2009 to 2014.” According to the news article, that is approximately one cosmetic surgery every two minutes for Brazilian men.

Before and After Photo via BotoxCosmetic.com

The number of US men having cosmetic surgery has not risen as dramatically as in Brazil, but it is certainly not uncommon for men to have a procedure done. At our Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center practice, we have quite a few male patients, some of whom are repeat clients. However, we have seen a lot of growth in men seeking minimally-invasive procedures such as Botox and fillers. This goes hand-in-hand with the 2014 Plastic Surgery Statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that reported over 410,000 men had Botox or Dysport treatments in 2014 (up 337% from the year 2000).

Why are Botox and dermal fillers becoming more popular amongst men? There may be many different reasons why a person decides to use Botox and/or fillers but I will speak only from my experience as a Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon who regularly treats both men and women with Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers. While many women seek out these aesthetic treatments to look more youthful, men seem to be less concerned with looking young and more interested in looking “refreshed” or not looking tired or angry. Botox and Dysport will temporarily soften forehead frown lines and the “crow’s feet” around the eyes and the result will be a more approachable look. Dermal fillers can subtly add volume to areas where volume has been lost (cheekbones, eyebrows, under eyes, jawline). The result is a more defined appearance. There is a difference between how and where fillers are used in men and women so it is important to see a person who is experienced and educated in using fillers in men’s faces.

Botox and/or fillers are also easy to have done. Treatment time can take between half an hour to an hour and does not require any down time. Men and women can return to their normal routines right after their appointment. Men tend to share less about these treatments (and cosmetic surgery procedures) amongst friends, family, and colleagues, so having a Botox or dermal filler treatment can be easily be done without anyone else knowing about it.

I have been doing Botox and dermal filler injections for men and women for many years. I strive to have my patients look “naturally” rejuvenated so no one suspects they had anything “done”.

If you are a man or woman interested in having Botox, Dysport, or dermal fillers done, please call my Cosmetic Surgery Center office in Santa Barbara at (805) 563-0000 to schedule an appointment. 

More Men Giving Botox a Shot

Before and After Pictures from Botox.com

Talk about Botox with your women friends and many will freely admit to doing it, having done it, or wanting to do it. The chance of a group of men having the same conversation is slim although the chance that a few of the men in the group are Botox-users is not. Botox for men is on the rise according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Cosmetic surgeries, as a whole, rose 22% from 2000 to 2012 for men and minimally invasive procedures, including Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers, rose 6% from 2011 to 2012 for men.

Why are more men turning to Botox? Speculation includes the idea of wanting to look how you feel (many men are in great shape and are healthy, they want their “look” to reflect that), having an “instant” fix without the downtime and cost of surgery, or enhancing their look for the job market. That’s right! Men who are seeking employment are finding it more difficult to compete with those who are one or two generations younger. An article in the Wall Street Journal that addressed this topic said that it takes men who are 55+ an average of 16 weeks longer to find employment than those who are under 55 (or appear under 55).

Forehead wrinkles plague both men and women, and the ability to “get rid of” them, even temporarily, can be life-altering. Forehead lines, and especially the scowl between the eyebrows (technically known as the glabellar lines), can make someone look angry, irritated or upset. In addition to that, wrinkles are often associated with age, so a person who has many facial wrinkles and folds may appear to look old or even older than they really are.  A short visit to a cosmetic surgeon or medical spa can change that! Botox is injected in small amounts to the areas where it is needed. It blocks the signals to the muscles that tell them to contract. Instead of the muscles contracting into a frown, the muscle will relax and the injected area will appear smooth. Botox can take up to seven days to set in and is effective for 3 to 4 months – long enough to go on several job interviews.

Get your Botox in Santa Barbara by Dr. Terry J. Perkins, a trusted Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon. Call his office at 805-563-0000 to schedule a consultation.