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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.