It is interesting and not at all surprising that the number of men opting for Botox injections has skyrocketed in the past decade. When it was discovered that Botox was the perfect way to get rid of wrinkles, especially those between the brows and around the eyes and mouth, women began flocking to their dermatologists to receive these safe, easy injections.
While it has taken longer for men to sing the praises of Botox, over the last few years more and more men have become proactive and open about their appearance. There is also less stigma associated with cosmetic procedures for men. Cleverly, this trend has been given the moniker “Brotox.” It is providing men a competitive edge and helping them feel better about themselves.
So, why the man-shift to cosmetic procedures? Men may feel pressured to maintain a more youthful look in the highly competitive job market. Youthful appearance has always been an asset, for both women and men. For those who are job hunting, looking less stressed and more youthful can give an applicant a definite edge. The trend toward metrosexuality may also account for the cosmetic treatment shift for men, as well as the recent up-turn in the economy.
Nobody gets younger. If you decide to try a Botox treatment, seriously think about it and discuss the results you want to achieve with your doctor. It is important to choose a doctor who is experienced with injecting male patients because men have a unique muscle mass, fiber pattern and distribution of hair follicles. Exact Botox dosing requirements for men do not currently exist but there is consensus that men require higher doses than their female counterparts. Most men are conservative about their injections; they don’t want to look like they’ve had work done. And privacy is definitely a concern.
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