There has been an increasing number of males using anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. While the statistics for these procedures are unavailable in Australia, the current statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) have found the number of cosmetic enhancement procedures have increased by 258% in the past decade.
“More and more men are opting to refresh their ageing faces, whether to reduce the amount of lines on their faces, or to have a more chiseled jaw,” says Dr Garry Cussell, the clinical director of Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia. “Men often want procedures which are quick, so that’s why anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are popular.”
“There’s a huge shift in non-invasive male cosmetic surgery and skincare as well, particularly in the last few years.”
The fact that more male influencers and journalists have covered these topics, and male celebrities such as Simon Cowell or George Clooney have spoken openly about their own treatments, has perhaps helped remove negative stigma about non-surgical cosmetic treatments.
Generally, men are seeking a natural look, to soften lines and appear less “tired,” “angry” or sallow.
Our male clients are sometimes wary of injectables at first because they fear others knowing that they’ve had anti-ageing treatments, Dr Cussell observes. When injectables are administered correctly, though, the results should appear natural and not overly obvious.
The key to male injectable procedures is to keep the results as natural looking as possible. For this reason alone, practitioners often leave certain facial expression lines alone, and focus on other features which aren’t balanced.
One thing to keep in mind, Dr Cussell advises, is that male patients may have more muscle mass in their facial features, which may require a slightly larger dose of anti-wrinkle injections than the average female. A doctor can assess this during a free consultation.
Popular Non-Surgical Treatments for Men:
Anti-Wrinkle Injections For Men
Anti-wrinkle injections are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles formed by repeated contractions from facial expressions which form crow’s feet and frown lines. It requires no down time and patients can see results within 7-10 days.
The most common anti-wrinkle treatments for men include:
- Forehead – To smooth the horizontal forehead lines.
- Vertical frown lines – The area between the eyebrows.
- Crow’s feet – The lines around the eyes.
This treatment is also used to alleviate the symptoms of hyperhidrosis, more commonly known as excessive sweating. By injecting it under the skin to target the sweat glands, it blocks the nerve messages responsible for stimulating sweat production. These treatments will last anywhere from 6-12 months, depending on the individual.
Dermal Filler For Men
Dermal fillers are another common cosmetic treatment among males, especially those who have experienced a loss of facial volume or bags under the eyes.
For men who wish to maintain a masculine appearance, Dr Cussell recommends using these treatments a little more sparingly as too much volume in certain areas, particularly the cheekbones and lips, can look feminine.
Again, this treatment has no downtime and results can be seen right away.
Common dermal filler treatments for men include:
- Nasolabial folds (aka smile lines)
- Mid cheek hollows
- Tear troughs for undereye hollows
- Chin or Jawline for a more squared lower face
- Lips in small amounts, which is particularly popular for men with facial hair
- Temple hollows
Laser Hair Removal For Men
Laser hair removal with the Arion or Fotona can be used to reduce hair anywhere on the body, including the back and chest. The equipment we use at Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia can be used on bot lighter and darker skin types, for coarse or finer hair.
The laser targets the hair follicle, and destroys it at its base. On average, six treatments are required to remove the hair, depending on the area being treated.
Another treatment at Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia which isn’t cosmetic, but is common among male patients who come to the clinic is anti-snoring treatments. Up to 40% of Australian males over the age of 40 have a snoring problem and our revolutionary snoring laser treatment, SleepTight, can alleviate the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnoea in three, 20 minute sessions.
Skincare was once considered a more feminine thing to do, but according to Senior Clinician Kirsten, “Everyone has skin that needs to be looked after. It is one of our largest organs, so taking a good care of it is really important.”
Skincare can help reduce textural concerns and signs of fatigue, as well as improve skin conditions like acne or rosacea.
“Generally, men tend to have an oilier complexion,” says Kirsten. “This is because of testosterone, which promotes oil production in their skin. When we’re analysing men’s skincare treatments, we’re looking for products that have exfoliants in them. We consider products that help keep oil production under control and keep breakouts down and large pores at bay,” Kirsten explains.
She often recommends an AHA cleanser and a Vitamin A serum to help with excess oiliness. The Vitamin A will also help promote collagen which can help with textural concerns and signs of ageing.
Kirsten’s male clients prefer to keep their routine simple, so she suggests speaking to a Clinician for recommendations on the most effective products for your skin.
Skin is skin and we must pay attention to each individual person’s needs, Kirsten believes. Although men have some differences in their skin to women, the same products can work fine for all genders. “The extra bit that we do is we tailor the regime specifically to the needs of your skin and lifestyle.”
If you have facial hair, don’t skip cleansing that area of your face.
If you’re feeling unsure, come in to speak to a professional about which products and treatments might be suited for you.