Do you consider cosmetic enhancement a woman’s domain? Think again. The number of men looking to improve their looks is on the rise. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported that cosmetic surgery in men tripled from 400K in 1997 to 1.2 million in 2015. Another source points to a significant spike in non-surgical treatments such as neuromodulators, dermal filler and laser.
These statistics clearly demonstrate that the stigma attached to men looking after their appearance is slowly fading. More and more of you are visiting a cosmetic clinic to address skin aging, imperfections such as scars and discoloration and to restore volume and facial contours.
We have observed a similar trend here in Azala Medical Aesthetics, San Francisco as well. Here are the top five non-surgical treatments that we recommend to our male clients that can help you look more refreshed and rejuvenated.
If you’ve battled acne as a teenager and now you have permanent scars on your face or body then Microneedling with the SkinPen® can minimize their appearance. In fact, Microneedling helps with most types of scarring, both pigmented and textural.
The SkinPen® is an automated device that your clinician glides along the skin as it deploys 12 tiny needles through the dermal layers. This creates micro-injuries that stimulate new collagen production during the healing process.
Microneedling offers other benefits too. It can smooth the skin’s texture, improve enlarged pores and boost the overall health of your complexion. We recommend adding PRP (platelet rich plasma) to your microneedling treatment to enhance its anti-aging effects.
Today’s advanced dermal fillers are highly functional and specialized. Innovative brands like Juvederm® and Restylane® produce fillers in different density and molecular weight to address a variety of skin concerns. Juvederm VOLUMA® for example is currently the densest filler and is therefore ideal to give structure to cheeks and the lower face. We regularly use it to chisel the jawline and chin and to give our male patients more defined features.
Restylane Refyne® and Restylane Defyne® are softer and more “elastic” which makes them ideal to use under the eyes, in the nasolabial area and to fill in moderate folds and wrinkles. When you smile, laugh or make any other facial expressions this product moves with you. These fillers are excellent for filling in hollowness under the eyes and to soften creases around the mouth and lips while maintaining a natural look.
If you find yourself frowning and looking angry even when you’re feeling happy or relaxed on the inside then neuromodulators such as Botox® and Dysport® can help. Derived from botulinum bacterium type A, these safe and highly effective drugs are injected directly into the muscle to stop it from moving.
In as few as 7-14 days you’ll experience a noticeable improvement in the depth of your frown furrows, forehead lines and crow’s feet. The effect typically lasts 3-4 months at which point you’ll need additional neuromodulator treatment to maintain the results. Learn more about Botox® and Dysport® and other areas that can be successfully treated with neuromodulators.
The fastest way to address mild skin laxity, lines, wrinkles, poor texture and scarring (both acne and surgical) is with laser resurfacing.
Not all lasers are the same, however. Fractional laser such as Halo™ Factional Laser is preferred in many cases because it emits light in a grid pattern leaving microscopic areas of skin untreated. This results in a much quicker recovery. Halo improves efficacy and reduces downtime because it combines both ablative and non-ablative frequencies to target multiple layers of skin.
Who is the ideal candidate for fractional laser? If you’re a busy professional or you simply don’t want to endure a lengthy recovery then fractional laser can give you similar results to traditional laser but with much less downtime.
You’ll benefit from this treatment if you have sun-damage, pigmentation and wrinkles happening at the same time. Halo will be able to target and effectively treat all these conditions simultaneously (with no need for another device) in only one or two sessions.
If you’re mostly concerned with pigmentation and minor texture issues then BroadBand Light (BBL) intense pulsed light treatments (pictured above) can remove dark and red pigment with minimal downtime.
Although it’s not a facial treatment per se, vitamin B-12 shots can help improve the overall health of your skin. That’s because vitamin B-12 plays a vital role in cell production and sufficient levels of this nutrient are necessary for glowing skin, hair and nails. In fact, a deficiency in Vitamin B-12 can result in skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation.
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, also known as cobalamin. Why take Vitamin B-12 shots? It’s the fastest way to replenish your B-levels, especially if you’re a vegan or vegetarian. At Azala, our unique B-12 formula includes (Methionine, Inositol and Choline MIC), an essential amino acid that your body can’t produce. Vitamin B shots only take a few minutes and can easily be tacked on to another procedure.
Visit our website to learn more about all our non-surgical rejuvenation options. Call us at 415-275-3144 to schedule a consultation with one of our expert clinicians.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.