5 Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures Men Go For
Plastic surgery is increasingly becoming a guy thing. Men had more than a million cosmetic procedures in 2013, according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). This is up a whopping 85 percent since 2000. There are many reasons cited for the surge, including pressure to compete for jobs and the desire to look young when dating much younger partners. Here is the lowdown on the top five minimally invasive cosmetic procedures for today's man.
1: Brotox anyone?
Yes, injections of botulinum toxin have become so popular among men that they are often called Brotox. In 2013, approximately 385,000 men opted for Botox to get rid of their frown lines or crow's feet, according to the ASPS. Even television music and talent competition judge and new dad Simon Cowell, 54, has copped to a little Brotox to look the part. There are now three botulinum toxins on the market: Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA, Allergan), Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA, Medicis) and Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA, Merz). Even more are in the pipeline, including a topical version for the needle-phobe.
2: (Back) Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Laser hair removal is a popular treatment among men especially on the back, underarms and chest. In 2013, more than 190,000 men jumped on the bandwagon, according to statistics from ASPS. Several treatments are needed, so men who want to get rid of any unwanted hair before summer should start the process in the spring.
3: Blast Off
Microdermabrasion ranks as the third most popular minimally invasive cosmetic treatment among men. In 2013, more than 178,000 men chose microdermabrasion to refresh and rejuvenate their complexion, according to ASPS. During this procedure, a technician sprays tiny crystals across the skin to get rid of its top layer, revealing a smoother, younger looking, virtually blemish-free mug. A series of treatments is often needed for optimal results.
4: Fill Him Up
Hyaluronic-acid based fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero fill in facial lines and folds. Men, like women, seem to be embracing these fillers to restore volume to areas of their face where it is lacking. In 2013, more than 95,000 men chose fillers to turn back the hands of time, according to ASPS. The latest entry in this category, Juvederm Voluma, adds volume to the midface or cheeks. This site-specific designer filler is quickly becoming a favorite.
5: Peel Away the Years
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Chemical peels come in various strengths, and can help improve complexion, treat hyperpigmentation and remove acne scars. That's why more than 94,000 men chose chemical peels in 2013. They range in strength from mild to strong, and a series of peels are needed to see any meaningful results. Depending on the strength, there can be downtime associated with peels.
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