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Understanding the Science Behind Botox for Men

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Botox is for men too. Botox can help anyone look younger by eliminating wrinkles and lifting sagging skin. Understanding the science behind this treatment makes the procedure less nerve-racking. In addition to improving your appearance, Botox can give you newfound confidence. Visit Manitoba Men’s Health Clinic today for a consultation.

What is Botox?

Botox is a type of facial injection that uses a toxin called botulinum to prevent muscle contraction. The neurotoxin stops the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. It blocks the message from your nervous system that tells your muscles to move, making them relax. As a result, there are fewer signs of wrinkles and aging.

How does Botox work?

Botox injections for men are performed at Manitoba Men’s Health Clinic by one of our experienced nurses. We take proper safety precautions and follow proper procedures to make your face look younger and healthier.

The procedure is non-invasive, unlike traditional surgery. Your doctor will use fine needles to inject tiny amounts of botulinum into certain areas of your skin or muscles. This weakens muscle contractions by stopping signals exchanged between the facial muscles and nerves. By diminishing muscle contractions and blocking nerve signals, the face will have a smooth and youthful appearance.

Botox tends to last between three and four months. It varies depending on the patient’s metabolism, age, amount of exercise, and stress levels. Some patients at our clinic have experienced results that last up to six months.

Why should men consider getting Botox?

There are several reasons for men to get Botox injections. Some are medical, while others are cosmetic. Here are some common reasons patients at Manitoba Men’s Health Clinic get treatment:

  • Smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles (i.e. crow’s feet, laugh lines, etc.)

  • Lazy eye

  • Neck spasms

  • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)

  • Overactive bladder

  • Chronic migraines

Our treatments help you feel better on the inside and outside. If you notice wrinkles on your face or forehead, let the Manitoba Men’s Health Clinic professionals help you regain your youth and experience results today!

What are the benefits of Botox?

Looking young is one of the main reasons men get Botox injections. However, there are benefits to picking this helpful treatment.

Non-Surgical Solution for Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Botox injections are a speedy procedure that does not require anesthesia. Oftentimes, you can be in and out of your surgeon’s office within a few minutes. In contrast, facelifts can take up to 4 hours to complete and have a lengthy recovery time. However, some men take a day off due to noticeable swelling or bruising.

Enhanced appearance

The procedure erases wrinkles and facial lines. Additionally, it stops new wrinkles from forming. There are many advantages to looking young, especially in the workplace. Men in the service and hospitality industries may feel pressure to keep up their good looks. Older men can be passed up for promotions, and younger men may have better career opportunities.

Higher Self-Esteem

Wrinkles can make a man look older than he is. Lifestyle choices like smoking or genetics can cause premature wrinkles and lines, making a man self-conscious about his appearance. Studies show Botox can boost confidence and mood in men. It can also help them in their careers and personal lives.

What are the differences between Botox for men and Botox for women?

Botox procedures for men and women are similar. However, there are some key differences.

Larger Dose

Men may require higher doses of neurotoxin to block the signals to these muscle groups. Procedures may cost more but consult with the Manitoba Men’s Health Clinic professionals for a quote.

Different Bone Structure

Men tend to have more muscle mass in their foreheads, brows, cheeks, jaws, and around their eyes than women do. The procedure may differ due to the anatomy of the face.

Higher Hairline

Men typically have a higher hairline compared to women. It means the approach to injections is slightly different. Not taking this into account can result in problems, including feminizing the face and achieving unnatural results.

Unique Needs

Women often get their “glabella” treated. It is the vertical lines between the eyebrows. In contrast, men often get Botox to treat crow’s feet or wrinkles at the outer corners of the eyes.

Brow Looks

Women often get the procedure for arched eyebrows. Women’s eyebrows sit higher on the face, so the arched look is more natural. Men prefer straight eyebrows because they sit lower on the face than those of women.

Does Botox have side effects?

Like all procedures, Botox comes with side effects. They vary depending on what treatment you choose. Most last a few days after treatment, including:

Tenderness or sensitivity at the injection site

Bruising and redness can occur if a blood vessel is temporarily injured by the injection. This side effect tends to disappear shortly after your treatment.

Headaches

Patients may experience headaches because the procedure can cause the muscles to spasm before they are paralyzed. They tend to clear up a few days after treatment.

Droopy Eyelid

Botox injections to the forehead can result in blepharoptosis, also known as droopy eyelid. It tends to affect one eye and lasts between three and six weeks.

Dry Skin

After a Botox procedure, dry skin can occur. It is because the treatment decreases the body’s ability to make sweat, so the skin remains dry and flakey after the procedure.

Are there steps for aftercare?

People often forget to follow the aftercare instructions. However, at Manitoba Health Clinic, we always send our patients home from each appointment with the proper instructions. Check out our tips below!

  • Do not rub or massage the injection area for four hours after treatment

  • No strenuous exercise for 24 hours after treatment

  • Stay upright for four hours after the procedure

  • Avoid headwear that tightly fits across the forehead

  • Reduce excessive alcohol consumption or medically necessary blood-thinning medication before treatment to prevent bruising

Avoiding excessive movement is an important part of the recovery process. It prevents the Botox from moving to unintended locations. Facials and facial massages should be avoided for two weeks after treatment to prevent the product from spreading. If Botox spreads to other areas of the face, it can cause problems with breathing and swallowing. Follow your surgeon’s instructions to prevent complications.

Now that we have reviewed what to avoid, let us talk about what you should do. After Botox injections, you should do the following:

  • Lightly exercise the face

  • Elevate your head

  • Sleep on your back

  • Relax out of the sun

  • Take pain medication as required

Moving the face by smiling, frowning and making other facial expressions stimulates the muscles. Additionally, elevating your head will avoid putting pressure on the injection sites. Laying on your back four hours after treatment also prevents putting pressure on the face. Sitting in the shade will prevent heat from increasing your blood pressure, which can cause bruising. Lastly, take pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen if you are experiencing discomfort after your Botox treatment.

How do I know if Botox is right for me?

Only you and a consultation with one of our doctors can determine if Botox is right for you. A number of factors come into play when we decide whether a patient requires treatment. Look for the following signs before visiting us for a consultation:

  • Crow’s feet or worry lines around the eyes

  • Droopy brow

  • Lines around the upper lip

  • Moderate to severe frown lines between the brows

Botox is ideal for patients with mild signs of aging but can work for older patients as well. Dynamic wrinkles occur early on and can be prevented if treated early. It is a preventative and restorative treatment.

Consult with one of the doctors at Manitoba Men’s Health Clinic to determine if your skin is elastic enough to respond to a Botox treatment. We help men feel better about their appearances and gain confidence. Call us today!

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