Top 5 Myths About Men and Botox
Botox is big. Major. Huge. At least for women. In 2011, 2.5 million women got injected with the magic wrinkle juice. By comparison, a tenth of that number, or about 225 Cornelius Restylane ,000 men opted for Botox in 2011. But unlike the women, they’re pretty quiet about it.
The secrecy surrounding men and Botox leads to a lot of misinformation and miscommunication. As a plastic surgeon in San Francisco’s financial district, I see high-powered men in my office all the time who are interested in Botox but who are worried about the pain or strange results. Here are the most common myths about men and Botox.
#5 – Botox Will Make You Look Frozen or Feminine
Despite the brand name of Botox Cosmetic, Botox is not makeup. Nor is it a substance that will give you soft, shiny or supple skin. Women wish for all those things, but Botox doesn’t make it happen. If you’re rugged, you’ll still be rugged after Botox. You’ll just look rugged and younger.
Botox works by weakening your muscles with a neurotoxin. It gets injected directly into the muscles that cause wrinkles, like those vertical lines between your eyebrows or the train tracks running across your forehead, in tiny amounts called units. Just a few days later, your muscles can no longer make those wrinkles.
A skilled plastic surgeon will inject just the right muscles with just the right amount of Botox, leaving you with fewer wrinkles but plenty of movement to look natural. So don’t worry. All those years of manly living won’t disappear.
#4 – Botox is Expensive
Well, sorta. But compared to what? A nice watch? Tailored suit? Steak dinner for four business men? Botox costs less than any of these things.
As job competition increases, you’ve probably gone to some lengths to make sure you’re wearing nice shoes and driving the right car. Yet who can be sure that anybody is looking at your shoes? But they’re all certainly looking at your face. A few hundred dollars will assure you months and months of looking like yourself – just a slightly better version of yourself.
#3 – Botox is Not for Straight Men
Nope. This one is just wrong. Botox is BY FAR the most common cosmetic procedure for men, followed by laser hair removal and liposuction.
250,000 men got Botox. That’s a LOT. Why? Simple. Because it works.
I have male patients from all walks of life. From athletes and artists to hi