More men are getting Botox today than ever before, as many feel that maintaining a youthful appearance helps them gain a competitive edge in the workplace.
The principles of Botox are the same for men and women, but due to thicker and stronger muscles, men often require more units than women. However, even with the higher doses, they do not come anywhere close to the toxicity threshold.
Once injected into the face, Botox blocks the neurotransmitters that contract muscles associated with various facial expressions (specifically, the release of acetylcholine from nerve cells to muscles). In doing so, it “freezes” the area to prevent the formation or proliferation of wrinkles.
There is no “right age” to start having botox injections. It all depends on your unique facial structure, genetics, previous sun damage, and your skin type. All of these factors play a role in deciding when you will start to develop wrinkles.
During the treatment small amounts of toxin are injected in different parts of the muscles of the face hence paralysing them. With botulinumtoxin treatment we prevent the progression of the wrinkles caused from the repetitive contruction of the muscles. The duration of action of the drug is usually 4 to 6 months.
After injection, you need to stay upright for at least four hours. Bending and laying down can cause the toxin to migrate. Avoid exercise, excess sweating, and any makeup use on the same day as the injection. Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face that same day, and hold off on using any products that have active ingredients like retinol. Lastly, do not massage or apply any pressure to the injection site for the first 72 hours.
The treatment is oriented to the individual characteristics of the face of the patient and his needs. A brief consultation before the treatment will help you understand your needs and choose the correct treatment for you.