Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures being performed today. Many people assume that women, who are often most concerned about aging, are the ones seeking out Botox and fillers in order to turn back the clock. However, more and more it is men who are discovering the difference they can make.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that in 2014 over 400,000 U.S. men received Botox injections - a 337 percent increase in any market over a decade. While these men appreciate the results Botox (or “Brotox”) can give them, not all of them are forthcoming about how they’ve achieved them. Many of them fear that the stigma about plastic surgery and men still exists, and they’d prefer to avoid it.
That stigma is changing, however. Last month former professional football and baseball player Deion Sanders shared that he had recently tried Botox for the first time and was more than happy with his results. Sanders said he wasn’t afraid to be open about his experience because he’s open about so many other aspects of his life and has been first to do many things in his career. He shared with ETonline:
“It was definitely the first time I have ever done that, but I go by the model and the slogan that I used my whole career – if you look good, you feel good,” he explains. “I noticed frown lines and crow’s feet. I am like, ‘I have got to do something about this!’”
A desire to look young isn’t the only thing driving men to seek Botox. For many men, a youthful appearance can make the difference between being employed and unemployed. Older men are discriminated against in the job market and not just for jobs that we associate with good looks. Many older men have been hesitant to retire early in the post-recession economy, and they need to be able to compete with younger colleagues. A tighter job market means that men want to have any advantage they can, and Botox is an inexpensive cosmetic procedure, far less expensive than a facelift. It can be scheduled prior to an occasion as well - an interview, an important meeting, or a conference - for an added boost in confidence.
This month Allergan announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) “for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe forehead lines associated with frontalis muscle activity in adults.” Prior to this, Botox was only approved for the areas around the eyes and glabella, wrinkles commonly known as crow’s feet and “elevens.”
Forehead lines are a “top area of concern” for patients, said David Nicholson, Allergan’s chief research and development officer. This is because, like laugh lines, forehead wrinkles are very aging. Eliminating or modifying them can take years off a patient’s face as we are all well aware. People have been relying on Botox to look younger since 2002. In fact, more than seven million Americans get Botox injections every year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
How Does Botox Work?
Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is derived from bacteria, but is a purified product. When it’s injected into an area, it serves to block the nerve signals to the muscles there, rendering them incapable of contracting. Since they cannot contract, they can’t form wrinkles.
Botox is a safe and pain-free procedure when performed by a professional. It’s also a quick one; it can be done during a lunch break and does not require anesthesia, so patients can continue with their daily schedules afterward. Botox is both temporary, typically lasting between three and four months, and affordable. All of these factors work to make it one of the most popular cosmetic procedures currently being performed.
We often underestimate how important good skin is to a beautiful appearance. Lush, soft, blemish free skin is a sign of youth and good health and is the reason Botox is such a popular procedure these days. As we’ve said before, it’s not smart to make the investment of plastic surgery and not take good care of yourself in other ways.
Beyond the basics of not smoking, wearing sunscreen, and drinking plenty of water We’ll go through each of these.
Cleansing - You expose your face to dirt, oil, bacteria, pollutants, and makeup everyday just by living, so removing all of that so that your skin can breathe and your pores will not get clogged is essential. Without a regular cleansing routine, your face will be more prone to acne, and if you do not remove your makeup at night, it will dry your skin. You should cleanse your face before you go to bed and again when you wake up in the morning as well as anytime it get dirty or sweaty.
Choose a gentle cleanser that supports your skin type - whether normal, oily, or dry - and will remove makeup as well as dirt. After you soak your face with warm water, apply the cleanser and gently massage it into your skin with circular movements for 30 to 60 seconds. Make sure to cleanse your neck and behind your ears as well. Then rinse with warm water and dry it with a clean, soft towel, patting gently instead of rubbing.
Toning - Apply facial toner to your face gently with a cotton pad, focusing on any oily areas, especially your forehead nose and chin. This step may not seem as obvious or important as either cleansing or moisturizing, but toner helps to eliminate any residues like chlorine in the water you use to cleanse and rinse your face. These can dry out your skin; toner helps to balance its pH level.
Previously we’ve discussed avoiding certain behaviors like smoking and tanning if you want to avoid premature aging. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and it is continuously exposed to light, heat, water, wind, and pollution, all of which will cause damage. The older you get, the less your skin is able to regenerate and repair itself, which is why people get fine lines and wrinkles as well as blemishes and other skin imperfections as they age. What can you do to take better care of your skin and avoid getting that damage?
It’s starts with taking better general care of yourself. Skin doesn’t just appear, it’s made cell by cell, and it has to have the right building blocks to make high quality skin cells. That means enough of the right food, water, and sleep. Here’s what Bancroft Feldman recommends:
Drink enough water - This is hugely important because dehydration affects both performance and appearance. Dehydrated people look older. Their skin is the opposite of “dewy.” Also, all drinks are not equally hydrating, so no matter how much you love coffee or soda, it’s much better for your skin if you switch out some of your sweet or caffeinated beverages for water or green tea.
Eat the right foods - Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains will give your body what it needs to heal and regenerate itself daily - which means you will look and feel better too. A poor diet can cause breakouts. Avoid eating processed foods, sugars, and unhealthy fats if you want a clearer complexion.
Sleep - This is another important component of your health. Cell regeneration only takes place when your body is in the deeper stages of sleep, and you need to sleep an entire night to get enough to make that happen. Don’t skimp on sleep if you want to stay young looking.
Previously we’ve talked about the importance of following post-surgical instructions and what you can do to help your body heal after surgery. In this blog piece we will discuss why getting your rest is so vital to healing faster and better. People tend to discount sleep as being unimportant, especially when there are more entertaining things to do, but without sleep you will feel worse for longer after your surgery and even after you’ve healed you will not be at your best. Why is sleep so important?
We all know what we feel like when we’re tired: cranky and not at our best. If you are sleep deprived, you are slower to react, less able to focus or remember details, and more likely to fall or run into things. Sleep deprivation also affects your ability to control your emotions. You are more likely to experience frustration, irritability, mood swings, or depression if you are not getting enough sleep. Some of that is because your brain simply cannot perform as well. While you are asleep, your brain is working to create new neural pathways that will help you learn better and remember more information. Without that brain development many mental tasks will be harder to perform than they have to be.
Getting adequate sleep is also crucial for physical health. When your body is in deep sleep it produces many hormones, including the one that promotes cell growth, either for development or repair. That’s when your heart and your blood vessels heal and repair themselves and when, after surgery, the real work of healing happens. Naps are not enough. You have to sleep long enough to experience REM sleep, the final stage of a single sleep cycle. Over the course of 8 hours of sleep, a person will go through multiple sleep cycles, sleeping more lightly at first and more deeply later with longer periods of the restorative REM sleep. Experiments with rats have demonstrated that REM sleep and lifespan are interconnected.
If you’re concerned about maintaining your figure, you need to add more sleep to your schedule too. During sleep your body regulates other hormones, including leptin, ghrelin, and insulin. These control your hunger levels and your blood sugar. If you do not get enough sleep, you will feel hungrier, and your body will convert more of the food you’ve eaten into stored fat. You are setting your diet up to fail if you do not factor in your need to sleep enough at night, no matter how much resolution you have to lose weight or keep it off.
Bancroft Feldman wants you to succeed in the aesthetic goals your set for yourself, whether that means a better diet, more exercise, weight loss, or enhancements through plastic surgery. Getting enough sleep must be a part of the process for anyone who wants a better body and better health. We cannot recommend it enough. Are you getting your 8 hours of sleep every night?