Men Explore the World of Cosmetic Procedures: Top 5 Requested Treatments

Men Explore the World of Cosmetic Procedures: Top 5 Requested Treatments
Men Explore the World of Cosmetic Procedures: Top 5 Requested Treatments

As more and more men seemingly flock to hop on the beauty bandwagon year-over-year, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that more of them are seeking out a variety of cosmetic procedures to enhance or rejuvenate their looks.

Today, it is fairly common for men to invest in aesthetic self-care without kicking up societal judgment. The stigma seems to have diminished significantly. Scientific advances provide a myriad of nonsurgical solutions for our most pervasive beauty woes, and it’s refreshing to see more men dipping their (pedicured) toe into the world of aesthetic procedures.

Statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery show that men are increasingly seeking nonsurgical cosmetic treatments, to the tune of 10.8 million dollars in 2015 accounting for 10 percent of the entire nonsurgical market. Here are the top five nonsurgical procedures men got last year.

Botulinum Toxin Injectables

These cosmetic injections block nerve signals that cause the muscles to contract. This helps to “iron out” the look of existing wrinkles for a limited period of time and to prevent the creation of new ones for as long as the neurotoxins are active. Popular brands include Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. The average length of the procedure is 30 minutes.

Consider it if: You have or want to prevent deep grooves between your eye brows, crow’s feet or wrinkles around your eyes and forehead as a result of repeated facial expressions.

Cost: $317 (national average).

Results last: Results start to show after about a week, and last three to six months depending on age, lifestyle habits and skin conditions.

Hyaluronic Acid Injectables

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance primarily used to increase fullness and volume, creating a more youthful appearance overall. These injectables -- like Juvederm Ultra, Ultra Plus, Voluma, Perlane, Restylane and Belotero contour the face smoothing out wrinkles in the face, neck and hands. The procedure takes less than an hour on average.

Consider it if: You have deep lines around the eyes, brows or mouth, or if you want to adjust the volume in your lips, cheeks, jawline or hands.

Cost: $591 (national average).

Results last: Six months to two years depending on the injectable filler (though results may vary).

Laser Hair Removal

A low-energy laser beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment of the hair, disabling active-growth follicles. Ideal candidates have dark hair with light skin because darker hair absorbs the light more, and lighter skin allows the lasers to reach the hair more easily. One treatment session takes 1-2 hours depending on the area.

Consider it if: You are ready to remove hair that makes you feel self-conscious, be it on the back, neck, rear or anywhere else. This procedure works for both large and small areas of the body. If temporary hair removal solutions, like shaving or waxing, leave the skin irritated, laser hair removal can leave the skin smooth and hair free, permanently.

Cost: $254 each session. Because new hair grows in phases, it takes three to eight sessions to effectively disable the hair follicles.

Results last: Results are permanent once all the active-growth hair follicles have been removed.

Photo Rejuvenation /IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

Also known as a photo facial, the intense pulsed light technology can help with a myriad of skin issues, such as wrinkles and age spots, melasma and broken capillaries. The average length of the procedure is 10-30 minutes.

Consider it if: You have uneven skin tone, sun spots, rosacea, scars or fine wrinkles that make you self-conscious.

Cost: $341 per procedure. Depending on the skin issue being addressed, it could take two to six procedures at intervals of 4 weeks apart to reach the desired result.

Results last: Photo facials can significantly improve the condition of your skin, but continued exposure to sun and various aging factors may allow sunspots or wrinkles to return. Though occasional procedures can lead to an overall reduction in these issues in the long term.

Nonsurgical Skin Tightening

Skin tightening procedures have become very popular in recent years because they provide a nonsurgical alternative to more invasive procedures for correcting skin laxity and improving skin quality. Loose skin can be tightened through Radiofrequency, Intense Pulsed Light or Ultrasound. Any of these methods heat the lower layers of skin, stimulating collagen production and resulting in skin tightening without damage to the top layer of skin. A series of treatments is usually needed to achieve desired results. The average length of the procedure is 1- 2 hours and requires 1-6 treatments to achieve the desired result.

Consider it if: This procedure is ideal for men looking to tighten up the skin along their jawline and/or if love handles persist after losing weight in the abdominal area.

Cost: $1,500 - $3,500.

Results last: One to three years.

Research and Preparation

If you are considering a nonsurgical touch up, check out the Smart Beauty Guide Planning Toolkit to map out your treatment plan.

And while these are not surgical procedures, consider visiting a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss what procedure(s) can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Plastic surgeons know the human anatomy, how it moves, ages and responds to technology that allows us to improve our appearance in ways that were only surgically possible in the past. To find a board-certified plastic surgeon near you, use Smart Beauty Guide’s Find A Surgeon search tool.

About the Author

Mary Cunningham is a health and wellness writer and co-founder of the lifestyle site, Girl Around Town and travels regularly between New York, Austin and Houston. She loves speaking about the beauty we have inside and how to do the inner work to let that beauty radiate. Prior to leaving the corporate world to start her own company, Mary worked at the GRAMMYs in Los Angeles, before moving to Manhattan, where she joined Nokia's Digital Music Department.