Men: Shopping for Botox injections is not like buying a car

Men: Shopping for Botox injections is not like buying a car
Men: Shopping for Botox injections is not like buying a car

The grim truth is that it takes people 55 and over much longer (50.4 weeks) to find work after job loss compared with 34.2 weeks for those under 55, according to the American Association for Retired People (AARP). Despite laws prohibiting age discrimination, looking old (or older) can be a roadblock to rebooting a career. Women have solved this problem for years with visits to a plastic surgeon. The Wall Street Journal reports that men are now jumping on the same bandwagon.

One of the easiest de-agers, botulinum toxin (Botox), is showing a steady growth in use among men. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports that men had 342,048 Botox injections in 2012 compared with 264,284 injections in 2011. While the number of men undergoing cosmetic procedures is steadily increasing, they have a way to go before catching up with women, who underwent 90.4 percent of all cosmetic procedures in 2012.

Laser skin resurfacing is another popular procedure for men who have had too many sunblock-less rounds on the golf course. Men in their early 30s are also coming for "pre-juvenation," treatments such as microdermabrasion designed to delay the onset of wrinkles.

John Challenger, CEO of a Chicago-based global outplacement firm, says that there are plenty of ways to come across as youthful in a job interview. "A 55-year-old candidate who projects an energetic vibe can go a long way toward easing prospective employers' concerns about his age." He doesn't advise a client one way or another about using cosmetic procedures to enhance that vibe.

The Wall Street Journal has some great advice for guys who decide to opt in for cosmetic procedures:

● Don't shop for cosmetic procedures like you shop for cars. It's not about getting the best price for a menu of features.
● Fillers and Botox do not perform the same no matter who injects them.
● Even "minimally invasive" procedures can go terribly wrong in unskilled hands.
● The doctors who get the best results tend to be those who specialize in cosmetic procedures, do them all day long and have board-certification in an appropriate specialty.
● Botox and fillers are hardly one-time expenses. Like gray roots, wrinkles resurface. Botox typically lasts about three months, while fillers can last about a year. If these treatments help you hang on to a good job with benefits, they may be a good investment.
● Your best option is to go to a doctor who offers everything from noninvasive to surgical procedures. A board-certified plastic surgeon will be able to tell you if you're wasting your money with injectables such as Botox or fillers. You may need another cosmetic procedure to give you the career boost you're looking for.