WHAT ARE INJECTABLE TREATMENTS?
Injectables is the general term used to describe cosmetic injections that men use to reduce strong facial wrinkles or to replace age and sun related loss of facial volume. The same product used to treat wrinkles is also very effective in targeting sweat glands and is one of the options to treat excessive sweating EXCESSIVE SWEATING. Another use that is popular with men who grind their teeth is to target the strong jaw muscles (Masseters) and this can control teeth grinding for 6-12 months before it needs to be repeated. The use of injections to remove double chins in men is also a type of cosmetic injectable and it is detailed separately. DOUBLE CHIN REMOVAL IN MEN
The medications used for injectable treatments require a medical doctor’s prescription and they are a medical procedure. A medical doctor needs to be consulted before undertaking any of these treatments to ensure it is the most appropriate treatment option and then determine the appropriate areas to treat and the dosage. Injectables are not a beauty salon treatment, they are a medical procedure, and as such should only be performed in a medical clinic.
The specific names of cosmetic injectables are not able to be used on medical websites in Australia because they are Schedule 4 prescription only drugs and naming them is regarded as advertising. The Federal Government restricts any advertising and promotion directly to the public of any prescription medications. This is why you will see terms such as wrinkle injections, anti-wrinkle injections or product B and not specific product names being used.
WHY DO MEN HAVE INJECTABLE TREATMENTS?
The reasons that men choose to have cosmetic injections are varied and can be quite different to why women have cosmetic injections. Some men certainly want to look younger and fresher but other men simply want to appear less tired and stressed and look good for their age. Apart from wrinkles and lines injectables in men are also used to treat excessive sweating, migraines, teeth grinding and remove double chins.
WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR AREAS FOR MEN TO HAVE WRINKLE INJECTIONS?
Wrinkle injections are used to treat lines and wrinkles that are caused by muscle contraction. The commonest areas that men request treatment for are the frown line between the eyes and the worry lines on the forehead. Business executives and salesmen in particular feel it is important for them to not to look worried and the frown line between the eyes is a very popular area to have treated.
The crows lines around the eyes can also be a concern in some men especially those who work outside or drive around for long periods as sun glare can cause these to become quite severe.
WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR AREAS FOR MEN TO HAVE DERMAL FILLERS?
When facial lines become very deep from repeated muscle contraction over many years they start to be present even when the muscles are not moving ( what we call ‘lines at rest’). This is because the supporting Collagen and Hyaluronic acid in the skin have been slowly broken down and skin volume has been permanently lost. Also as men age there is a natural loss of facial volume that causes folds to deepen and contributes to sagging of the face.
Where volume has been lost the way to replace this is through dermal fillers. These are products that are injected into the skin to add volume. By far the commonest dermal fillers used in Australia are based on Hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring sugar in the skin. There are different thicknesses of Hyaluronic acid that are used in different areas and at different depths and a number of different brands are now available in Australia.
The commonest areas that men have treated with dermal filler injections are around the eyes and around the mouth.Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by volume loss in the tear trough area and dermal fillers can be used to correct contour deformity. Dermal fillers not only can fill out and improve wrinkles and folds but can help revitalise and enhance features. Depressed scars from either acne or trauma can also be corrected with dermal fillers.