Botox treatments are one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today. It is most widely known for its uses in removing wrinkles and signs of aging on women’s faces. In truth, Botox has a wide variety of applications. It can treat migraines, excessive sweating, muscular disorders, and some bladder or bowel disorders. The latest change in the use of Botox is the growing number of men that are now receiving these injections.
What is Botox?
Botox is an FDA approved drug created from the bacterial toxin botulin. It is a neurotoxin that can remove wrinkles because it paralyzes the underlying muscles. Beyond the Botox cosmetic applications, it has presented many other treatment options for other medical conditions as well. Botox for migraines has become a very routine procedure. It cannot prevent migraine headaches but, depending on the type of headache, it has been shown to reduce the frequency of headaches for migraine sufferers significantly. However, it is still primarily known as a cosmetic drug for women.
The Times Have Changed.
We all worry about the signs of aging. Men and women alike are often judged by their appearances. Eliminating wrinkles can make a big difference in the workplace or on social media. It can also provide an excellent personal confidence boost. Self-esteem is an essential part of your mental well-being, and your appearance plays a large role. Traditionally, there has always been more societal pressure on women to maintain their appearance than men.
Today that has changed. Men and women alike are often judged professionally and socially by their outer appearance. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic, over 450,000 men in the U.S. received Botox injections in 2016. Men’s skin care has changed over the years. The age of the Marlboro man has come and gone. In many circles, a youthful appearance holds much more value than the wrinkles of time and experience.
A Simple Procedure.
The actual Botox injection procedure is very swift, simple, and safe. The botulinum toxin is diluted with saline and injected directly into the neuromuscular tissue of the head or neck. It will usually take somewhere between 24-72 hours for it to take effect and show results. This treatment has low risks and mild to moderate side effects. The possible side effects that patients reported include things like: mild nausea, numbness, headache, mild pain at the injection site, drooping eyelids, dry mouth, and fatigue among other possible side effects.
The time for shame has passed.
Many men might be embarrassed to admit they have wanted to try or already received ‘Brotox’ treatments. There used to be a certain stigma for men that try to address their cosmetic needs. With time, that stigma is disappearing. The advent of social media has turned society into a much more visually based culture.
There is Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and a bevy of dating apps where split-second judgments are made based only on an image. For many men, getting a Botox injection is no different than hitting the gym to maintain their fitness level. Botox is just easier than the treadmill or free weights.
If you are interested in St Louis Botox treatments, contact us today at 314-909-0633 or our offices in Des Peres, St. Louis.