Cosmetic Injections for Men
When it comes men dealing with their face wrinkles and lines can be reduced with cosmetic injections into the skin. The two main types of injectable substances used are botulinum toxin type A and dermal fillers. To treat deep lines, the surgeon or cosmetic practitioner may decide to use both types of injectables to achieve the best result.
Botulinum toxin type A is given by intramuscular (IM) injection to weaken muscles in the face and lessen the lines associated with facial expression. The toxin relaxes the underlying muscle and allows the skin to flatten out.
Dermal fillers are piped by injection along wrinkles and lines to plump the skin. Examples of dermal fillers include bovine (cow) collagen and the person’s own body fat.
Doctors use botulinum toxin type A on their male patients to treat medical conditions, including facial tics, muscle spasms and excessive sweating. In Australia, the cosmetic use of botulinum toxin type A is restricted to the treatment of frown lines between the eyebrows. It is currently available in Australia under the brand names BOTOX® and Dysport®.
Any other cosmetic use is not approved and becomes the responsibility of the treating doctor. It is not uncommon for medication to be used to treat conditions for which they have not been approved. However, the implications of this should be explained to the person at the time of prescription.
Ever since scientists turned their expertise into creating products and technologies that give people the chance to restore their youthful looks, new products and procedures have been popping up every year. Some have been received positively both by the customers and the medical community.
Juvederm® treatments happen to be one of the favored ones. It’s a popular “wrinkle filler” and has been carried out in certified clinics since 2006. It is used to smooth out the wrinkles around the eyes, nose, and laugh lines around the mouth. As a dermal filler, it can be injected in “hollow” areas of the skin that are usually caused by deep wounds and concave scars. This treatment is also considered as an alternative for lip augmentation.
Restylane® Facial Filler: A non-animal, biodegradable gel composed of hyaluronic acid, Restylane® is a soft tissue dermal filler that adds volume to the skin through tiny injections; smoothing facial folds and wrinkles in areas around the mouth and eyes.
Radiesse® Volumizing Filler
A synthetic dermal filler made of calcium hydroxyapatite is utilized for the correction of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. This injectable is a longer-lasting filler because the body forms collagen around the microspheres, adding bulk to the injected areas.
In addition, there are some lesser known dermal fillers:
Sculptra®: An injectable made of synthetic polylactic acid contained in microspheres, Sculptra® is the first FDA-approved injectable for the restoration of lost facial volume (correction of lipoatrophy) in people with HIV infection.
Captique™: Utilized for filling moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, Captique™ is a soft tissue filler that adds volume to certain areas of the face; derived from non-animal-based hyaluronic acid.
Hylaform®: Fills moderate to severe wrinkles around the nose and mouth, Hylaform® is a dermal filler that has been chemically modified from hyaluronic acid; designed to temporarily smooth the surface the skin.