I am pretty sure my audience is mostly women, but I wanted to do a quick blog on skin care for men. Honestly, every post I do for women would also apply to men ,but I thought I would highlight a few treatments and products that male patients utilize and inquire about.
- Skincare– A solid skincare routine can benefit anyone. A topical antioxidant and sunscreen every day are no brainers. Male clients tend to like SkinCeuticals antioxidants. Phloretin CF®, CE Ferulic® and Resveratrol B E are all quality topical antioxidants that can be incorporated in to a daily routine. The antioxidants support collagen production, protect from free radical damage, protect from UVA/UVB radiation and can help minimize redness by strengthening vessels. Additionally, there are studies showing that utilizing a topical antioxidant can prevent the development of certain skin cancers. An antioxidant followed by a quality sunscreen would be the two most important components of a skin care regime. Ideally, the sunscreen would contain at least 7% Zinc Oxide. Protecting from the suns radiation is the most important step in any skincare regime. (I would argue that, if nothing else, EVERYONE should be using sunscreen) Elta MD® UV Clear SPF 46 seems to be the most popular sunscreen for men at TOC Medical Spa. A great moisturizer that men seem to like is SkinMedica® HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator. This is a weightless moisturizer, blending five forms of hyaluronic acid, which help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Men can also benefit from the use of a retinol/retinoid to increase the skins cellular turnover and stimulate collagen.
- Botox®/Fillers– Male clients are no stranger to these mainstays in aesthetic medicine. Botox® for men is becoming more and more utilized everyday. (one in ten Botox® clients are male) Maybe as men see their female counterparts experiencing the benefits of these minimally invasive treatments they are wanting to get on board. In my experience, my male patients seeking Botox® treatments are frequently aging in the work force and feel it gives them a certain edge to keep looking their best. Allergan has a great resource online for those who are interested, www.botoxcosmetic.com/men. The same goes for fillers. Men can benefit from the addition of lost volume. The midface is the most frequently treated area. Hyaluronic Acid fillers and Sculptra are great options for men.
- Kybella®– This is new to the tools we have at our disposal in aesthetic medicine. Kybella® (there is a whole blog on it a few months back) can make a huge difference in the sub-mandibular fat (under the chin). I see a lot of men who could benefit from this treatment. Essentially, fat is dissolved with an acid (deoxycholic acid) and the appearance of the submental area and jawline are dramatically improved. I have been very impressed with the results of this treatment. www.mykybella.com
These are just a few examples of what is available for men seeking aesthetic treatments. I know women are not the only ones wanting to slow down the appearance of aging as the years go by 🙂