- Written by Amanda Slingo Amanda Slingo
- Posted on 17 October 2019 17 October 2019
Facial fillers are twice as popular among men as they were fifteen years ago.
The times have changed. Whereas not so many years ago cosmetic enhancement was primarily the domain of the fairer sex, these days men want to look their best every bit as much as woman do. Fillers in men are definitely on the rise, because men are less likely to opt for facelifts than women. The use of dermal fillers are a great alternative to improve their appearance.
It’s not only older guys going for these procedures either. Many younger men choose to get soft tissue fillers before their skin takes on an aged appearance. By adding volume and plumping up the skin, it’s actually possible to delay wrinkles from forming. The right filler will stave off the development of new lines, creases, and folds, or even restore fullness to your lips. One of the main reasons they’re so popular is because they essentially provide immediate results, and full, final results within a few days of treatment.
It is possible to utilise aesthetic procedures such as dermail fillers without unwanted feminisation of the male face, which, from our experience, remains one of the main concerns amongst male patients seeking aesthetic treatments today.
Facial analysis: male vs. female
Facial attractiveness is characterised by a combination of factors that involve symmetry and proportions that are deemed aesthetically pleasing. Before performing any facial enhancing procedures with dermal fillers, it is vital to analyse the patient’s face so that we correctly identify the areas that need volumising and respect the symmetry and proportions of the face.
It’s a biological fact that men tend to have thicker skin and larger bones than women. Consequently, men may require botulinum toxin (Botox) first and fillers after. This gives the filler more longevity.
Whilst women are more likely to use dermal fillers in their lips, marionette lines and upper cheeks, men who are typically more concerned with lower lids and nasolabial folds. I like Restylane for the lower lids because it swells less and lasts longer than other brands.
What happens during a dermal filler treatment?
Dermal fillers are injected into soft tissue to temporarily restore and smoothen the skin’s appearance. It’s a fast and easy procedure. Most appointments take approximately 30 – 60 minutes from start to finish, depending on how many areas are being treated. The more areas being treated, the longer the appointment.
No down-time is required after a dermal filler treatment. You can return to the office or enjoy a relaxing afternoon at home. If you’re a fitness enthusiast, I recommend taking a day off from your work-out schedule after your treatment.
How soon will I see results?
You’ll see immediate results after a dermal filler treatment. That said, you may experience slight bruising or swelling for several days after. Some patients bruise more easily. We will discuss any steps you can take to reduce bruising when you book your first consultation.
How long do the results last?
Your body will naturally break down the dermal filler over time. When the results have started to fade, you can safely have new dermal fillers in the treatment area.
Depending on how quickly your body metabolizes dermal fillers, the results can last for less than a year or as long as 18 months. In general, men with faster metabolisms need to return for more treatments sooner than men with slower metabolic rates.
Note: Picture provided for example only. This is not a clinic patient.