Now that invasive and non-invasive cosmetic surgery procedures have almost entirely lost their societal stigma, men are closing the gender gap in cosmetic surgery. The rise of non-surgical treatments seems to be the driving force behind this increase in demand. The benefits of non-invasive treatments are well-documented, from minimal downtime to discreet side-effects, making them popular with people who want to keep their cosmetic surgery choices under wraps.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recently released figures shedding more light on the phenomenon. Men in the United States spent 10.8 million dollars on non-surgical procedures in 2015, making up 10% of the entire market. The most popular cosmetic surgery procedures are as follows…
Botulinum Toxin injections
More commonly known by the brand name Botox, this treatment is renowned for dealing with problem areas around the eyes and forehead. It works by blocking nerve signals that cause the muscles to contract, resulting in a smoothed out appearance. For best results, it needs to be administered by a trained professional and will need to be topped up every three to six months to maintain results.
Laser Hair Removal
A concentrated low-energy laser is aimed at the skin and targets the darker hair follicle. When the pigment of the hair absorbs the light, the follicle is disabled. The hair falls out and doesn’t grow back, leading to a hair-free appearance. Although popular with women, men are increasingly taking up the treatment to deal with problem areas.
This intense pulsed light technology can be used to treat a range of conditions, including wrinkles, broken capillaries and age spots. The treatment time is very quick and long-lasting, but it obviously isn’t a permanent fix, as future ageing and exposure to the sun will reverse the effects.
Nonsurgical Skin Tightening
For men concerned about ageing, this non-invasive procedure is perfect for resolving problems with the elasticity of the skin and general appearance. These treatments either use radio frequency, IPL or ultrasound to stimulate collagen production and restore some youthfulness to the skin.
With the rise in non-surgical procedures, there is the concern that individuals will seek out treatment from people who aren’t qualified to do the treatment. This can cause problems if there are any complications that the administer isn’t prepared for. To protect yourself from cosmetic surgery negligence claims in 2017, always make sure you check the person carrying out a treatment is qualified.