While many people believe the typical Botox patient is female, doctors say an increasing number of men are seeking out this cosmetic treatment as well.
"I think the stigma of it to men has dropped," an associate professor and program director of the department of plastic surgery at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C, told HealthDay News. He added that the wide availability of providers who perform the procedure may also be helping make it more common.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), in 2011 men accounted for just over 10 percent of patients undergoing injections of Botulinum Toxin type A such as Botox and Dysport. It was also the most common nonsurgical cosmetic procedure performed on men, with more than 264,000 individuals receiving injections.
However, some doctors say that men may be seeking a different type of outcome than women who choose the procedure. In general, men want to smooth out forehead wrinkles or a furrowed eyebrow, while women undergoing the procedure opt for a total makeover.
"Men want a little more subtlety than women," a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, told HealthDay. "They want movement of the face, but they don't want deep furrows in their forehead."
Doctors often recommend an injectable like Botox for anyone who wishes to decrease the appearance of crow's feet, laugh lines and other wrinkles on the face. These drugs, which are formulated using a neurotoxin, temporarily weaken or paralyze the muscle that causes the wrinkle.
Unlike surgical procedures, these injectables do not provide permanent results. Instead, individuals who undergo them must have the injections repeated every three to six months to maintain results.
Individuals who are interested in learning more about the procedure and whether or not it is a good option for them should speak with a licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon.