Manjections: A guy’s guide to today’s most popular FDA-approved injections
There may come a time in a man’s life where he studies his reflection and wonders if those forehead lines have always been so prominent. The answer is almost always “no”. Luckily, more and more men are injecting their way to a younger and more masculine face. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Botox continues to be the leading cosmetic procedure requested by men. In fact, men across the U.S. get more than half a million Botox injections every year and the pandemic only increased that number thanks to the "Zoom Effect” and hybrid work schedules. Constant video calls had men feeling dissatisfied with their appearance, thus turning to Botox and other "manjections" to get a more youthful appearance.
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But, injections have come a long way in the last couple of years as more FDA-approved options are available and some yield better results for men than women. Marissa Abdo, MS, RN, CANS and the founder of Aesthetic IQ Clinic in Scottsdale has a list of the most popular injections for men including:
Volux: This newest FDA-approved dermal filler enhances the jawline and chin. As we age, we lose volume in our midface and lateral face leading to jowling and the loss of bone support in the chin. This robust filler helps replace that volume to chisel the jaw and support the chin to define the jawline and give a masculine definition back. By lifting the tissue back where it used to be, there is an added benefit of reducing the appearance of the double chin.
Sculptra: This biostimulator gradually stimulates your own collagen to grow. Over the course of a few months, it produces collagen leaving the face looking refreshed and youthful. A lot of male clients like Sculptra because it's their own collagen and it’s a gradual process that looks very natural! No one will ever suspect a thing!
Radiesse: Radiesse is another product we can use to add volume or use as a biostimulator to produce our own collagen. Radiesse is an impactful, natural treatment used in the neck to treat tech neck and crepey neck skin. We finally have a great treatment to address issues so many people complain about after being in front of video conferencing for years.
Kybella: If you’re concerned about a little more fullness under your chin, this injection is for you! Kybella is an injectable that permanently dissolves fat cells to minimize the appearance of a double chin.
Botox: As mentioned, this is an easy way to treat wrinkles and make men look less angry or less tired on Zoom meetings. But Botox is also used in male patients to treat extreme sweating in underarms and hands, and studies have shown botox can lessen depression. Botox can even be used in the trapezius muscle to minimize back pain from hunching over your computer.
If aesthetic injections are in your future and you’ve never had them before, it’s important to have a conversation with the provider and ask them the following questions:
- What is the provider’s experience? This is your face! Make sure you go to someone who specializes in injectable treatments.
- Do they accept Alle and ASPIRE program rewards? These programs help to ensure that the clinic you are going to is buying real products.
- What should you expect? How long does the treatment last? How much does it cost?
- What is the difference between neurotoxin and dermal fillers? And what is the reasoning behind recommending one over the other?
- If you’re doing dermal filler, your provider should always have Hylenex on hand in case of an emergency.
- What are the expectations of the treatment? Will you have pain? What is the aftercare process? And when can you expect to see optimal results?
Author: Marissa Abdo, MS, RN, CANS is the founder of Scottsdale-based Aesthetic IQ Clinic. Abdo is a former team member of Dr. 90210 in Beverly Hills and a top national trainer with over a decade of experience. As a national trainer for the top aesthetic companies, Allergan and Galderma, she focuses on the anatomy of her client’s facial structures to enhance their overall beauty and specializes in facial injectable treatments that include Botox, Dysport, Juvederm and Restylane dermal fillers, and Sculptra Aesthetic.