There’s a new trend in town; Brotox. The levels of men opting to go under the needle for anti-wrinkle treatment is rising, and we’re glad to see that the taboo of cosmetic surgery for men is finally starting to crumble.

The trend started in 2020 and is thought to have resulted from the stress of the lockdown, causing men to gain wrinkles quicker, and the increased time spent on video chat bringing those wrinkles to their attention more. Towards the end of that first pandemic year, there was a 70% increase in requests for cosmetic surgeon consultations for men.

Men tend to be embarrassed when discussing and undergoing anti-wrinkle treatment, but there is absolutely no need to be. Cosmetic treatments are here for anyone who wants them, and we’re here to answer everything you might want to know about them.


Man receiving dermal filler injections in his cheek


Why Are Men Opting for Anti-Wrinkle Treatments?

More and more men are starting to opt for cosmetic treatments to improve their looks. There could be several reasons for this, but the trend rose as we came out of lockdown when men had spent many months seeing themselves on-screen during video calls. What’s more, anti-wrinkle treatment isn’t as drastic as other measures and allows men to tweak their look rather than looking fully tucked.

More male celebrity figures promote the benefits of male grooming than ever before, with Gordan Ramsey and Simon Cowell admitting they have had work done to improve their skin. There are plenty of others who look likely to have had treatment or surgery to enhance their skin too.

However, there may be more personal reasons for treatment, too. With the rise of dating apps like Tinder, where focus is place on a photo, you find that a relationship breakdown can cause someone to want to make improvements. A career change, friends and family, taking less time to age and increased use of social media are all things that could prompt a change in look too.


How Does Men’s Skin Age Differently?

Men have thicker skin, and no, not as in the old-fashioned phrase, but as an actual physical attribute. The testosterone in men results in an increased level of sebum production in male skin, more sweating, and a huge difference in thermal hair distribution.

It is testosterone that makes all the difference and why men tend not to age as quickly as women. As women get older, their estrogen levels drop. These drops start when women reach 30 and get faster into their 40’s. Men also lose testosterone as they get older. However, it happens more gradually, starting later in their 30’s.

However, men tend to have a larger forehead with a wide frown and a prominent jaw, this, alongside an increased muscle mass and less soft tissue, means that there are more prominent wrinkles that occur when the fat tissue starts to dissolve with age. This brings about deeper expression lines and more sagging in the skin as the collagen levels decline.

Of course, it’s not just scientific differences that impact how men’s and women’s skin ages differently. Lifestyle choices have a significant impact on our bodies and our skin. Men tend to use suncream infrequently compared to women, which can lead to sun damaged skin and increase the effects of ageing. They also have less exposure to the range of anti-ageing products and skincare regimes that women do, so they may not have taken care of their skin as much as women had.


Man having dermal fillers injected into the forehead


What Anti-Wrinkle Treatments are Available for Men?

There are many anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle treatments available for men, and many depend on the goal you wish to achieve. You may want to build your face structure up and remove frown lines or crow’s feet; each offers a different option. The two main options are non-surgical procedures, meaning that you can be back to work or play pretty quickly after the treatment.


Dermal Fillers for Men

To smooth your wrinkles while enhancing your features, you may opt for dermal fillers. Designed to give your face more of its natural plump, this treatment also smooths out wrinkles and deep grooves. At The Aesthetic Skin Clinic, we offer the most natural dermal fillers in Guernsey, Jersey and Belfast by using the Restylane and Juvéderm range from Allergan. These ranges are made up of different molecular structures of hydraulic acid, which is already present in our bodies. The added hydraulic acid draws water naturally to the area and integrates with the facial tissue to volumise it. As a result, your face will have more volume, and your skin will also appear rejuvenated and hydrated.

After the treatment, you will be given advice specific to you by your consultant, but generally, it is recommended that you avoid alcohol, vigorous exercise, sunbathing and going in hot tubs or saunas for around two weeks. The treatment tends to last between six and 18 months, however, each individual is different.


Man being injected with dermal filler


Anti-Wrinkle Injections for Men

Another option would be to opt for injections into the areas most affected by your wrinkles. These injections are incredibly safe and work by blocking the nerve impulses from reaching the area. Muscles become relaxed, and the skin becomes smooth and wrinkle-free. The purified protein injected is produced by the Clostridium bacterium; we find that it works best for treating crow’s feet, frown lines and wrinkles on the forehead, top lip and neck areas.

After treatment, it’s recommended that you avoid hot tubs, saunas, exercise and sunbathing for at least 2 days. It is recommended that you repeat the process every 3 to 4 months to achieve long-lasting effects.


How Can The Aesthetic Skin Clinic Help?

If you are looking for male anti-wrinkle treatments in Belfast, Jersey or Guernsey, we can help. Our expert team have years of experience in delivering treatments to both men and women who want to reduce the signs of ageing on their skin. We can answer any questions you may have about the treatments and how they can affect men and women.