While women have traditionally dominated the market for cosmetic surgery in Australia, recent reports indicate a significant increase in cosmetic procedures among men – particularly those seeking non surgical or non invasive fillers and wrinkle relaxants.
Interestingly, men appear to have entered the market for slightly different reasons to women. They also opt for different procedures. Some commentators note that, in an economically competitive environment that is increasingly concerned with physical appearance, men are seeking non surgical treatments to maintain an advantage in the job market. While women tend to use non surgical fillers and wrinkle relaxants as ‘anti-ageing’ treatments, men are more likely to use these to appear ‘less angry’ or to sculpt a more ‘masculine’ jawline.
Facing the facts for men
Injection techniques are slightly different for men and women, so it is important to seek a medical practitioner with experience in treating the male face.
- Male skin is physiologically different to female skin. The male dermis is 20 per cent thicker and has a higher collagen content. Due to this, men tend to have fewer superficial wrinkles and fewer lines around the mouth.
- Men have a larger muscle mass and less subcutaneous fat than women. There is also a difference between men and women in the receptors within the muscle that the fillers or relaxers attach to. For this reason, men need 1.5 to 2 times the amount of product as women to treat a particular area.
Our registered nurse Alex Earnshaw has been a skilled nurse injector for more than 8 years. She is fully accredited by Allergan and Australasian Medical and Scientific and is practiced in providing other medically proven treatments (including IPL and paramedical tattooing), tailored to suit your needs. Contact us to book a one-on-one consultation with Alex.