Options in Grooming for Men
As you look around you may have noticed the growing attention being given to men’s style and the expanding number of options to improve your appearance and physique. This is evident in the multiplying number of men’s magazines, the rebirth of the barber shop and the emergence of masculine spa services, supplements, skin care, fragrances and so forth. And why not? You’ll feel more confident and others in your life will appreciate the attention you spend in keeping yourself looking your best. There’s also evidence that looking great for your age and stage has workplace benefits.
HERE ARE A FEW COMMON PROBLEMS AND THEIR STRAIGHTFORWARD AND ACCESSIBLE SOLUTIONS:
PROBLEM: Sunspots, redness and other sun damage.
SOLUTION: Photorejuvenation – this treatment blasts spots and other skin pigment and shrinks dilated blood vessels responsible for flushing and rosacea. Skin tone evens out over 3-5 sessions.
TIME: 15-45 minutes depending on the area
DOWNTIME/PAIN: Brown skin may darken then fade over 7 days. Pain = 2/5
PROBLEM: Forehead wrinkles and frown lines
SOLUTION: Botox Cosmetic®. Tiny amounts of Botox are injected to relax the muscles that cause negative expression lines in the forehead and around the eyes.
TIME: 30 minutes
DOWNTIME/PAIN: None. Pain = 1/5
PROBLEM: Under eye and cheek hollows bags.
SOLUTION: Juvederm™- a natural sugar-based gel is injected into areas around the eye, cheek, nose and mouth that form hollows and lines that cause a tired or drawn look.
TIME: 30-60 minutes.
DOWNTIME/PAIN: May cause bruising and swelling. Pain is usually 2/5 with a numbing gel applied before injection.
PROBLEM: Leathery skin and acne scars
SOLUTION: The SmartXide DOT fractional resurfacing. This treatment sends heat into the skin through extremely tiny ports to vaporize old collagen triggering new collagen.
TIME: 15-60 minutes
DOWNTIME/PAIN: 7-10 days until the newly healed skin emerges after peeling. Pain = 3-4/5 with numbing cream applied for 60 minutes. Yes, this one hurts but nothing else quite does the job that this does to improve most of the aspects of skin aging, sun damage and scarring.
PROBLEM: Back and other unwanted hair
SOLUTION: Laser hair removal. This requires 6 treatment sessions for most ideal hair and skin types of hair thinning and smoother skin starts after 3 sessions for many.
TIME: 15-45 + minutes depending on the area
DOWNTIME/PAIN: Skin may look red for 1-2 days. The hair takes 2-3 weeks to fall out. Avoid tanning though out the treatment schedule.
Pain 1-3 /5. The topical freezing gel helps.
For any of these or other medical enhancement treatments, I suggest booking a consultation to discuss your individual goals and the treatment options in greater detail.