Men and Skin

A dermatologist meeting with a man who actually cares about his skin health and appearance enough to rejuvenate with minimally invasive cosmetic procedures is no longer a rarity. Women have long made up the largest demographic of people who seek out minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, but there have always been men, too, who choose injectables, lasers, or other treatments as a way to look refreshed—and their numbers are growing.

Dr. Derek Jones recently contributed to a study examining facial aging in men, with a focus on when signs of aging first appear, preventive behaviors that could delay these initial signs, and how race and ethnicity play a part. He also contributed to a separate project that analyzed multiple studies to assess how effective botulinum toxin is at treating frown lines in men.

The facial aging study involved more than 800 men between the ages of 18 and 75, all living in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. More severe signs of aging—forehead lines, crow’s feet, and nasolabial folds—were reported as appearing earlier among Caucasians, but most of the subjects, including men of every race and ethnicity, admitted to not using sunscreen or regularly practicing similar activities that would prevent signs of aging.

The botulinum toxin study review showed that, on the whole, botulinum toxin-based treatments were less effective for men who received the same doses as women. This highlighted an apparent problem in universal recommended dosing, since men tend to have thicker skin and more significant muscle mass—both of which can cause doses of BOTOX® and similar treatments intended for thinner skin and smaller muscle masses to not last as long or be as effective.

The ultimate takeaway from all of this? Dermatologists best serve their patients when they customize their treatment plans. This means working with each person as an individual to provide effective anti-aging tips, recommend a long-term course of care, and using doses that are both safe and effective. This happens best when communication is open and patients build a relationship with their physicians—one based on trust.

Let us know what’s on your mind, whether you’re a man looking for his first-ever cosmetic treatment or a regular patient of Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills. Send us a message online, or call 310-246-0495.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.