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A Gentlemen’s Guide To Cosmetic Treatments

You’re ageing. As we speak, your skin is getting a little less firm. The lines around your mouth are deepening.

The bags under your eyes are darkening. Getting older is inescapable, but looking older isn’t.

Cosmetic procedures are no longer reserved for plastic-faced reality starlets. More and more men are getting in on the anti-ageing action. Treatments that once sounded outlandish for guys now sound like simple routine upkeep, like an oil check for your car or spring cleaning for your bachelor pad.

Not only are these procedures less expensive than cosmetic surgery, they also involve little to no recovery time and can be performed in outpatient facilities. Just pop in on your lunch break, have quick tune-up, and get back to work with no one the wiser.

The Truth About Injectables

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Facial fillers and injectables can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, folds, and sunken cheeks. If you’re concerned about mild to moderate signs of aging on your face, injectables can be a temporary solution before serious surgical interventions are required.

Botox – or should we say ‘Brotox?’ – is a popular no-downtime procedure. A small amount of botulinum A toxin is injected directly into the muscle below a wrinkle, temporarily paralyzing it. As a result, the muscle relaxes and surface skin is smoother and younger-looking.

Other injectables are fillers, which add volume to the skin to fill in wrinkles, folds, scars and other depressions. Juvederm and Restylane can be injected around the eyes to reduce dark circles, bags, and fine lines.

They can also be used for lip enhancement, boosting cheek volume, and the reduction of forehead wrinkles and smile lines.

Understanding Microdermabrasion

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Take your regular exfoliation routine (you have one, right?) and kick it up a notch. That’s microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is a painless, non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that uses a vacuum suction device together with a mild chemical crystal formulation to remove the top layer of skin cells. It won’t eliminate serious wrinkles, but it can remove ultrafine lines, brighten your complexion, ease sun damage and age spots, help topical products penetrate more deeply, and give your skin a more youthful glow.

Laser Hair Removal

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Say goodbye to nicks, cuts, ingrown hairs, and razor burn from shaving. With laser hair removal, you can avoid it all (plus the damned yoga poses you have to contort into to shave your back).

Using laser light energy to penetrate the hair shaft, laser hair removal destroys the follicle to permanently reduce hair growth. Hair falls out gradually in the days and weeks that follow the procedure. Popular areas for men include back, shoulders, chest, stomach and neck.

Note that laser hair removal is only effective on dark hair, and that multiple sessions will be required to kill hair in all phases of growth. Coarse, dark hair on light skin is easiest to treat.

Chemical Peels

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If you can afford to look like something out of a horror film after the procedure, a chemical peel can transform your face.

During a peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin. The outer layer then peels off over time to reveal brighter, smoother, rejuvenated skin. Peels can be superficial, medium, or deep – deeper peels result in more dramatic effects, but come with higher risks, increased pain, and longer healing times.

Depending on the type of peel, results vary from simple refreshed skin to more serious benefits like stimulated collagen production, reduced wrinkles, improved skin texture, corrected pigment problems, and reduced sun damage. All lead to a younger-looking complexion.

Expert Tip

Rochelle Collis, LaserClinics Australia

“The industry of non-surgical cosmetic treatments is no longer just a woman’s thing; men have started to become more conscious of the cosmetic industry.”

There are number of popular treatments that men try to keep themselves looking their best. Often we will see that men are more comfortable trying procedures that aren’t invasive and do not have much downtime. The below treatments are seen within our clinics:

Laser hair removal: Removing unwanted hair with laser hair removal is now quicker, safer and more affordable than ever. In less than 5 minutes, men can treat unwanted nose, ear and back of neck hair. These quick treatments are popular across all demographics of males. The hassle of waxing or shaving your back (or having your girlfriend do it) is now eliminated.<

The Australian beauty industry is booming with Aussies spending an increasing amount on beauty, and this does not count out males.

Cosmetic injections: “Brotox” is increasingly popular. Men often have deeper lines and wrinkles than females, but they can effectively treat these in quick appointments over their lunchbreaks, with results in 14 days. Dark circles under the eyes can be treated with dermal fillers, filling in the area and helping to add volume to the face.

Skincare: Men have realised results don’t only happen in clinic, and are starting to include a skincare routine in their home life. By properly cleansing and exfoliating with active skincare ingredients, men are able to assist their shaving and reduce shaving rash.

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