6 Things That Men Need to Know about “Brotox” (And Why It’s OK)

A man with a needle that is about to administer him with Botox - a practice often called "Brotox"

Botox is one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments available today.

It’s effective.

There’s no surgery required.

It’s inexpensive, especially when you compare it to surgical options.

No wonder, then, that Botox has become the go-to cosmetic treatment for millions of people worldwide. It’s effective at a range of things, from battling wrinkles, to slowing the ageing process altogether.

But if that’s the case, then why are men not getting it? Why is there such a stigma around men having it, when it’s even gained its own special name: “Brotox”? Well it seems this may all be changing…

Who Should Use Botox Injections?

Let’s get this out of the way now. People generally believe that cosmetic procedures, such as plastic surgery and Botox, are meant solely for women. But women are not the only victims of ageing!

Here’s the truth. We need to squash this ideology because, put simply, men age too!  There is no reason they shouldn’t benefit from the corrective and preventative effects of Botox (or any other cosmetic treatment that they wish to have). The only thing stopping men having these injections is a societal stigma, which has gone on too long in our 21st century world.

A man standing confidently in an alleyway, wearing a suit
Confidence and self esteem are cited as the biggest reasons that men consider cosmetic treatment

It’s Totally Fine To Use Botox Injections as a Man. You Don’t Even Have to Call it “Brotox”

The truth is that the world we live in is a youth as well as appearance focused world. We care too much what other people look like, placing pressure on them to fit a certain profile before we can deem them appropriate. Selfies are the reigning trend, and you have to look your absolute best at all times. Many perceive younger looking men as smarter, or generally more skilled. This is a harsh reality, even if it is largely subconscious. Findings from major studies show that more attractive, youthful appearing workers often get a higher salary just for the way they look. Men in particular are not exempt, but they are placed in a difficult situation where they can’t do anything about it. 

This is a common topic that comes up in counselling, as it is sometimes hard for men to adapt to the changes happening to their faces.

If you are a man who has started noticing fine lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles on your face and it is causing worry for you, it is totally fine if you opt for Botox.

You won’t be the first man to get Botox injections.

You’re not the first man who has been reluctant, because of societal pressures.

And you’re certainly not the first man to suffer from the effects of ageing.

Botox for men, sometimes referred to as ‘Brotox’, is becoming more and more popular. Millions of men worldwide, including celebrities, have had Botox injections to improve aspects of their faces. A lot of them have used it to look younger and reinvigorated. Rumours regularly circulate about male Hollywood actors having Brotox, with Jared Leto being the subject of some recent ones.

Before making the choice, however, here are the answers to a few common questions:

1. Where’s the best place to get Botox?

As mentioned earlier, Brotox is a really popular procedure. As a result of its popularity, there are a lot of practitioners who you can get your Botox injections from. You need to be careful, so as not to get your Botox injection from someone who’s not qualified enough.

Any medical procedure such as Botox should only ever be administered by a trained medical professional. This is even though Botox rarely lead to complications. You have to keep your eye out for highly recommended professionals with good reviews. If not administered by an experienced clinician, Botox can have negative side effects such as a droopy eyelid. In order to avoid these side effects, it’s advisable to go to tested and proven professionals to get your Botox injections.

A senior doctor shaking hands with a young man
Many experienced clinicians offer anti-wrinkle treatments with Botox. A little bit of research will go a long way in giving you confidence in your practitioner.

2. What does getting Botox feel like? Are there pains, bruising, and swelling?

The entire procedure should be swift and uncomplicated. Once your doctor has marked out your treatment areas, all that’s left is to make a few injections in those areas. After that, you’re free to go.

With regards to pains, a lot of people who have undergone the procedure reported minimal pain, as well as a bit of visible swelling. The swelling is normal should last for less than ten minutes. If it lasts much longer than that, then there’s a problem.

3. What are the results I should be expecting from Botox?

As long as the procedure was properly done, Botox should result in an appearance that’s more youthful and full of life.  The results take a few days to manifest, usually after three to four days. Once results begin to surface, the condition of your face will gradually improve for about two week, after which results will reach their peak level.

4. Are there possible side effects?

Any medical procedure comes with the potential for side effects, but for Botox these are minimal, and should be explained to you fully in your consultation.  A small amount of bruising, redness, and swelling are the most common, but seeing an experienced practitioner will minimise these.

If it was not properly done, however, the Botox can spread too far and cause change to muscles it wasn’t intended for. This can lead to things like a droopy eyelid, or a “frozen” face. Some people have also claimed that while it has dealt with their wrinkles, it has led to some terrible under-eye bags.

5. How long will Brotox last for?

This is a question whose answer varies based on individual treatment. Depending on the areas treated and units injected, it lasts for different amounts of times on different people. Botox usually lasts for somewhere between two and six months on average.

An hourglass on a rocky beach
The effects of Botox last between 2 to 6 months, depending on the individual. Unfortunately, if you’re unhappy with the results you will have to wait it out.

6. I don’t have wrinkles yet. Can I use Botox as a means of prevention?

It’s absolutely possible to use Botox as a means of prevention against wrinkles. Once you start the treatments before the formation of wrinkles start, it helps to limit their development. It also reduces the cost and number of treatments you will need later. Professionals have also testified to the fact that when you start treating wrinkles before they form, it makes treatment easier.

Apart from using Botox to treat wrinkles, you can also use them to treat a variety of medical conditions including migraines, heavy sweating, and muscle spasms. You should not let anyone shame or mock you for opting to get “Brotox”. Even calling it “Brotox” makes it seem eccentric, like it’s a deviation from the norm. Contrast this with the reality that a record number of men are getting it every year, and you’ll see that there’s nothing out of the ordinary about it at all. It’s a quick, inexpensive, and proven method of giving your face a youthful and reborn look.

Disclaimer: this article is for information only, and forms no substitute for medical advice at all. The Cosmetics Guru does not endorse any medical procedure. Advice should only be taken from your medical professional, and as such, your reliance on any information given in this article is solely at your own risk. If you have any questions regarding cosmetic treatments or any medical procedure at all, they should be addressed to your doctor. 

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