Guess what? Men request cosmetic treatments, too! We often think of women being the only ones investing in preventative aging treatments, but over the years, I’ve seen a tremendous growth in the number of male patients requesting enhancements — big & small. It used to be that male patients only visited me for their annual skin check or because of an itchy rash or unsightly wart, but now they’re being much more proactive in their overall aesthetic wellness. And it’s exciting, because dermatological science and technology has come so far in effectively addressing men’s top concerns: hair restoration, hair removal, and skin rejuvenation.
Hair loss can affect a man’s self-esteem, especially if the pattern of loss occurs very early or is irregular. Medicated shampoos, topical steroids, prescription medications, and even time-consuming and expensive hair plugs used to be the only solutions, but they often had mixed results. But the new kid on the block, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, delivers truly exceptional results for male-patterned baldness.
By harnessing the rejuvenating properties of the proteins within your own blood, it stimulates dormant hair follicles and repairs hair growth cycles. I love Purespin PRP® because it delivers the highest PRP yield through a double spin process, leading not only to superior hair restoration results, but also minimum discomfort — just a little tingling — as finer needles are required for injection.
Read more about PRP Therapy here.
Laser Hair Removal
Many of my male patients get frustrated with the irony that they have too little hair on top and too much hair everywhere else. And I get it! Luckily, hair removal technologies have become so much more advanced over the years to remove excess hair in fewer treatments than devices of old required.
Patients are ecstatic to learn that they can do away with trimming, shaving, and even waxing their back, chest, arms, and hands with the Diolaze XL laser hair removal device. It uses optimal pulsing light energy to target hair follicles for maximum efficacy. Unlike other lasers that risk lightening darker skin, it can be used safely on all skin types. We often associate laser hair removal with the feeling of a rubber band snapping on the skin, but the Diolaze XL’s sophisticated cooling technology minimizes any discomfort.
As the women in their lives start to invest more in their own skincare, I’ve noticed that many men have started to think about investing in their own skin. Most often, I get requests to undo sun damage that has accumulated from years of golfing or playing other sports outside with inadequate SPF or desire for reduced wrinkles wrinkles that have developed as a result of stressful jobs…or rambunctious kids!
I personalize skin rejuvenation programs for each and every patient, but I find that a treatment course for med often includes anything from targeted Botox to reduce wrinkles, to subtly-placed fillers to create a more defined profile, to more intense laser and light treatments like IPL or Clear & Brilliant to restore a brighter complexion.
Oftentimes, male patients have no established skincare routine — they typically just use what’s at the drugstore or what’s laying around (when they even remember!) — so we work together to come up with a regimen that is easy and that complements any and all treatments we do in-office. It’s amazing what a consistent at-home routine can do, especially in keeping the skin nourished and hydrated.
Read more about Skin Rejuvenation here.
So, Dads, you’re not alone in the quest for an optimal aesthetic. A few tweaks here and there can make a big difference in your self-confidence and set you on a proper path for graceful aging.