A gender-tailored approach is critical to ensure masculine features are not feminized.
Record numbers of men are scheduling aesthetic treatments in dermatology. Top reasons for the increase: social acceptability, competition in the workforce, desire to look and feel younger, increased awareness of the safety of treatments, and quick to immediate and appealing results.
Successful results, however, can only be achieved when the practice is educated and keenly aware of the gender differences in anatomy, skin biology, and aging issues between men and women. For example, an ideal masculine profile has strong angularity in facial features: square jawline, prominent chin, straight nose bridge, and well-defined browline. Fillers and Botox can be used to enhance, and sometimes even create, these masculine characteristics.
In regards to skin biology and aging issues, men have thicker, rougher, generally oilier skin and higher collagen density than women. However, approaches to pigment issues, skin laxity, and skin health can be treated basically using the same devices and products as for women. For example, IPL, chemical peels, microneedling, laser skin resurfacing, etc. are preferred treatments for skin health and appearance regardless of gender, although treatment protocols and product strengths may sometimes vary.