Men, Botox & us – OH MY!

Have you heard the big news? Deion “Prime Time” Sanders has been treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic.

It turns out Deion is part of a growing trend. Over 450,000 botulinum toxin procedures were performed on men in the United States within the last year.

“Turning 50 prompted me to take an honest look in the mirror and when I did, I noticed lines between my brows and in the corners of my eyes, and that’s just not Prime,” said Deion. “If I was going to do this, I was going to invest in a brand that doctors have trusted for years. I was treated for my moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines. After my first treatment, I began to notice results within 48 hours. My doctor said I could expect to see an improvement in the appearance of my frown lines for up to 4 months.”



Each year, an increasing number of American men are undergoing medical cosmetic procedures to help them achieve inner confidence and well-being at work and in their daily lives. At Refinery Skin & Body Specialists we believe men should have the same access to these treatments as women within a supportive environment.


“Brotox” is the new code word for BOTOX® for Men and it is becoming more and more popular. The stigma associated with cosmetic procedures nowadays has greatly decreased and male patients who have received Botox feel more confident and believe it gives them a competitive edge.


Brotox lasts an average of 4-6 months for most men, so it should be repeated 2-3 times a year for best results. The good news for BOTOX regulars is that studies show that those who keep up with their BOTOX injections for a period of about two years may end up requiring less BOTOX to get the same result after that amount of time. This is only true when you don’t miss doses, so most of our clients will simply schedule an appointment every 4 months so they don’t have to think about it.


1.) It takes more BOTOX to do the job. Men have much more muscle mass in their foreheads and brows than women do, so it usually requires a larger amount of product to achieve a perfect amount of relaxation. Women typically require 30-50 units of Botox, while men are usually in the 50-80 unit range.

2.) The ideal brow shape is different for a man. Brow shape is the KEY to natural looking BOTOX, and if the shape is off because of bad technique, the result will be less than ideal. Women’s brows should have a gentle arch that sits a few centimeters above the brow bone. Men’s brows should not have much of an arch, and should not sit much above the bone. A straighter, lower brow is more attractive for a man, and getting this look depends entirely on how your injector administers the BOTOX.

3.) Men require a more precise technique. It takes a special eye and technique to give men the results they are after. Many inexperienced or unqualified injectors use the same technique on every person. While this may sometimes lead to good results, it will not be consistent or appropriate for everyone. Ideal BOTOX results in both men and women require an elite level of knowledge of the anatomy of the forehead and brow muscles, a unique understanding of how they work together, an artistic eye that appreciates the subtle differences in brow shape between men and women, and a steady hand that is capable of putting the BOTOX precisely where it needs to be.

4.) Different hairlines require a slightly different injection pattern. Men often have much higher hairlines than women, and in some cases when men have shaved heads this is especially true. Sometimes it’s necessary to extend the Botox up onto the scalp for the most natural results depending on the hair style. This is never an issue with women but is a very commonly missed technique in men. Another plus for extending BOTOX into the scalp is that it has been shown to slow the rate of hair loss in younger men who are going bald.

Schedule your free consultation with Refinery Skin & Body Specialists’s doctor, Dr. Suji Park-Idler today! 919-322-5555

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