It wasn’t so long ago that spa treatments, both beauty and medical, were considered to be the domain of women. As the world thankfully starts to become more inclusive and in turn skeptical of traditional ‘masculine’ rules that were followed for generations, spas are starting to see an increase in male customers.
After all, things like skincare, fine lines, laser hair removal, acne scars, liposuction, sun damage, pigmentation and so many more are not issues that are just restricted to women. If there are men who want spa services why shouldn’t they have easy access to them? Men can benefit from skin treatments, cosmetic surgery, and various beauty therapies as much as women.
It has become much more acceptable that aesthetic beauty, self-confidence, and feeling good about the skin you’re in are wellness and mental health factors for both sexes.
There is obviously going to be some synergy in the type of med spa treatments for men and women, but as there is inevitably a divergence in the main concerns for both sexes, the top treatments sought by men differ from those sought by women.
The most popular treatment plans for women focus heavily on skincare with multiple visits to a day spa for procedures like microneedling, removal of cellulite, hydrafacials, and chemical peels. Men’s treatment plans tend to look more toward hair and body improvement although this too is evolving with more males embracing a wider range of spa services including improvement of skin health.
Here are five of the most popular spa treatments for men that are being booked.
There may still be a little bit of taboo attached to the idea of men getting Botox but it is gaining in popularity and you’re quite likely to see Botox for men being described as “Bro-tox”!
This treatment uses botulinum toxin to make up for the lines and wrinkles that happen as a natural part of the aging process with years of repetitive muscle movement. Products like Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau can eliminate fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles around the eyes, between the brows, and forehead.
For men especially, the forehead can be an area of real concern where wrinkles can develop prematurely. If you are a man who likes to be very active and live a predominantly outdoor lifestyle, the effects of the environment on your exposed skin can start to weather it way before ‘your time’.
Botox is very effective in producing the skin tightening needed to reduce the effect of furrows as well as the fine lines and wrinkles like crow’s feet that appear when your face starts to lose some of its elasticity and youthful shape.
Botox is a suitable alternative to a surgery in these areas, an acceptable solution for anyone who does not want an invasive procedure by a plastic surgeon. Although Botox injectables are a repeated need because the results are not permanent, they are affordable.
Another benefit of Botox of particular interest to men is that it can be used as a treatment for excessive underarm sweating. Excessive sweating can become uncomfortable and irritating, not to mention the embarrassment that comes with extensive pit stains on your clothing. Botox injections block the nerve signals responsible for sweating which stops the sweat glands from producing too much sweat.
Something also of particular and growing interest to men is Scrotox – Botox for the scrotum. Botox gives the scrotum a larger plumper appearance as well as lower-hanging testicles which are more comfortable. Athletes are also attracted to this procedure because, as with the armpits, Botox can reduce perspiration in the scrotal area.
Of course, Botox isn’t the only type of injectable that is available. Some other popular forms of dermal fillers include brands like Restylane, Belotero, Voluma, RHA and Juvederm, all of which have their own individual benefits and differences, All provide volumization of the skin and the reduction of visible signs of aging and also some other medical-related benefits as well.
If you have any blemishes like acne scarring on your face or neck, then dermal fillers can restore even tone to the skin. The filler is injected carefully to level out indented or raised areas that while not sore or painful is an annoyance and distraction whenever you look in the mirror.
Fillers can also be used to redefine face shape. They can be injected into areas like the jawline or cheeks to produce a more symmetrical look.
Other uses of fillers are to add volume to lips, plump out cheeks, provide non-surgical nose jobs, and also to reduce the appearance of smile lines.
Dermal fillers, regardless of brand, are a great way to change and rejuvenate your facial muscle aesthetic to avoid a much more invasive treatment like a facelift.
Body sculpting, also known as body contouring, is a great option for men who haven’t quite managed to achieve their dream body in the gym. It won’t turn an obese person into a Baywatch model, but it can be the final step of a chiseling journey that started in the gym. A medical spa may offer different options.
This is a non-invasive treatment for fat reduction and muscle toning that is extremely effective. Most spas will claim a 30 percent reduction in fat and a 25 percent increase in muscle – more than any other similar procedure. It also takes less time than other options.
Unlike other body contouring therapies which tend to use just one form of energy, Emsculpt Neo uses two synchronized energies. RF heats up the muscles to raise their temperature a few degrees (similarly to an athletic/gym-type warm-up) and simultaneously they are stimulated by High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy to produce intense contractions that help tone them.
Emsculpt Neo can be used on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, calves and arms.
CoolSculpting is a trendy treatment enjoyed by just as many men as women.
Also known as fat freezing, it is a non-invasive procedure that requires no downtime, which makes it an attractive option for people who don’t have the time to spend at home recovering for ages.
The treatment uses a precise applicator to freeze the underlying layer of fat tissue This sparks a process of stimulation that naturally reduces the stubborn fat cells over a period of 1-3 months. Areas that can be treated are the abdomen, love handles, back, thighs, and chin.
There are also contouring procedures for reshaping the face. contouring procedures will tighten and lift loose skin around the eyes and jawline. Typically, the options are:
Thermismooth – Non-surgical radio frequency heat treatment for eyes and face
Thermitight – 1 treatment can last up to 4 years, great for loose skin and fat reduction.
Ultherapy – Non- surgical treatment that tightens and lifts the skin
Hair Loss Treatment
For generations, hair loss has probably been men’s first cosmetic concern.
Things like a receding hairline and male pattern baldness can have a real negative impact on male self-esteem which is why hair loss treatments continue to be one of the most commonly enquired about treatments across the country.
Depending on the spa, treatments will range from physical hair transplants to therapies that involve microneedling and the application of special serums to the scalp’s skin cells that contain special growth factors to encourage and stimulate dormant hair follicles.
The type of treatment and the number of therapy sessions required depends on which parts of the scalp and the extent of the areas to be treated.
Laser Tattoo Removal
If you have ever made a regrettable tattoo decision, then it is probably fair to assume that you often wish you had never made that decision in the first place! Well, the good news is that there is now technology to reverse that bad decision that is more accessible than ever before.
Laser tattoo removal is among the most popular laser treatments and not only does the treatment remove the ink from the layers of the dermis that were dyed to make the tattoo, but it can also help to improve your overall skin health in the affected areas going forward.
You will need to have a discussion with your removal professional about the location of your tattoo and the colors of ink that were used, as some can be removed more effectively than others, but in general, most common tattoos and inks can be removed thanks to modern methods.
Find an aesthetic office that offers the procedure you want but make sure you carry out diligent checks before signing up for any treatment. If you are interested in these or any other treatments available at a medical spa, Z Center for Cosmetic Health offers an array of options. Contact us for a consultation on which treatment is right for you!