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Four noninvasive cosmetic treatments customized for men

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As noninvasive cosmetic treatments continue to grow in popularity, so has their demand among men. Noninvasive treatments can provide great results for both men and women, but men tend to have their own specific set of aesthetic concerns.

Most men are interested in addressing the signs of aging while maintaining a masculine appearance. Some common concerns for men as they age are stubborn fat pockets and fine lines and wrinkles. That is why these four treatments for men can be perfect for creating a better, more youthful appearance.


As men get older, their metabolism slows – and so begins the struggle with losing stubborn fat and maintaining a lean physique. When diet and exercise are no longer enough to trim and tone the abdomen and backside, some men are finding EMSCULPT® to be a good solution. EMSCULPT is the first nonsurgical body contouring procedure designed to reduce fat while building muscle.

What can make this nonsurgical body sculpting device so effective is its ability to induce a high amount of muscle contractions by way of high-intensity electromagnetic energy. This muscle stimulation causes the targeted muscles to contract well beyond what a person can achieve through sit-ups or squats alone. The intense muscle contractions cause the muscle tissue to restructure and increases fat burning.

Many men have described the sensation during the 30-minute EMSCULPT treatment to be comparable to taking part in a strenuous workout. EMSCULPT is FDA-cleared for toning, strengthening and firming the abdomen and buttocks. Zero downtime is needed for recovery, and final results are typically experienced between 2 to 4 weeks after final treatment. Depending on personal goals, some men may need multiple sessions to achieve optimal results.


CoolSculpting® is another nonsurgical body contouring option that has solidified its spot on the list of top nonsurgical treatments for men. For those wanting to get rid of pockets of unwanted fat, CoolSculpting can be a smart choice. Common spots where men accumulate fat as they age are the upper and lower abdominal areas as well as the hips, but CoolSculpting can be used virtually anywhere on the body.

CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis technology to freeze subcutaneous fat cells without harming the surrounding skin and tissue. Subcutaneous fat is the pinchable fat that sits just underneath the skin. After the CoolSculpting treatment has destroyed the targeted fatty tissue, the body then eliminates the fat cells through the lymphatic system.

Each session typically takes around 30 minutes to complete. Some plastic surgeons offer a few different options for CoolSculpting treatment like DualSculpting® and CoolAdvantage™. DualSculpting uses two CoolSculpting machines simultaneously to address more than one area at once, while CoolAdvantage uses an even colder temperature to achieve body-slimming results in less time.

Although treatment results vary from person to person, it can take up to 2 to 4 months to achieve final results as the body gradually eliminates the fat cells. Men can see up to a 25 percent reduction in fat cells in the treated area. Multiple sessions may be needed depending on personal goals. Fat reduction without the inconvenience of incisions, anesthesia, or extensive downtime, makes CoolSculpting an easy choice for nonsurgical body contouring for men.

Botox Injections

Fine lines and wrinkles aren't just common concerns for women. Many men find that the first signs of aging hinder their self-confidence. That is why Botox injections—such as Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin®—has risen to the top of the list for medical spa treatments for men. Botox, fondly referred to as "brotox" when used for men, can temporarily treat the common signs of aging in the upper face such as:

  • Crow's feet around the eyes
  • Deep lines and wrinkles in the forehead
  • Frown lines between the eyebrows

Depending on the aesthetic goals and amount of product needed to treat the target areas of concern, Botox treatments can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. There is no recovery time needed after Botox injections, and final results can be experienced in 3 to 7 days. The effects of Botox treatments can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months and can be easily maintained with repeat treatments.

Even though Botox has widespread popularity, it's important to seek a qualified provider to safely and effectively administer treatment. Having your injections from a board-certified plastic surgeon with a wealth of knowledge, skill and training can bring excellent results.


Loss of volume in the facial area is also a major factor in developing deep folds and wrinkles. That is why many men seek the benefits of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can address the commons signs of aging at a fraction of the cost and downtime it would take for other more invasive treatments like facelifts.

There are a variety of dermal fillers to choose from, but most nowadays contain a formulation of hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite, both of which are absorbed naturally by your body over time. The deciding factor of which brand of dermal filler to use will depend on the area of desired treatment, type of condition needing treatment and how long the individual wants the results to last. Fillers can:

  • Restore volume loss
  • Soften lines especially around the mouth
  • Improve pitted scarring
  • Add fullness and definition to the lips

Treatment can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Following treatment, some people may experience minimal swelling and pinkness, but should see the full effects within 3 to 7 days. Depending on which type of dermal filler is chosen, men can enjoy their results anywhere from 6 months to 2 full years.

Thinking about one of the procedures mentioned above?

It's easy to see why so many men are opting for noninvasive treatments to address their cosmetic concerns. Noninvasive cosmetic treatments can offer wonderful results, little downtime and affordable costs.

Ready to speak with a plastic surgeon about one of the noninvasive procedures mentioned above? Be sure to check out the ASPS Find a Plastic Surgeon tool to find a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


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