We don’t have any flying cars, but we just got another movie from The fast and the furious frank – it’s easy to feel that progress is a bit stuck these days. But one area where the company has made great strides in recent years is in men’s cosmetic procedures to make you look a little younger. Consider the modern and imperceptible hair transplant. (Have you ever wondered why male celebrities don’t go bald anymore?)
A similar slow revolution has also occurred with skin procedures, and minimally invasive treatments like botox and laser resurfacing are increasingly common. If you have acne, you can fight it with more than topical treatments like tretinoin and salicylic acid. Likewise, a simple injection can prevent or hide wrinkles and a thread lift can firm the skin.
Here has GQ we are neutral in Switzerland to know if you should doing any job is entirely up to you and your doctor. However, we wanted to get an overview of our options, so we consulted a professional, Dr Gary Linkov on the most common cosmetic procedures for men these days. If something sounds interesting here, you’ll want to take the same approach: see a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or comparable board-certified health professional. The cost of these procedures can vary widely, from a few hundred dollars for a lightweight filler to thousands for many rounds of laser treatments, and will depend on many subtle factors and even where you live. So while we can’t give the full picture of which men’s cosmetic procedures will work for your face, here’s where to start.
For acne and acne scars: laser resurfacing, microneedling and fillers
We talk a lot about resurfacing in skin care – it’s the process of bringing your healthiest, brightest, newest skin cells to the fore. This is basically what the exfoliation does, along with the ingredients in the peel like lactic acid and salicylic acid. And for those particularly acne prone whose pimples, blemishes, and scars heal at a freezing rate, there is laser resurfacing. In this case, however, it requires exfoliation at the Death Star level, removing the outermost layer of the skin and stimulating the skin to produce more collagen and regenerate faster. Linkov says some patients will need multiple sessions, spaced several months apart, for optimal results.
A less invasive option, especially for dark or shallow acne scars, is microneedling. This process also works to resurface the skin by creating thousands of imperceptible “micro-wounds” on the skin which in turn trigger the production of collagen. (It’s not as painful as it sounds.) Some treatments add radio frequency waves to create similar “thermal sores” under the skin for the same effect.
As for deep “ice pick” scars: “If they are too deep to be improved with lasers or micro-needles, fillers can be used to fill deep valleys,” says Linkov. “Alternatively, surgical options exist for the more resistant areas. “
For hyperpigmentation: intense pulsed light or Q-switched ruby laser
Men in their 40s and 50s may begin to experience “sun spots” or “age spots” which are usually caused by an overproduction of melanin in the skin. Your skin may make you take retinol to aid resurfacing, or hydroquinone, which produces reversible lightening of the skin by interfering with melanin production. When it comes to procedures, mild chemical peels and certain lasers, such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or Ruby Q-switched laser, can also help in some cases. “IPL therapy targets areas of hyperpigmentation without affecting the epidermis or subcutaneous tissue,” Linkov notes. “IPL energy is only absorbed by specific cells responsible for hyperpigmentation.”