Much of the lay press on dermal fillers, such as restyalne and juvederm, has been devoted to female patients. However, men represent one of the largest market sectors seeking improvements for many reasons. Some just want to look younger, get a competitive advantage in the work place. The advantage of dermal fillers in men is that incisions are not made on the face and the procedure can have little to no downtime. In additon, they provide instant improvement at a fraction of the cost of a surgical procedure.
Some of the first signs of aging can be seen in the smile lines (nasolabial folds), crow's feet (lines around the eyes), and glabellar furrows (lines on the forehead). While some lines can be considered a sign of character, deep furrows and lines can give the impression of tiredness and age. Softening these lines will convey a message of youthfullness and vitality.
Patients who are typically apprehensive about procedures with needles do quite well with Dr. Shah's finese technique. His knowledge of facial anatomy allows him to block certain nerves, making the experience pain free.
Use of fillers differs from women in several regards. Men tend to have thicker skin than women, which can make "thin" fillers less effective. Heavy fillers are some of the newer fillers on the market including Perlane, Juverderm Ultra Plus, and Radiesse. "Heavy fillers" work better in men for several reasons. First of all, thicker fillers last longer than their counterparts, making repeated visits to the physician less relevant. The heavy fillers are placed in a deeper layer of the dermis than the thinner fillers, which allows for larger amounts of filler to be placed without compromising a natural look.