Our Top 5 Cosmetic Treatments for Men

Looking in the mirror and seeing yourself age sucks for everyone, not just women. In today’s workforce, there is growing competition between older and younger men not necessarily to look flawless and immaculate, but to look energetic and enterprising versus old and obsolete. While men have traditionally shied away from cosmetic treatments because vanity and masculinity are traditionally incompatible, technological advancements in dermatology now allow them to restore their youthfulness subtly without going under a knife – and more and more men are seeking out these treatments.

Cosmetic Dermatology Treatments for MenBut men’s goals differ from women’s: they want to maintain ruggedness, keep some lines, but eliminate eye hollows, facial folds, redness, and sagging. Plus, men and women’s skin are markedly different (and not just because men can grow beards). The primary difference is hormonal: testosterone makes a man’s skin about 25% thicker, makes it oilier, rougher, and sweatier than a woman’s.

Men also have a higher collagen density, though they lose collagen at a similar rate as women. But even though men’s skin is different, it responds to the same types of treatments as women’s, and our dermatologists are familiar and confident working on both men and women.

As always, skin care is essential to maintaining healthy, youthful skin, and to preventing the impacts of the sun and elements on your skin, but even the most dedicated regime has only a minimal impact on aging. For men wanting to look younger without surgery, here are our top 5 recommended cosmetic dermatology treatments for men:

1. Neuromodulators (also known as Brotox)
This neuromodulator (botulinum toxin type A) is injected beneath the surface of your skin and it works by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles responsible for forehead and smile lines. Men typically only do neuromodulator injections on their foreheads and they’re not looking for total smoothness, just a softening of the deeper, more obvious creases. The procedure is quick and only mildly uncomfortable (the needle pinches) and you’ll see results within about a week that last up to six months.

2. Microdermabrasion
A non-invasive medical facial treatment, microdermabrasion polishes the skin and removes dead skin cells which leaves your skin soft and supple and stimulates your skin’s regeneration, making your new skin cells thicker and firmer. A low risk procedure, microdermabrasion deeply exfoliates, minimizing scars, discolouration, fine lines, sun damage, blemishes, and enlarged pores while also giving the skin a youthful glow. Each treatment is about 30 minutes long, but you need multiple treatments to see results.

3. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers (hyperlink to dermal fillers page) are your best bet for volume loss, which is responsible for making you look deflated, listless, worn, tired, and old. They restore fulness at the temples and beneath the eyes while also reducing facial folds and minimizing wrinkles. Dermal fillers are incredibly subtle and natural looking, plus they provide instant results.

4. Chemical Peels
Used to reduce acne scarring, sun damage, and uneven colouring, chemical peels offer men improved skin texture, a more even skin tone, reduced lines, and less age spots. A SkinCeutical customized medical facial is great for exfoliation, collagen stimulation, and overall rejeuvenation, leaving the skin smoother and fuller.

5. Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
A non-invasive, photorejuvenation approach to correcting skin problems, this treatment uses infrared light to stimulated collagen production. Improving skin tone and surface imperfections due to aging, photo damage, vascular conditions, and acne scarring, IPL is particularly effective for redness and brown spots as well as for hair removal. For men, IPL is ideal for broken capillaries and rosacea.

Schedule your free consultation today to discuss the best dermatological treatments for your skin goals today.


You might be surprised what these can do for you.

Injectables involve instilling a product into the skin. The main options include neuromodulators, dermal fillers, and platelet rich plasma.

They are all complimentary to each other and can help restore a more rejuvenated youthful appearance.

Additional information regarding the injectable procedures you can find at our Edmonton clinic can be found below.

Our Range Of Injectable Treatments

Aging is inevitable, no one can avoid it. As we become older, our skin undergoes natural changes such as losing elastin, thinning skin, thinner blood vessel walls as well as changes beneath our skin like bone loss, cartilage loss, and fat loss in our cheeks, temples, chin, nose, and around our eyes. Together, these unavoidable changes make our skin rougher, looser, more transparent, more fragile, and more easily bruised.

Add to those changes the wrinkles and lines from a lifetime of sun exposure, harsh weather, laughing, smiling, and frowning and we’re all at the mercy of aging, although depending on our health and habits, the impact of aging varies. Regardless, at some point, we all end up with deep lines, hollows, slackness, thinness, and gauntness – particularly in our faces. A healthy lifestyle complete with a healthy diet, militant sunscreen wear, and a good skin care regime can delay the impacts of aging but not prevent them.

What Types Of Injectables Are There?

A neuromodulator (Botulinum toxin type A) is an injectable drug that causes controlled muscle relaxation. When we inject neuromodulators into your facial muscles, it blocks the nerve signals and prevents the muscles from tightening forcefully, allowing the muscles to relax. This muscle relaxation allows the creases in your face that are caused by muscles (think smiling and frowning) to soften. Offering visible results within days, your wrinkles and lines will continue to soften for approximately 30 days, with results lasting up to four months. In order to maintain the effects of neuromodulators, regular treatments are required.

Dermal fillers are injectables that use either natural or synthetic hyaluronic acid to plump up your skin. In contrast to neuromodulators, dermal fillers create volume and fullness which achieve a natural, youthful appearance and fill in thin lips, hollows around the eyes, or gauntness in your temples. The results with dermal fillers are instantaneous and long-lasting (three months to two years). We often use dermal fillers in combination with neuromodulators to achieve the best results since they each have different strengths. Our range of dermal fillers include Juvederm®, Restylane®, Revanesse, and RADIESSE®.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an injectable therapy that uses your own blood platelets to rejuvenate your skin. By drawing your blood and spinning it down, we then inject the platelets into your skin to improve texture, links, and wrinkles. By placing it deeper into areas like hollows under the eyes or sagginess in the neck, PRP can stimulate other cells to create fuller, healthier looking skin. Because PRP uses your own cells and tissues, the side effects are significantly lower than neuromodulators or dermal fillers. Changes to the skin with PRP are gradual and continue for three to six months and it lasts for about two years.

Book Your Injectables Consultation Today

Book your consultation today with Dr. Rao today so he can help you pick the injectable procedure that will best treat your main concern, or recommend combining certain treatments to achieve a more youthful look all over.

He will take the time address your specific needs and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the various injectable procedures. In addition, he will make recommendations as to the best treatment plan for achieving your desired results. Please fill in the form below to book your consultation now.

Neuromodulators for Headaches and Migraines

Chronic headaches and migraines are usually unbearable. Remedies such as laying down in the dark, medicating with over-the-counter painkillers, or taking a napBotox for Headaches hardly ever provide much relief; and when they do, the relief is only temporary because in just a few hours the headache or migraine returns.  The FDA approved and dermatologists’ recommended solution for chronic headache and migraines among adults is the neuromodulator botulinum toxin type A. This article aims to shed light on the increasingly popular solution for combating tedious painful headaches.

This neuromodulator is a prescribed form of medicine that is injected into the muscles. In this particular case however, it targets and reduces chronic headaches that are “present more than 15 days per month”.  The procedure is not available for children and has a specific criteria, namely, the presence of migraines or chronic headaches lasting four hours or more each day at 15 or more days per month in individuals who are over the age of 18.

Following an in-depth assessment of your medical history and current health your dermatologist will administer the neuromodulator using a needle and direct it to your muscle. The procedure is quite simple and requires very little time commitment. Injections are usually administered every 12 weeks and first-time patients may have to commit to two to four injections to see optimal results. The mechanism of neuromodulators for headaches is still a mystery as scientists and doctors continue to uncover exactly why it is so effective on chronic headache and migraine patients. The most popular theory however, purports that the chemical injection decreases muscle contractions and in the process, triggers a muscle that onsets migraines.

As far as safety is concerned, neuromodulators for migraines and chronic headaches is a safe and regularly practiced procedure. In fact, Health Canada approved this form of treatment in 2011.  Although neuromodulator treatment has continued to be successful, we at Rao Dermatology always recommend that you check with your doctor first before commencing treatment.

If you would like more information on neuromodulators for chronic headaches and migraines, contact our office and we’ll assist you accordingly.


Smooth, Smooth, and Smoother- It’s NEUROMODULATORS!

Have you been making faces in the mirror lately hoping that if you pull your skin long enough your wrinkles will go away? At Rao Botox EdmontonDermatology, we offer neuromodulator treatments to relieve your aging panic and wrinkle-filled skin. Our dermatologists practice clinically tested, efficient, and effective procedures to ensure you look and feel younger and rejuvenated.


Our neuromodulators use a chemical called botulinum toxin type A which is injected into muscles.  It blocks the nerves that allow muscles to contract, which ultimately softens the appearances of wrinkles.

This injection temporarily improves dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle movement, which primarily includes the crow’s feet and frown lines between the eyebrows. Once you’ve completed your treatment, you will begin to notice visible smoothing of the creases around your eyes and softening of the lines on your forehead.


Our dermatologists highly recommend neuromodulator treatments because of their visible and immediate benefits.  As previously mentioned, this neuromodulator softens the appearance of wrinkles making your skin appear tighter, even, and refreshing. It is most effective on wrinkles that have not completely set in as yet—wrinkles that only appear when you move your face.  This neuromodulator also treats excessive sweating.  It can block chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands, thereby reducing your sweat. Further, it serves as a prescription medicine from individuals with chronic migraines. One injection reduces nine days of headaches when you engage in treatment every three months.


While we welcome and encourage our clients to take advantage of our neuromodulator treatments, we also promote holistic health. In other words, if you are suffering from chronic illnesses or you may be pregnant speak with your doctor before committing to neuromodulator treatments. We want you to look and feel your best, but we also want you to be healthy while doing so.


If you’re ready to say goodbye to those wrinkles, book your appointment and we’ll journey with you to younger-looking skin.

Wrinkle Treatment Using Neuromodulators

Botulinum toxin A, a neuromodulator, is commonly used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, particularly those found on the forehead and in the eye zone. This treatment is designed to target a specific area of muscles through an injection that is delivered by a trained professional. This procedure is safe as long as it is completed by a reputable provider.

Who Can Provide Neuromodulator Treatment?

If the treatment’s purpose is for the minimization of facial wrinkles, the following professionals can provide it:

  • Physicians
  • Dermatologists
  • RNs

Reasons People Turn to Neuromodulators




Many individuals decide to get neuromodulator treatments for cosmetic issues that can’t be remedied easily. These conditions include frown lines, wrinkles around the mouth, and saggy skin. Neuromodulators have even been used to help minimize the unevenness of the skin’s texture by smoothing it out and reducing the appearance of crevices.

What Happens During the Procedure?

Neuromodulator injections are performed during an outpatient procedure that takes anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. It is accomplished by:

  • Selection of the injection site, which is determined by the patient’s intention and the professional’s assessment of the area to be treated
  • The neuromodulator injections are delivered in a series of small shots
  • No local anesthetic is required

What You Need to Remember About Your Neuromodulator Treatments

While the advantages of using neuromodulator injections for cosmetic purposes are readily apparent (smoother looking skin), the treatment is not a permanent solution and so, the injections must continue regularly in order for you to maintain your new look. Injections should be done every three to six months. It is a quick easy way to keep your skin looking its youngest.

Patients should not have neuromodulator injections if they are pregnant, have a neurological disease, or are breastfeeding. Moreover, certain types of medications can interfere with the desired effects. It is best to discuss with our team to determine what is the best fit for you – the form is at the bottom of this page.

Learn more about neuromodulators and how they can improve your wrinkles here.