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Why Men are Increasingly Taking the Botox Plunge

Why Men are Increasingly Taking the Botox PlungeIn a post today on MarketWatch.com it was reported that plastic surgeons and dermatologists are seeing men having a little work done in increasing numbers. Total cosmetic procedures for men rose 22% from 2000 through 2012, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. From 2011 to 2012, menís use of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures such as botulinum toxin (sold under the brand name Botox) rose 6%, according to the society.

Doctors say it is a harsh reality in the workplace. While the unemployment rate for those 55 and over is lower than for other ages, it takes boomers much longer to find work if they lose their jobs.

Generally these treatments arenít covered by health insurance plans, and they donít come cheap. Botox is typically sold either by the unit or per treatment area. Dr. J. Shah, chief medical director of Amari Medical in Scarsdale, NY was quoted as saying, "One unit costs around $15. Areas might cost $200 or more to treat (treating laugh lines around the eyes alone would cost less than laugh lines plus forehead and frown lines, for example). Fillers are sold by the syringe and typically run $500 to $600 per vial, with a usual minimum of 2 shots per treatment."