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Age-Fighting Skin Treatments for Men

Skin treatments that can help you look younger without surgery.

Skin Treatment 1: Botox Cosmetic

What It Is : Tiny amounts of the botulinum A toxin that are injected directly into the muscle that lies below a wrinkle.

What It Does: Temporarily paralyzes the muscle, allowing the wrinkle to relax so surface skin is smoother and younger-looking.

Skin Treatment Time: About 30 minutes

Downtime: None, in most people.

Cost: $350 to $500 per injection; more than one injection is sometimes necessary.

Lasting Effect : About six months

Doctor's Comments: "Men do this treatment mostly on the forehead," says Goldberg. "They don't want a totally smooth look like women do. They want some lines, but they just want them softened, and Botox does an excellent job."

Skin Treatment 2: Microdermabrasion

What It Is: In this procedure, a vacuum suction device is used in tandem with a mild chemical crystal formulation to remove the top layer of skin cells. This allows new, more evenly textured skin to come to the surface.

What It Does: Rejuvenate the complexion, help topical products penetrate more deeply, remove ultrafine lines, and give skin a more youthful "glow."

Skin Treatment Time: 30 minutes per treatment, though it does take multiple treatments and several weeks before full results become apparent.

Downtime: None. Skin may appear a little red for about an hour afterward.

Cost: $150 to $300 per treatment.

Lasting Effect: Several months, depending on age and condition of skin.

Doctor's Comments: "This is not suggested for serious lines or wrinkles, and it won't stop the skin from sagging. It is the quickest way to rejuvenate your skin in just one day," says Bruce Katz, MD, director of Juva Skin and Laser Center in New York.

Skin Treatment 3: Laser Hair Removal

What It Is: Relies on energy produced by a laser to pass through the skin, down to the hair follicle. The melanin pigment of the hair absorbs it, where it causes injury to the follicle. This makes the hair fall out -- and makes it difficult for the hair to grow back again.

What It Does: Removes hair from any area on the body.

Skin Treatment Time: As short as 10 minutes or as long as few hours, depending on how much hair needs to be removed. Because hair grows in cycles, between four and eight treatments are needed, usually four to eight weeks apart. Short, coarse dark hair responds best, but removal of all types of hair is possible.

Downtime: None.

Cost: $ 400 to $500 per treatment.

Lasting Effect: In some people, it can be permanent. In others, hair may grow back, but it is usually lighter and easier to remove. It's important to note, however, that the hair does not come out during the treatment. Instead, it falls out gradually in the days and weeks that follow.

Doctor's Comment: "Most men request hair removal on their backs and chest, and it is usually done for more social reasons than professional career reasons," says Goldberg.

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