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Dr. Banthia of ZendyBeauty Offers Non-Invasive Cosmetic Skin Care Advice For Men

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 5 million Botox procedures were performed in 2011 within the United States. It is the most common wrinkle relaxer and the most commonly performed aesthetic or cosmetic procedure in the world. ZendyBeauty is your tool to save money and time when sourcing your favorite cosmetic procedures, like Botox, so that you can look and feel your best. Have peace of mind in knowing that the ZendyBeauty Medical Team has done the homework to link you with high quality Board Certified Providers with excellent ratings.

What an awesome service! I came across ZendyBeauty in an online search. The website seems kind of like a Priceline for cosmetic treatments. Going through it for laser hair removal saved me some serious cash and got me connected to a well-reputed provider when I didn’t necessarily know how to choose one on my own.

With ZendyBeauty, you can save up to 30% or more on popular non-surgical procedures when they match your offer to one of their member Certified Providers. Dr. Banthia, the head of the ZendyBeauty Medical Team, is here to share with Male Standard his top tips for men’s skin care. These expert tips can reduce the need for Botox and other procedures, and focus on how to maintain a natural, youthful complexion.

Dr. Banthia On Skin Care Tips For Men

At what age should men start worrying about anti-aging and wrinkles?

The aging process typically becomes noticeable in the 30’s. Men start noticing lines between their brows (around the crow’s feet ) or newly visible photoaging (i.e., brown spots).  The other noticeable aging phenomenon is the formation of the tear trough region (just below the eyes). It’s a good idea for men to employ good skin hygiene in their 20’s – sunscreen application, use of moisturizers especially at night to prevent signs of premature aging or exaggerated aging. Most men I have seen start Botox in their late 30’s – but it also seems that the aging appearance in men tends to be more forgiven and adds ‘character.’

What should men’s skin care regimens entail to prevent fine lines?

Replenish: Not only does moisturizing your skin have a soothing effect, it helps prevent dehydration, which contributes to the visual signs aging. Look for a cream that contains hyaluronic acid (HA). Slather on this natural component of skin’s connective tissues to hydrate and firm up skin cells. Collagen is a protein that makes up the connective tissues of the human body. As we age, there is a loss of collagen, which can lead to wrinkles and or also sagging skin. Apply vitamin C to help promote build-up of collagen. This powerful antioxidant has been shown to minimize fine lines and, in some cases, pigmentation. Renew: When we are children our skin turns over approximately every 14 days. As teens, our cells turn over approximately every 21 to 28 days. As we age, cell turnover slows down to 30 to 40 days, and after we reach 50 and older, cell turnover can slow to 1-1/2 to 3 months. Products with Retinol help to promote cell turnover so that skin is constantly being refreshed. Lavish richly to improve fine lines, skin texture, and skin tone.

For faster and longer lasting results, consider microdermabrasion, superficial chemical peels, or lPL. Combined with effective products, these corrective treatments provide optimal results.

What ingredients should men look for in shaving or skin care products?

Aftershave products with alcohol might be something to avoid. It kills healing skin, slows healing and tends to have a drying effect.

Other aftershave options include:

  • Rosemary oil – has antibacterial properties and has a good scent.
  • Shea butter – by itself is also an excellent after shave lotion and has a good scent.
  • Coconut oil – great moisturizer and has benefits for skin.

Studies on individuals with dry skin show that coconut oil can improve the moisture and lipid content of the skin, one study shows effectiveness as sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

What are the biggest trends you see in the men’s plastic surgery?

For surgical procedures: nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), liposuction, and male breast reduction (gynecomastia), as well as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) are the most common. Lots of younger men come in for chin implants to square out their chin; a growing number of men are noticing their double chin and are wanting neck liposuction. Also gaining in popularity is liposuction of the abs or love handles – abdominal etching to see the proverbial 6-pack is becoming more popular. Overall, men are choosing minimally invasive procedures more so than actual surgical procedures (minimally invasive procedures outnumber surgical procedures by more than a factor of  which is 5 times as many minimally invasive procedures than surgical procedures in 2012).

Why do you choose to use minimally invasive procedures?

Men  have increasingly busier lives and minimally invasive procedures are skyrocketing more so than surgical ones. It’s tough to take days off or take downtime after surgical procedures. Also, technologies and products have improved in such a way that minimally invasive options are yielding great results, and tend to have better price tags associated with them (ie. they are more cost effective than surgical options). The most common minimally invasive procedures in men are Botox, laser hair removal, fillers, and microdermabrasion. Men are also coming in for laser hair removal for their back or chest areas as well as the private areas.

What are the common mistakes men make when it comes to getting Botox?

This next tip is not really a mistake, but something I would like to clarify: Men tend to require more Botox (in terms of recommended units) than woman – men’s muscles can be stronger, especially in the forehead or glabella region (in-between the brows). I see men may want fewer units than what is best for optimal results. Typically, at least 20 units per area is a general guide per area but can range up to 30 or higher especially in the glabellar region. Another potential mistake common to both men and women is going to places with the cheapest price on Botox. Some of these facilities that provide cheap Botox are not properly supervised and may use Botox and filler products that do not meet FDA standards.


How does ZendyBeauty take steps to prevent those mistakes?

ZendyBeauty links consumers to high quality and reputable Board Certified providers who not only have a good amount of experience behind them but who also use products that are FDA-approved. ZendyBeauty has turned down several providers wanting to become members as they lack proper licensing and Board Certifications – not everybody out there is properly certified. ZendyBeauty does the homework so that consumers can have peace of mind in knowing that their procedures off ZendyBeauty will be performed by those who are properly supervised and licensed.

Do you feel the taboo of plastic surgery among men is changing?

Yes – a growing number of men are pursuing nonsurgical and surgical procedures. Approximately 20-25% of patients in my practice have been men, but these numbers are growing. Another new trend I see is older, highly successful men have partners who are considerably younger than they are. They want to match their appearance better to their partner’s.

How does ZendyBeauty empower men to lead a more successful life?

Looking and feeling refreshed and rejuvenated are components of being at the top of one’s game. One reason for many to undergo cosmetic procedures is to look younger and be competitive in the job market. ZendyBeauty empowers consumers to make smarter decisions by finding the highest quality products. Having access to this platform at such great value to look and feel your best is compelling. It takes time to research the best Providers of these services. With ZendyBeauty, we hope to save men and women time and money so that they get the best results in a smarter way.

What is your Male Standard? 

“Your life, your call.”

Many thanks for sharing your skin care expertise Dr. Banthia! 

About Dr. Banthia of ZendyBeauty

Vish Banthia, MD FACS
Founder & Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Banthia is a double Board Certified surgeon and a graduate of Stanford, UCSF, and Columbia / Cornell University Hospitals. Dr. Banthia has specialized expertise in minimally invasive procedures and has delivered lectures to plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons and dermatologists throughout the country as well as internationally. In 2006, 2008, and 2011, Dr. Banthia was recognized as a “Top Doctor” or “Top Surgeon” in Silicon Valley. Dr. Banthia has made a career out of specializing in minimally invasive procedures and has delivered lectures to plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons and dermatologists throughout the country as well as internationally. At ZendyBeauty, he leads a dedicated clinic review team, checking the credentials and qualifications of every clinic they work with to ensure that they meet stringent requirements of a ZendyBeauty provider. Learn more about these procedures with Dr. Banthia’s Q&A provided by RealSelf, an online service that provides consumer reviews, stories, and discussions about cosmetic treatments and procedures for face, body, skin and smile.

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