Lasers and Energy-Based Devices in Men

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

The demand for cosmetic treatments with lasers and energy-based devices has increased among men, but there is a dearth of literature that addresses the approach and treatment of cosmetic male patients.

OBJECTIVE

To summarize common cosmetic concerns for which male patients seek cosmetic treatments and to provide sex-specific recommendations for the lasers and energy-based devices that can be used for treatment.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

The authors conducted a literature search using the PubMed/MEDLINE and Google Scholar databases using the search terms male, men, gender, and cosmetic dermatology.

RESULTS

The authors review sex-specific treatment recommendations regarding the use of lasers and energy-based devices for the conditions for which men most commonly seek cosmetic treatment, which include photo-/actinic damage, acne scarring, rhinophyma, hair removal, axillary hyperhidrosis, and loose neck/submental skin. Cosmetic issues the authors will touch on, but whose approaches or considerations vary less in men compared with women, are hyperpigmentation, vascular lesions, and facial rejuvenation.

CONCLUSION

Sex-specific treatment approaches with lasers and energy-based devices should be used to best serve male cosmetic patients.

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