The practice of using Botox to help minimize the signs of aging by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines is nothing new, and these days it’s almost commonplace in some areas. Middle-aged and older women and even men have been using Botox for years as a way of maintaining a more youthful appearance. Fast-forward to today and you’ve started to hear that even those that are in their 20s and 30s are getting into Botox as a way of preventing the development of wrinkles in the first place. This may cause you to wonder – does that really work? Can getting Botox when you’re young prevent you from getting wrinkles? Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about this kind of preventative Botox.
Botox is the brand name for an injectable treatment made up of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is a neuromodulator that helps reduce muscle activity by directly acting on motor neurons.
Basically, it stops your muscles from contracting, thereby making wrinkles soften and relax. This is what makes it ideal for wrinkles that are a result of contracting muscles, which are usually found in the horizontal lines on the forehead, crow’s feet, and between the brows.
Yes, Botox can prevent the appearance of wrinkles. Wrinkles are caused by your facial muscles making the same expressions repeatedly, whether you’re smiling, frowning, etc. Since Botox injections help stop your muscles from moving, they can actually decrease the repetitive skin movements that can cause wrinkles in the first place.
Therefore, if you start Botox injections when you are young, it will help prevent you from developing deep lines or wrinkles when you’re older.
Well, you certainly can if you like! However, starting preventative treatments when you’re younger typically gives you more natural-looking results over time.
It’s hard to say. People tend to use their facial muscles differently and have varying skin quality due to factors such as sun damage and smoking, so it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact age for beginning preventative Botox. Some people may develop wrinkles in their twenties, and some may not have any until they’re in their forties. It really depends on the person – you can’t necessarily predict when someone is about to develop wrinkles.
Generally, the best time to start preventative Botox is when you start to notice any faint lines when your face is at rest. This is often some time between your mid-twenties to early thirties.
Yes, you may start noticing these lines years before you would naturally develop any real wrinkles, but again, an early start will get you more natural results than if you were to wait until your first wrinkles make an appearance.
Still not sure if preventative Botox is right for you? Book a consultation with LYFT Medical Aesthetics today to talk with one of our experts.