Should I Get Botox in My 20s?
One of the most talked-about current trends in cosmetic medicine is the rise of Botox treatments among adults in their 20s. More twenty-somethings than ever are self-conscious of fine lines and wrinkles and have the disposable income to treat them. And according to plastic surgeons and dermatologists, Botox can erase these lines and wrinkles and possibly prevent additional wrinkles from forming in the first place.
If you are in your 20s and starting to see lines around your eyes, brows and forehead, read on as Dr. Ronald DeMars discusses how Botox could benefit you.
Understanding How Botox Works
Dynamic wrinkles are caused by repeatedly making certain facial expressions, such as frowning or squinting. Botox, which is a purified neurotoxin, relaxes the facial muscles that contract when making these expressions. As the muscle relaxes, the overlying line or wrinkle smoothes. Botox is commonly used to minimize the appearance of forehead lines, lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet around the edges of the eye.
The Preventative Benefits of Botox
Experts believe that starting Botox early, such as at the first sign of a deep line in a person’s 20s, can actually train the facial muscles to relax so they don’t repeat certain movement. Once the Botox kicks in, it may be physically difficult to frown or furrow the brows (common movements that lead to wrinkles). Once Botox trains the facial muscles to relax, it may prevent other lines and wrinkles from forming at all. Over time, patients that start Botox early may find they need less product or less-frequent treatments to see results.
As long as the Botox injections are performed by a qualified injector, such as a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. DeMars, treatment is safe and effective. With a few well-placed injections, Dr. DeMars can erase wrinkles without overcorrecting the face and producing a frozen or surprised expression. The result is smooth, youthful-looking skin.
What Age Should I Start Botox?
There is no universal age at which Botox treatments become appropriate. Everyone’s skin ages at a different rate, depending on genetics, race and lifestyle factors. Certain people have noticeable wrinkles at 25 and others don’t notice lines until their 35th birthday (or later). Personal preferences also come into play, as some people aren’t bothered by a few slight wrinkles whereas others may desire completely smooth skin.
The age at which you should start Botox treatment must be determined on a case-by-case basis by a qualified injector. To speak with Dr. DeMars about your Botox treatment options, please call (503) 253-3458 or email our practice today.