Is Botox Appropriate Before Wrinkles Exist?

Botox has become nothing short of a household name across the country as more and more men and women seek to eliminate pesky wrinkles between the eyebrows and on the forehead. Though Botox was originally targeted to the middle aged population as a means of wrinkle reduction, it’s now gaining significant popularity among people in their twenties who don’t yet have wrinkles to show.

dermal_fillersA Quick Rundown on Botox

Wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes, and in between the brows are usually caused by repetitive folding of skin from normal facial expressions. Botox treatments use injections of Botulinum toxin type A to relax the muscles that make those facial expressions. Once the muscles have essentially been semi-paralyzed, it’s no longer possible to make the extreme facial expressions that causes the skin to wrinkle. Meanwhile, the skin that’s already been wrinkled begins to smooth itself out after a period of relaxation.   

Using Botox for Prevention

JAMA Dermatology recently published an article that says conservative and thoughtful use of Botox can be safely done before wrinkles even begin to form. Rather than fixing wrinkles when they develop, Botox is also a valuable tool to ensure the lines develop slowly or possibly never even begin to develop. This method even has a name: prejuvenation.

Prejuvenation in Action

One 22-year-old from Dallas began her Botox treatments at the age of 19 to stop her wrinkles in their tracks. She explained, “I started to prevent wrinkles and avoid having to receive fillers later in life. I’ve seen women as they get older and their skin wrinkles and deteriorates.”

A different Denver woman began Botox and Juvderm injections at the age of 24 because she was worried her tendency to raise her eyebrows would cause wrinkles in the near future. She feels that starting early will help her limit the other procedures she will need down the road because her face will have maintained the majority of its youthful appearance.

While early Botox has not become an entirely accepted and embraced trend quite yet, it certainly seems to be catching on.

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