Botox is the world's number one treatment for facial wrinkles, offering spectacular results. In fact, botulinum toxin, widely known under the trade name Botox, has the ability to paralyze the muscle movements in general. Thus, besides plastic surgery and dermatology, it is also used by other medical specialties for the rehabilitation and treatment of many diseases.
Why People Opt for Botox Cosmetically
In cosmetic medicine, Botox is applied to alleviate facial wrinkles and fine lines. The dose used is infinitesimal, and the effect of the drug is restricted only locally to the injected area. Botox can be applied to both men and women after the age of 18.
In the private practice of a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist, you will meet mostly women, but also men, of all ages. The treatment is preferred by women at their late 20s or early 30s to prevent the appearance of wrinkles, while for the older ages, it is their clear choice solution to their existing lines of expression before they get deeper or become permanent on the skin.
Botox for Millennials
It is true that, in the last few years, there has been an explosive increase in the number of people between their 20s and 30s who turn to neuromodulator injections. Botox injections are the treatment of choice for cosmetic medicine that currently more and more millennials love, i.e. young people aged between 19-34. People of this age group don't typically resort to this intervention because they see already-established wrinkles on their face, but, rather, to prevent future formation and to preserve their youthful appearance.
Data from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that the number of sessions in this age range increased by 41 percent between 2011 and 2015. The news is also confirmed by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which discusses the trend among young people around 30 who turn to "preventative Botox" treatments.
More specifically, in the U.S.A. only in 2015, more than 500,000 botulinum toxin sessions were conducted on patients around 30 years old to prevent the appearance of wrinkles or make fine lines smoother. Therefore, Botox has moved forward to the next step and is already recommended as a preventative process, rather than an exclusively therapeutic procedure.
How Botox Actually Works
More specifically, Botox is one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic interventions that aims at the temporary weakening of specific facial or cervical muscles that are responsible for creating "dynamic" wrinkles or wrinkles of expression. Its mechanism of action is to block the transmission of neural impulses to the injected muscles. It goes without a doubt that undergoing Botox at a young age has some advantages. It can delay the onset of the wrinkles, as well as improve the depth and degree of the existing ones in the long run.
Of specific interest is a survey that was conducted with two identical twins. One sister had been treated with Botox for a number of years, while the other one never has the procedure. The photographic results showed that the twin who underwent Botox injections looked much younger than her sister.
So, is “preventative” Botox a truth or a myth? Well, it does truly exist, but the answer is not as simple as that. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons do not recommend Botox at an early age, such as the 20s, for wrinkle prevention; however, it is suggested in cases where it can improve facial symmetry (asymmetrical brows, etc.).
As we approach the next decade, that is, from the age of 25 onwards, Botox can indeed act proactively in wrinkle development. At first, it can help eliminate or prevent wrinkles of expression, mainly in people who frown often or laugh a lot. Moreover, the doctor could recommend it to young people who have a hereditary predisposition to present a particular wrinkle (e.g., frown lines).
Also, depending on skin quality, it can prevent wrinkles that are not the result of facial movements. On the other hand, at the age of 25-30, Botox can be applied to improve the eye area and “open” the eyes by lifting the outer eye corner. And, from 35 on, when the wrinkles get deeper and become more permanent, Botox can really do wonders.
So, women of this age group choose "preventative Botox," but it is not limited to them. At this point, it is worth noting that there is also a significant number of young men interested in maintaining their youth and freshness of their face, too.
Suggested Frequency of Botox Treatments
For young people who decide to undergo Botox anti-aging treatment, it would be wise to avoid excesses, follow customized treatments and make use of a small amount of injectable material, always tailored to their needs. Injectable interventions are not prohibitive for young people. What is needed is the plastic surgeon or dermatologist to be very thorough over the application of the formulation, and to use only as few units as possible.
Therefore, you should be very picky when you are looking for a doctor. You should bear in mind that experienced physicians should strive for a natural result without affecting the features and the harmony of your face so that a third person could hardly tell if a doctor has a hand in your looks. Last but not least, if there are no wrinkles in rest, many doctors do not recommend Botox injections, as, in that case, it is rather a “presumptive” than “preventative” treatment.
Of course, we should stress that, before any aesthetic anti-aging intervention, you should consider first simple but essential ways to improve your skin. Sunscreen is the best anti-aging product around, while avoiding smoking and adopting a proper and balanced diet rich in vitamins can be your secret weapon against early wrinkles and fine lines.
So where do we end up? No, you do not have to start injectables from your 20s, as it will not save you from further invasive or non-invasive therapies later. You can, however, visit your dermatologist or plastic surgeon after the age of 25 and consult him about the preventative action of Botox. Remember: Botox is not something you “need,” as wrinkles are part of the natural aging process, but something you “want.” Aging is a fact of life. Looking your age is not.