Botox on Young People / Preventative Botox
Too young for Botox? This study on preventative Botox for twins might suggest otherwise. Here’s more:
Preventative Botox and Preventing Premature Aging
Prevention is a word that’s synonymous with healthy living and staying young. We all know how important it is to eat right, exercise, stay out of the sun, establish a skincare routine, refrain from excessive alcohol and avoid smoking, in order to stay healthy and to prevent premature aging. After all, it’s a no-brainer that we’d prefer to stop aging before it happens. Which begs the question: what part could preventative Botox (or other cosmetic injectables like Dysport or Xeomin) play in an anti-aging skincare regime? Until recently, the majority of women receiving regular Botox treatments were in their 40s and 50s. However, today, up to 20% of users are in the 30-39 demographic. And more and more millenials are turning to Botox, as part of their skincare routine. But how exactly do the uses of Botox translate into younger skin for a younger population?
Preventative Botox: Does Botox Prevent Future Wrinkles?
In 2006, a study was published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery with its results corroborated in a study appearing in Dermatologic Surgery in 2015. The original study spanned 13 years with and paired female identical twins in an attempt to prove that long-term use of Botox (Allergan) could prevent the development of dynamic facial wrinkles and lines on the face. In the study, one of the twins received Botox 2-3 times a year on the forehead and glabellar region (“the eleven’s” between the eyebrows), as well as Botox for crow’s feet during the last two years. The second twin received only one treatment in the glabellar area in years six and 10.
In side-by-side photo comparisons, the differences between the sets of twins are clearly visible and, quite frankly, remarkable. The twin who received regular Botox injections benefitted from smoother skin and a less lined skin in the areas of treatment. The scientists were able to infer that preventative Botox likely worked on this twin to inhibit facial muscle contractions; thereby, relaxing the muscle. By remaining in a relaxed position, it may have prevented the muscle from becoming “trained” to stick in a fixed expression. Further, it could have facilitated the production of collagen in the treatment area. The likely pay off? Fewer lines and wrinkles in the twin receiving the most Botox treatments.
What is Botox (Botulinum Toxin) Type A? Why Choose Botox Injectable?
The human face is spontaneously expressive and shows a full range of emotions. However, in time, these expressions can become static. The once supple movement and action of our facial muscles lose their softness. Botox or Botulinum Neurotoxin temporarily blocks the nerve impulses to the muscle of the treatment area. This weakens the muscle’s ability to contract, which can smooth out the lines, wrinkles and furrows that result in the skin.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Botox at a Young Age? Will Botox Work for Me?
The simple answer is that Botox works on everyone, and that any downsides of Botox are generally outweighed by its anti-aging benefit. That said, when to start Botox Cosmetic (or Xeomin and Dysport) is highly personal and depends on factors, such as genetics, aging, lifestyle choices, as well as individual skin concerns. As a general rule, Botox at a young age (Botox in 20’s) is considered preventative. In some cases, crow’s feet in the 20’s can happen, and Botox can work to correct them. Newly formed lines in the 30’s, such as crow’s feet or lines between the eyebrows, can be smoothed temporarily with Botox. The 40’s are the decade when our face typically begins to show visible signs of aging. In addition, lines on the face become deeper, and we experience skin laxity for the first time. Moreover, we begin to lose volume and elasticity in the face, due to a decrease in collagen production, cellular turnover, as well as loss of fat, bone and muscle. After forty is when the majority of people begin taking advantage of the anti-aging benefit of Botox as a corrective measure to combat aging.
Preventative Botox: Why Choose Botox at Smooth Synergy, NYC?
Smooth Synergy’s Medical Director, Dr. George Liakeas, has over 15 years experience administering cosmetic injectables. He’s a trusted medical physician with a keen eye for aesthetics. He has a knack for understanding the face and knowing where to place product to make you look your best. He can help you decide whether preventative Botox might be right for you. Call Smooth Synergy at 212-397-0111 to learn more about cosmetic injectables including Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, as well as our comprehensive menu of skincare and beauty treatments.