At What Age Should You Begin Preventative Botox?
In the past, many cosmetic procedures carried the reputation of appealing to the older crowd. It was normal to schedule a consultation only after body parts began sagging, discoloration started appearing, and wrinkles showed up in multiplying numbers. But doctors today are suggesting that there may be another angle to tackle the anti-aging issue from-and this is proactively, rather than retroactively.
Doctors are encouraging clients to consider pursuing treatment at an earlier stage, in order to prevent signs of aging from occurring, rather than waiting for them to show up and then doing something about it. Getting botox could be a part of preventing wrinkles and being comfortable in your skin, just like applying sunscreen and moisturizing well. There are countless reasons to join the hundreds of young people getting botox treatments preventatively; here are just a few.
Is Botox A Preventative Measure For Anti-Aging?
For over 20 years, Botox has been used to target wrinkles that have already appeared, but a new process has been discovered that uses Botox preventatively to stop wrinkles from being created. For most people, around their late 20s and early 30s, small fine lines begin to appear on their skin, particularly the face. These faint lines are pre-wrinkles, or evidence of future creases getting ready to settle in. This is when Botox ideally would come in.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is an FDA approved cosmetic injection that contains the toxin botulinum. This toxin works by blocking nerve signals that cause the muscles to contract. These muscle contractions are what cause wrinkles to form, and thus blocking the signals that cause them eradicates wrinkles, or future wrinkles.
Cosmetic surgeons are trained to observe any muscular movements that will cause, or are causing creases to form. By precisely targeting these areas with Botox, they are able to essentially retrain the muscles to stop pulling in one way and pull the opposite way, and this results in an even result of all muscles involved.
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Am I A Good Candidate For Preventative Botox?
A good candidate for preventative Botox will meet several qualifications. First of all, the FDA has approved Botox use for individuals 18 years and older, so wait until your 18th birthday at least to pursue Botox!
Ideal candidates will have a fairly consistent weight, healthy diet, and regularly engage in moderate exercise. If you are a person who is extremely expressive with your face, or makes the same expressions often, like pursing of the lips or raising the eyebrows, this makes you a perfect candidate for Botox. Knowing that these expressions occur often allows your doctor to note these areas specifically, and likely this will be where he or she recommends you receive Botox to prevent wrinkles from forming.
I'm In My 20's: Is It Too Soon For Botox?
If you are considering Botox to prevent wrinkles, then it is never too early to begin! While it may not be necessary in your early 20’s, in the mid-to-late-20’s is when many creases begin to appear in the face. This fact makes this an ideal time for many to pursue Botox treatment to stop these wrinkles in their tracks before they are full-fledged lines in your face.
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I'm Already 30: Have I Missed the Boat?
Don’t worry if you have passed your 30th birthday-it’s definitely not too late for you to address facial issues with Botox! Likely, few truly deep wrinkles have been formed on your face, and Botox will be able to prevent any present wrinkles from increasing or sticking around, as well as address any that may be forming.
Your skin tends to be more receptive to treatments and bounce back faster the younger you are, so getting Botox sooner rather than later is always a safe bet.
How Much Does Preventative Botox Cost?
The cost of your Botox treatment will vary depending on which areas you will be targeting, and how many injections will be required. To get a quote specific for you and your situation, it is ideal to sit down in an initial consultation with your doctor. This allows him or her to professionally assess your skin and make a recommendation of a treatment tailored specifically to you and your vision for a beautifully rejuvenated, or retained face.
Preventative Botox? Sign Me Up!
Botox may be another thing to add to your list of anti-aging skin self-care to-dos, and you will not be disappointed with the results. When done by a board certified plastic surgeon, Botox can be one of the longest lasting, most effective ways to restore or retain your youthful features, and give you the confidence you crave as you age.