In the age of blurring, editing, and filtering photos, younger consumers—specifically millennials—are starting to experiment with injectables such as Botox to make their faces look great without the help of Snapchat and Instagram’s beauty filters.
In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, injectable use has gone up 40% over the last five years with much of that increase due to the growing trend of preventative Botox use. With millennials and other young consumers showing more interest in overall health, wellness, beauty and skin care, preventing wrinkles before they start is becoming more popular.
Like other forms of preventative medicine, using Botox to inhibit the development of lines and wrinkles can be extremely effective. Botox, a neuromodulator that acts on motor neurons to reduce muscle activity, can train muscles to behave differently and prevent troublesome wrinkles from forming in the first place.
How does it work? Wrinkles, most notably crow’s feet, the “11s” between the brows, and “rows” across the forehead, result from the repetitive movement of the skin. When doctors treat existing wrinkles, they use Botox to block nerve signals which tell the muscles to contract, thereby allowing those wrinkles to soften and relax. When used preventatively, Botox injections inhibit the movements that cause wrinkles and train the face to avoid them even when the product wears off. Since the muscles aren’t being used, deep lines and wrinkles do not develop.
At what age should a person start preventative Botox treatments? It’s difficult to pinpoint a specific age to start preventative Botox injections for maximum efficacy since everyone uses their facial expressions differently. Some people who frown frequently when concentrating may develop “11s” in their 20’s, while others may reach their 40’s virtually line-free. Also genetics, lifestyle, and overall health of skin are factors that make a big difference. Smokers and people who spend a lot of time in the sun without sunscreen generally experience premature aging.
Regardless of age, the best time to start preventative Botox injections is before the first wrinkles appear. Want to learn more? Contact our office today.