Does “Preventative BOTOX®” Stop Wrinkles Before They Start?

Think having BOTOX® in your twenties is absurd? Think again. More and more twenty-somethings are choosing to have “preventative BOTOX®” to stop — or at least slow — the formation of facial wrinkles. But does BOTOX® as a preventative measure really work?

Getting BOTOX® in Your 20s May Freeze the Aging Process — At Least a Bit

Frown lines on the forehead, crow’s feet, those pesky “eleven” lines in between your eyebrows — for some young adults, the early onset or even the mere thought is enough to send them to the plastic surgeon.

Wrinkles and fine lines are caused by everyday facial expressions that are repeated over time until the lines that they cause remain on our face even when it’s rested. BOTOX® patients in their 30s, 40s and older smooth these lines with BOTOX® treatments, but younger patients who are just beginning to notice the whisper of these lines on their face are using BOTOX® to make it temporarily impossible to form these scrunching, scowling and smiling expressions in the first place. The right dose of BOTOX® can accomplish this by subtly relaxing facial muscles while preventing a “frozen” look.

There are other reasons why a young adult may have more wrinkles than others in their age group. Genetics play a large part in how a person’s skin is affected by age. Other factors, such as lifestyle habits, also play a vital part in a person’s skin health. Habits like smoking, excessive drinking and not protecting your face from the sun can all accelerate the wear-and-tear process on the face. This is all the more reason to consider BOTOX® at a younger age.

The Drawbacks of Early BOTOX®

The drawback of having BOTOX® too early is simple: money. It can get expensive for a college student or someone who is early in their career to have regular BOTOX® treatments. Some also may consider it a waste of funds to start BOTOX® treatment without having defined wrinkles in the first place. Others, however, see it as a money-saving tool from the standpoint that treating early wrinkling with BOTOX® prevents more numerous treatments later in life. And, they reason, people who undergo early BOTOX® treatments may have a better shot at stopping habitual tendencies that cause wrinkles in the first place, habits like frowning and wrinkling the forehead.

What Do You Think?

Are you in your twenties and just noticing the start of wrinkles? Are you wondering if a BOTOX® treatment is right for you at this point in your life? Dr. Pugash can help you to answer those questions based on your personal needs and goals. Schedule a consultation with the doctor today by contacting his office at (604) 522-5199.