What Else Can Botox Do?
The Increasing Popularity of “Preventative Botox”
Botox injections are on the rise, especially for the younger millennial set. This rising trend is considered an effective measure to ward off tomorrows’ wrinkles, today. So what do you and your patients need to know?
In the social-media age injectables like Botox are remarkably commonplace, which means that people are starting to experiment with them at younger and younger ages. Injectable use has spiked by 40 percent over the past five years in North America alone. Consumers, especially millennials, are showing much more interest in skincare as a part of their overall health and wellness routine.
How Preventative Botox Works...
To understand how to use Botox preventatively it is important to understand the mechanism of the injectable. Simply stated, Botox works by blocking the signals sent from the nerves to your muscles. The injected muscles don’t contract, this makes the wrinkles relax and thereby soften. The softening of the muscles makes Botox ideal for the wrinkles between the brows, crow’s feet, and wrinkles that form across the forehead.
Obstructing the movements of muscles, and essentially training the face to avoid them, can be a useful tool in the prevention of these wrinkles from forming in the future, when started at a young age.
When Should Preventative Botox be Started?
It can vary greatly from one person to the next, so most experts are wary of pinpointing a specific age at which patients may want to start getting Botox injections.
Our facial expressions very differently. Some people use their forehead constantly and will have etched-in lines in their early 20’s. Others may rarely use their forehead at all, meaning they may have almost no forehead lines in their 40’s.
Of course genetics and overall skin health comes into play too. Environmental factors including, sun damage, smoking, and the blue light from our digital screens, can make lines worse. In general, most people could begin to benefit from Botox by their mid 30’s.
Botox and cosmetic treatments are becoming destigmatized, but that doesn’t mean they are without risk; as injectables become more widely available, it’s all the more important to seek out professional doctors and nurses who have substantial medical aesthetics training to perform the procedure. It is important to find a professional that understands facial anatomy to help decrease the risk of complication.
To avoid any kind of missteps, researching a doctor diligently is essential, as is approaching injectables conservatively, and asking questions about how the treatment will be tailored to your needs. When it comes to Botox and fillers, there's a fine line between targeted tweaks and doing too much too soon.