Not so long ago, if someone had suggested you treat yourself to Botox for your 30th birthday, you’d probably have had to resist the urge to give them a slap! If you’re in your 20s or 30s the chances are you’ve thought of Botox as something you’d have later, maybe in 10, 15 or even 20 years’ time. It is, after all, mainly known for its ability to improve or even erase existing fine lines and wrinkles.
But it seems that the ‘live for today, for tomorrow we Botox!’ generation has got it all wrong. There’s no need to hang around waiting for those annoying lines to appear after all.
As Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a New York City-based board-certified dermatologist, told SELF, “While five years ago the youngest patients getting Botox were in their late 30s, now we are seeing a lot of women coming in around the time of their 30th birthday to start treating.”
So why exactly is Preventative Botox becoming such a popular 30th birthday present?
Very precise, targeted use of Botox can retrain the facial muscles and improve facial posture, to prevent wrinkles forming, strengthen muscles and promote more even ageing.
Wrinkles develop over time as the skin gradually weakens and no longer bounces back from folds caused by laughing, frowning or any of the other repeated movements of the face. Treating existing wrinkles often involves a combination of stimulating collagen production and (for deeper, established wrinkles) fillers, as well as Botox. Preventative Botox simply inhibits the movements that cause the wrinkles to form in the first place.
Preventative Botox uses a much smaller dose than standard Botox, so it allows more muscle movement in your face – absolutely no danger of ‘frozen face’. It’s also positioned very precisely, to treat individual lines, so the effects are really subtle and natural lasting for around 3 months.
According to the experts, it really works. Zeichner says, “Using Botox can totally reverse mild lines and prevent them from developing at all.”
When is the best time to start Preventative Botox?
Ideally, when they first start to appear. You’ll notice them at first when you’re making certain expressions – and they’ll go away when your face is at rest. But later you’ll start to notice that they’re sticking around even when you’re not making that expression. And that’s the time to start Preventative Botox, because you can be sure that once they start, they’re not going anywhere!
As for age, that could be anywhere from your mid-twenties to mid-thirties or, if you’re really lucky, even later depending on how your body’s collagen production drops. It will mainly depend on your genes, muscle movement, how much sun damage your face has received, and how much you frown.
How young is too young?
Again, that will depend on you. But any responsible and properly trained practitioner will take your age into account and will not inject anyone under the age of 18. If you have no visible signs of wrinkles forming, and especially if you are under 25, you should expect to be questioned about whether you really need Botox. If not, you should probably be asking yourself questions about the quality of the practitioner.
Bear in mind, too, that in the UK Botox treatments can legally be administered by practitioners with very little training or experience. Preventative Botox is a particularly delicate, precision treatment, and the aim is to achieve a subtle effect, rather than ‘frozen face’ or even worse, drooping. Accurate application requires the in-depth knowledge of the facial structure that only a properly qualified and experienced medical practitioner will have.
Health & Aesthetics was founded by Dr Rekha Tailor, a qualified doctor and aesthetic practitioner, who oversees all our treatments. We’ve put together a guide to help you find the right Botox practitioner for you.
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