Botox treatments have been used for many years as a way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fight the effects of aging.
When people begin receiving botox injections before those wrinkles occur, we refer to this as preventative botox. The underlying concept behind preventative botox is to stop wrinkles before they start forming.
When Botox first came onto the market, skin care professionals and cosmetic surgeons used to see people coming in for botox injections beginning in their 30s and 40s, which is the age that wrinkles typically start to become noticeable in most people. Nowadays, we’re seeing a downward trend where people are requesting botox treatments as soon as their early 20s.
Does preventative botox work?
The short answer is yes. We develop wrinkles over time as we use our facial muscles to create facial expressions repeatedly. Botox is a neurotoxin that, when injected sparingly under the skin, temporarily (up to 6 months) paralyzes the muscles used to make those facial expressions.
If preventative treatments are used, those muscles that make these expression possible begin to atrophy over time. As a result, the skin covering them doesn’t get the opportunity to form those unwanted creases — or at least, the wrinkles appear more faintly and require smaller doses of botox to remove them down later on in life.
Is preventative botox for you? The best way to answer that question is to have a conversation with an oral/facial surgeon. To learn more about preventative botox, contact Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery today.