Are there studies that show Botox will prevent deep wrinkles if patients start using it sooner?
What are The Benefits to Using Botox at a Younger Age?
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Does Botox benefit younger patients?
The general consensus is that aesthetic injection treatments are able to minimize lines, wrinkles that may develop with time and, unfortunately, become permanent.
Even better than using Botox at a young age is the practice of wearing sunscreen daily and practicing good skin health early on.
Preventative measures will always serve one well. As with all aesthetic treatments...balance is the key.
Botox can prevent wrinkles
By using Botox earlier in life, you may actually keep lines from forming. Creases become etched in our skin over time as we make the same expressions. If you get Botox, you can reduce muscle movement in wrinkle-prone areas before the deep lines appear.
Botox for the younger patient, man or women
Basically, the rationale for starting Botox early is the prevent the permanent development of deep, inset wrinkles that will not go away if Botox is started after the fact. Statistically, the average woman begins to show signs of facial aging around the age of 25. The first signs of aging in women are fine lines around the eyes (crow's feet) and around the mouth. The "elevens" in the glabella between the eyebrows is common too. This is because women's facial skin is thinner than men. Men have thicker skin and an increased blood supply to the skin of the face which is necessary to support the growth of thick facial hair. So, men age later starting around age 30-32. When men age, the wrinkles tend to be larger and thicker furrows. the strategic use of Botox can be beneficial for both men and women. I hope this helps.
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Using Botox at a Younger Age
We usually recommend Botox injections every 3-4 months to treat wrinkles when they are already present. One study using Botox twice a year in one patient at a young age and not in her identical twin did have fewer wrinkles as they aged. They did have very similar life-styles.
My clinical experience has demonstrated that Botox (all nueromodulators) do help to prevent fine lines and wrinkles over time -- If you relax the muscles, they don't have the opportunity to contract and affect the skin surface --
Several years ago there was an interesting study in a Plastics journal that showed photos of one identical twin set - one twin had used Botox regularly for years, and the other twin had never used it. There was a remarkable difference between the two pictures.
Starting Botox at Young Age to Prevent Wrinkles
There isn't long-term research to support Botox (or similar neuromodulators such as Dysport) in younger patients to prevent wrinkles when they are much older.
As various plastic surgeons & dermatologist have already stated, there are better methods to improve your skin and help reduce further facial aging for the long-term. While Botox Cosmetic may be used for younger patients in their 20's, you may find better results with skin care, chemical peel, or microdermabrasion first. Lastly, the general skin guide below is better than any plastic surgery or Botox for wrinkles prevention. Best of luck. - Dr. Chaboki
- sun protection
- adequate sleep
- avoid smoking
- adequate hydration
- balanced diet, with fresh fruits & vegetables
- regular exercise
When to start Botox
If you do not have wrinkles then you do not need to start Botox at an early age. If you have dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that occur when you animate) then using Botox will help prevent the formation of static wrinkles (wrinkles that occur even at rest).
Botox is a Wrinkle Preventer
Don't wait too long. Every time you make an expression such as smiling or frowning you are creating wrinkles between the eyebrows, the forehead and the smiling eyes area. When you begin to see tiny wrinkles then it would be a great time to Botox. These areas will not be able to wrinkle as deeply as they will without help. Botox is a wrinkle preventer.
Botox done before wrinkles occur vs. waiting until after
Since botox works very well to treat the crows feet and glabellar lines between the eyebrows, you can save a lot of money over the years and wait for treatment until you see the lines forming. Use sunscreen and don't smoke. If you have a parent who you resemble and they have bad lines, it might be tempted to treat early but it doesn't mean you have to treat them before they develop.
Starting Botox at an Early Age
There are no studies/statistics to support that Botox actually prevents wrinkles. However, because it temporarily decreases the muscle action which causes lines, the lines may becone less apparant with time and you may not need Botox as often. It's similar to what happens if you have a cast on one arm. Not using those muscles causes them to become smaller. Using Botox keeps those muscles from working therefore your lines diminish with time. Most 18-24 year olds do not need Botox at all!