Thank you for your question anonv1. Botox is a purified protein used to address wrinkles associate with facial expressions such as the vertical lines between the brows seen when one frowns. Botox can be used on patients of 18 years of age or older. I frequently treat patients in their twenties. Botox will not break down muscle, it temporarily relaxes muscles. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!
Great question! This is something that I discuss with my younger patients all the time. Botox is a very safe and effective treatment to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, but can also be used as a preventative treatment before they have a chance to fully develop. When we make certain facial expressions, the repetitive motion creates lines and wrinkles over time. If etched lines are developing then it's ok to use Botox in 20's otherwise probably best to start in your 30's. The idea is that by beginning to get Botox injections early on is to help prevent these repetitave facial expressions from creating wrinkles in places that they would be most likely to develop later on in life. I recommend scheduling a consultation with a board certified facial plastic surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate to begin Botox injections.
Pre-"11's" Botox prophylaxis
Absolutely! Relax those muscles and train them not to create dermal thinning and "permanent" creases.
I wish my daughter would heed the advice.
Yes, you can get Botox! Usually people in their 20's get what is sometimes called "baby botox" (not quite the full strength). It is not uncommon, especially when I working in the Los Angeles area, to have my patients in the entertainment industry start Botox in their 20's as a prophylactic measure to slow/prevent the onset of lines. In terms of "breaking down the muscle," with time, atrophy/wasting/thinning of the muscles (corrugator and procerus muscles) can occur with repeated doses because you're preventing the use of that muscle by paralyzing it with Botox. This may mean a lesser tendency to form the vertical lines as time goes on.
Yes, you can be treated.
Thanks for your question. This is a question that we
get asked often by our patients. As far as Botox treatments, muscle
hyperactivity would likely require treatment 3 times a year. Botox
effects can last anywhere from 4-6 months and with recurrent treatments, this
will lead to mild atrophy of the muscle, and some prolongation of Botox's
effects. Botox effects are never permanent, however, if you elected to
stop, your muscle would hypertrophy back to its original size. These are
advanced techniques so be sure to get an experienced cosmetic dermatologist
consultation for recommendations and treatment options.
Results are expected to start in 2-10 days and peak within 14
days after injection. In some patients, it may take up to 30 days to reach full
results. On average, results will last for 4-6 months.
The lines you show in your photos are the frown lines or "11s" that Botox treats. If you start with Botox at this point, the idea is that the muscle will not be able to make this repetitive motion and so it will prevent the skin from getting etched in "11s" that are seen at rest in patients who have not had Botox until later in life. In summary, Botox improves dynamic (with muscle motion) wrinkles but ALSO prevents static (at rest without muscle motion) wrinkles. I myself started getting Botox early in life for this preventative effect.
Yes if the frown lines are bothering you it's perfectly fine to have Botox. You will probably need it 3 to 4 times within the first year and will probably be able to stretch it beyond that in the following year. Good luck.
Botox is a fabulous way to prevent deep wrinkles, especially in the glabella area. I would recommend you have a small amount in that area and it is best to continue the injections to prevent a deep line from forming. Please consult an expert. Best, Dr. Green
If your frown lines bother you then you may be a candidate for botox injections. Botox may help to prevent deep lines from forming over time.
Looking at your picture, I advise AGAINST using Botox for your frowns. Even though Botox is safe in your age range and I do recommend it for some, in your case, you are not folding your skin to be causing any long term etching. So there's no "prevention" benefit in it for you. And your muscles are not bulky to make you look angry and unapproachable. You are beautiful, with beautiful eyes, and beautiful skin. (save your money!)