Updated: Jan 20
Preventative Botox has become a huge trend for those in their late 20’s and early 30’s. But what is preventative Botox and why are people getting it? In order to understand why preventative Botox works, first lets talk about the development of wrinkles in the first place.
As we age, we develop wrinkles primarily from repeated muscle contractions, such as raising our eyebrows, concentrating, frowning, squinting and smiling. Common areas for wrinkles to initially develop are the forehead, frown lines, and crows feet. People typically begin to develop fine lines and wrinkles in these areas in there 20’s and 30’s. Other aging factors include lifestyle, sun exposure and smoking.
Botox is a neuromodulator that works by temporarily making moderate to severe frown lines, crows feet and forehead lines look better in adults. BOTOX® Cosmetic targets the repeated muscle contractions by blocking a portion of nerve impulses sent to the muscles telling them to contact. When Botox is injected, it temporarily reduces muscle activity which in turn, reduces and softens the appearance of wrinkles.
The ideal time for a patient to have preventative Botox would be in their late 20’s or early 30’s when they are beginning to see the development of facial lines and wrinkles. The thought behind this is that if the muscle movement is reduced early enough, we can actually prevent these wrinkles from developing in the first place. People who treat preventatively over a period of time are thought to need less Botox than those who have already developed deep lines and wrinkles and then choose to treat.
Patients often worry about having a “frozen” look or being unable to make facial expressions. The beauty of Botox is that the amount administered determines the amount of movement that a person is still able to make. We work to customize our doses to soften wrinkles, maintain expression and give our clients a subtle, and natural look.