When people see the effects of aging, like crow’s feet and deep wrinkles, many start seeking a medical professional for a Botox treatment. Like anything else, however, prevention is easier than treatment, which is why so many men and women in the 20’s and 30’s are committing to regular Botox treatments to stop wrinkles from appearing and showing the early signs of ageing.
Botox can help in the fight to minimise those signs of ageing and keep the appearance of wrinkles under control as part of an anti-aging skincare plan. If you want to discuss this further do not hesitate to contact the clinic for an aesthetic consultation.
What is Botox?
Botox is botulinum toxin, a neuromodulator that blocks nerve signals in the muscles. This causes a muscle relaxation that prevents dynamic wrinkles from forming, the type of wrinkles caused by the repetitive muscle contractions from smiling and frowning. Botox softens fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes.
Botox is non-invasive, virtually painless and only take a few minutes to complete. Results are typically seen within a few days; the full effect will take 2 weeks, and may last several months before follow-up treatments are needed.
Botox as an Anti-Aging Treatment
Our normal facial expressions, whether from happiness, stress, pain or sadness, crease our faces and will create lines and wrinkles in the future. These typically begin with frown lines, fine lines around the eyes and the vertical lines between the eyebrows, and they start to show in the 30’s. For those who regular users of tanning beds or spent too much time in the sun, these early signs may show in the 20’s.
At first, these creases will go away when our face returns to a neutral position, but over time, they begin to set in as permanent wrinkles.
How Botox Works to Combat Signs of Aging
Dynamic wrinkles and expression lines form from repeated muscle contractions. If Botox is used before the early signs of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and volume loss, the muscle below an emerging wrinkle is paralyzed and can’t contract, which prevents that repetitive wrinkle from forming. Started early, this can have a dramatic effect on a person’s appearance and aging process later in life, especially if treatments begin early.
Preventative Botox can also correct the facial asymmetry caused by aging, such as a drooping brow, train the facial muscles to prevent fine lines and wrinkles and reduce the need for more invasive anti-aging treatments in the future.
Anyone in their 30’s could benefit from Botox as an anti-aging treatment, but it’s especially important for people who are seeing signs of premature aging and may have sun damage that accelerates the aging process.
When can I start using Botox?
Regularly I get asked that question. In my opinion, I don’t like to inject someone very young with Botox, as generally it is not needed. However, the answer to that question is very much depending on the individual. It depends of the quality of their skin and how intrinsic and extrinsic damage the skin had suffered. But for me as a rule I don’t generally treat anyone in the 20’s. For anyone presenting in the 30’s, it will depend on how visible the dynamic wrinkles are and if they want the treatment as a prevention. The average age of someone starting Botox in our clinic is late 30’s and early 40’s.