Wrinkles aren’t just your grandma’s problem anymore: Stress, pollution, and increased exposure to the sun and tanning beds are causing many people to begin getting wrinkles in their 30s and 40s. Naturally, we all want to prevent this from happening… But we can’t live our lives in a bubble. Life is going to happen, and it’s going to expose us to all of the aforementioned risk factors for premature aging.
So, should we give up and resign ourselves to the tyranny of fine lines? Absolutely not, say the majority of cosmetic surgeons. An expanding body of evidence suggests that Botox may not just treat existing wrinkles—it might also prevent wrinkles from forming. The secret? Start early. Depending on your lifestyle, starting Botox treatments in your early 30s—or even your 20s—can help to stall the formation of wrinkles.
How Does Botox Slow The Signs Of Aging?
To understand how Botox can slow the development of wrinkles and fine lines, we first need to examine how it treats them. When Botox is injected into muscle tissue, it blocks nerve signals from reaching those muscles. This prevents the muscles from contracting, thereby smoothing the appearance of the skin above. Because wrinkles are caused by the compound effect of these contractions over a number of years (in conjunction with other factors that cause a loss of skin volume, like smoking and sun exposure), injecting Botox before any visible fine lines are present could delay wrinkle formation.
When Should I Start Botox Treatments?
There’s some debate between surgeons on when the best time to start Botox treatments is. While many consumers are choosing to try Botox in their early 20s, most cosmetic surgeons recommend that you start getting injections in your early-mid 30s. There are, however, notable exceptions to this rule: If you smoke, live in a very sunny climate (or enjoy tanning), have a stressful job, or have a family history of premature aging, starting Botox in your early-mid 20s may be a better choice.
Either way, it’s important to remember that trying Botox is usually harmless at any age (its effects are temporary and will wear off within 3-6 months). If you want to try Botox just to see how it affects your “look,” you can therefore go ahead and do so without worry. And who knows? You might just free yourself from wrinkles for many years to come!
To book your Botox consultation, contact Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery today.