When it comes to erasing lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, Botox® – along with its cousins, Dysport® and Xeomin® – can create unmatched results. As you may know, these products are neuromodulators based on the botulinum protein, which relaxes the muscles and gives wrinkles a chance to smooth themselves out.
If you’re in your 20s or early 30s, you may not think you’re a candidate for Botox® injections. But think again – the number of younger people who are opting to use Botox® to stop mild wrinkles from worsening is growing. If you’re wondering if preventative Botox® is right for you, here are some things you should know.
Stopping Wrinkles in Their Tracks
Your face is highly mobile. Every day, you make facial expressions such as frowning, smiling, laughing, and furrowing your brow, all of which fold and crease your skin. As you age, your skin and underlying tissues begin to weaken, and you can no longer bounce back from these repetitive motions – which is what allows wrinkles to develop.
Skilled injectors can use preventative Botox® to “re-train” facial muscles by preventing habitual or unconscious facial expressions that cause deep wrinkles to occur. Precise placement of neuromodulators can halt wrinkles before they have a chance to form, which will allow younger patients to age more symmetrically.
But How Does It Work?
Botox® specifically prevents “dynamic” wrinkles, which are the wrinkles caused by muscle movements. These include smile lines around your lips, furrows across your forehead, frown lines between the eyes, and crow’s feet at the corners of your eyes. By “freezing” these muscles with Botox®, you can prevent them from contracting, which will lead to fewer wrinkles forming.
You can tell whether you are a good candidate for preventative Botox® by looking at yourself in the mirror as you make certain facial expressions. For example, if you see your brow falling into furrows when you raise your eyebrows, you may have developed an unwitting habit of furrowing your brow when you think. As a result, you might start to see those undesirable horizontal lines forming in your forehead as early as your 20s. A qualified plastic surgeon can inject Botox® in just the right places to help discourage your muscles from falling into those habitual positions, thus decreasing your chances of developing permanent, pesky wrinkles.
Preventative Skin Care Is Highly Effective
Initially, wrinkles will appear when you frown or smile, and disappear when your face is at rest. However, over time, wrinkles will become a permanent part of the landscape of your face, even when you aren’t making the expressions that caused them to form in the first place. The best time to start treating those wrinkles is as soon as they appear since using Botox® can reverse mild lines and prevent them from developing into wrinkles in the first place.
For younger patients, Botox® is becoming a valuable tool in their anti-aging arsenal, alongside solutions such as sunscreen, moisturizers, and facial cleansers. If you’ve already developed a consistent skin care routine and are using the right products for your skin but find that you’re starting to see wrinkles even when your face is at rest, you are likely an excellent candidate for this procedure.
Become a “Wrinkle Warrior”
If you’re a younger patient, who is ready to reverse premature signs of aging, schedule your appointment at Hudson Face & Eye. Dr. Yogita Kashyap is a highly trained oculofacial surgeon who can use her artistry and attention to detail to provide outstanding results for patients in the earliest stages of the aging process.