• Dr. Naureen Akhtar General Practitioner MBBS,MRCGP,DRCOG
preventative Botox

Botox seems like the thing you’ll consider when you’re on your 40s or 50s. After all, this wrinkle-fighting injectable is mostly used by the older demographic to enhance their appearance. However, doctors told that more and more young people are getting preventative Botox – or the use of Botox to stop wrinkles before they even form.

Botox is an FDA-approved drug for people ages 18 and above. Doctors say that most of the patients seen getting Botox for wrinkle prevention are in their late 20s or early 30s. Preventative Botox is useful to retrain your facial muscles and enhance facial posture that primarily causes wrinkles. Through the use of highly precise placement of a neuromodulator such as Botox, specific muscles are being pulled in a certain direction, allowing opposing muscles to pull in the opposite side. These muscles will become stronger over time and they will age more evenly.

Benefits of Preventative Botox

People develop fine lines and wrinkles because the skin weakens over time and cannot effectively revert back from folding due to smiling, laughing, frowning and all other facial movements. As such, doctors usually suggest treating wrinkles in two steps.

First, using a topical retinol product to encourage collagen production and strengthen the skin. Second, using neuromodulator such as Botox to relax facial muscles, preventing wrinkling of overlying skin. In a nutshell, preventative Botox simply gives an early start for those who need it more.

Botox prevents dynamic wrinkles or the wrinkles caused by movements of the muscle. They are the lines around the sides of the mouth, crow’s feet, lines across the forehead and the sides of your nose. By relaxing these muscles using Botox, you can prevent the movement that ensues wrinkles.

Doctors can tell if you might need preventative Botox by simply looking at your face. For instance, someone who furrows her brow or purses her lips out of habit might notice lines across her forehead or mouth in her 20s. Injecting Botox at the right places will help ‘train’ your face to no longer falling into such habit. This will help lower the chances that you’ll develop permanent wrinkles on those spots.

Experts say preventative Botox really works – it can totally reverse mild lines and could even prevent them from forming at all. The best time to start preventative wrinkles is when they first appear. Wrinkles begin to show up when you are making a facial expression and then disappear at rest.

FYI: Getting preventative Botox in your 20s or 30s does not mean you are going to be hooked on it for the rest of your life. Ideally, you’ll return less and less often over time. Some may need minor touch-ups while others may not need to return for a year or even less.