Most people think of Botox as something that “middle-aged” people do, to smooth out lines on the forehead or between the eyes. And yes, plenty of people in their 40s and 50s begin seeking regular Botox treatments for this exact reason. But when you think about how Botox works to reduce lines and wrinkles, the idea of preventive Botox begins to make a lot of sense.
How does Botox work? Botox injections temporarily “paralyze” the nerves in the treated area, so that you’re unable to make certain expressions that contribute to lines and wrinkles. No, it’s not a scary paralysis; it’s really better to think of it as “relaxing”. You’re still able to make facial expressions, and Botox won’t leave you looking “frozen”. However, specific muscles will be able to contract to form expressions like squinting or scowling.
The end result is a more relaxed facial expression, and lines and wrinkles become less noticeable in the treated areas.
How can Botox be preventive? It’s true that many people begin to seek Botox treatments in their forties, when lines and wrinkles become noticeable and bothersome. However, there is such a thing as “preventive Botox” as well. Because Botox injections do relax the muscles of the face in treated areas, you don’t make as many of the facial expressions that create lines or wrinkles in the first place. So not only does Botox smooth your facial expressions; it actually can prevent lines from forming.
When can you begin preventive Botox? Botox can help to prevent further development of lines and wrinkles at any age. But more and more people in the 25-30 age range have begun to seek out preventive Botox treatments. Also called “Baby Botox”, these preventive treatments often require fewer units of the medication. It’s a “light” treatment that can help you preserve your fresh, youthful complexion.
Whatever age you are, Botox can help you achieve a more relaxed and pleasant expression with fewer lines. But if you do want to get started early, give us a call and we’ll discuss your options.