Botox was first approved in 1989 but by 1997 it was so popular, supplies even ran out.
It’s still a household name in 2019. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) showed Botox was the top nonsurgical procedure in 2017.
You might assume Botox is something you’ll get in a few years’ time. But you don’t have to wait until the wrinkles form before you choose botox treatments.
Preventative Botox can, as the name implies, help prevent lines before they happen. But what is it and when you should start getting it?
Read on to learn more.
What Is Preventative Botox?
You develop wrinkles because the skin gets weaker over time. It can’t recover from the movements involved in facial expressions.
A preventative skin care routine including retinol can help minimize wrinkles. It helps the skin to produce more collagen to keep its elasticity for longer.
But it won’t work forever and you may reach a point where you need stronger help than a moisturizer.
Botox targets wrinkles made by movements in the muscles. Common problem areas are lines around your nose, eyes, or mouth. Using Botox paralyzes the muscles so they don’t move. That stops wrinkles forming in the skin.
Preventative Botox helps to ‘retrain’ your facial muscles. So if you frown on a regular basis, you’re more likely to get wrinkles on your forehead or around your mouth.
Botox can stop your muscles making these movements. You’re less likely to get wrinkles in these areas.
When Should I Start Getting Preventative Botox?
Deciding when to start botox depends on two things. Do you want to prevent lines forming or treat existing ones? For preventative botox, you’re aiming for the former.
There’s no definitive age for starting botox. People develop lines at different times.
A Good Rule of Thumb
Get preventative Botox when you start noticing lines that don’t fade.
By that, we mean those lines that don’t disappear when your face relaxes. Think of frown or laughter lines.
This can happen from around 25 years or higher.
You might also consider Botox if certain facial lines run in the family. When you spot the same lines as your parents or uncles, think about preventative Botox.
How Often Should I Get Botox?
The effects of Botox only last between 3 and 6 months. But there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to preventative botox.
You may find you only need to see your dermatologist every four months or so. Or you may end up only needing annual visits.
Doing too much botox can cause more problems than not doing it at all. The best approach is to consult a dermatologist and make a plan that suits your skin. Find out at more at this website.
Think About Preventative Botox
Try adding a good quality moisturizer, retinol products, and sunscreen to your routine. If you’re still developing fine lines, then it’s time to consider preventative botox.
It’s a popular and, more importantly safe, treatment. You can feel good about smiling again without fearing wrinkles.
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