Over the past few years, there has been an increasing number of 20-something patients requesting Dermal fillers as well as Botox as a means to ward off future wrinkles.
Studies have shown that patients as young as 25 begin using Botox for this reason.
Because Botox targets the muscles responsible for repetitive muscle contractions such as frowning, and squinting, there is a growing number of younger patients using Botox to prevent this from happening. It is commonly known that once a person slows down the use of these muscles beginning early in adult life, expressive creases and lines never develop.
Wrinkles can appear in young adults who are frequent frowners, or are highly expressive individuals in stressful jobs as well as young athletic adults. A good example of this are bodybuilders that are constantly frowning and contracting the muscles that cause frown lines and crows feet.
Think of your skin as piece of paper. The more you crinkle that paper, the more wrinkling. The less folding and crinkling, the smoother the paper.
A study to back this up theory was performed in 2006 study involving identical twin sisters, one who used Botox regularly for 13 years and the other who did not.
The study shows pictures of them 10 to 15 years later. One twin had a smooth and attractive forehead, while the other had expression lines that you would naturally expect with someone with normal aging.
The conclusion of this study was that long-term treatment with Botox can prevent the development of imprinted facial lines that are visible at rest.
Botox is not limited to a person’s age. Some believe the right time to start is when you begin to see the wrinkles, and not before. The choice is yours, however the results are not permanent. The treatment should be repeated every 4-6 months to maintain results.
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