Whether you’ve thought about it or not, wrinkles and fine lines are in practically everyone’s future. You’ve probably heard about Botox, but if you’re unclear on some of the finer points, we’ve got you covered!
Botox is an injectable anti-aging treatment that targets dynamic facial wrinkles. It has been around for some time, and there are plenty of good reasons for its longevity on the market. Botox is not complicated, but it delivers excellent results. The results of Botox treatment can last for months, and you can touch it up whenever necessary. Botox uses a protein derived from the botulinum toxin, which is what gives it its name. While this may sound a bit strange, there is no toxin in Botox.
As we mentioned, Botox works to prevent and reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles caused by repetitive facial movements. They can appear all over your face, from the forehead to the lips and cheeks. Some common names for dynamic wrinkles are: laugh lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, frown lines, and marionette lines. These wrinkles all share a few common traits. For one, you’re more likely to develop these types of wrinkles if a direct relative like a parent has them. While wrinkles themselves are not hereditary, a person’s tendency to develop them is. That is to say: everyone will have wrinkles, but where and how early they appear is based partially on your parents. Dynamic wrinkles appear because the muscles in the face wear away at the skin, causing it to thin and become sunken in appearance. As we age, our skin becomes less and less able to repair itself because it produces fewer proteins like collagen and elastin—these two important components of our skin help maintain elasticity and hydration.
Botox works simply enough: it temporarily paralyzes the muscles it’s injected into. Don’t worry! Your face can still move, but these specific muscles will contract far less than they would otherwise after a treatment. With less facial movement, your skin has more time and opportunity to repair and maintain itself. In time, after Botox, your skin will begin to fill in as it naturally heals. Botox can be repeated whenever necessary, and the results really do speak for themselves.
So onto the big question. Is it possible to be too young to try Botox? Legally and ethically speaking: of course. Botox is FDA approved for people 18 years and older, but most dermatologists (including Northeast Dermatology Associates) won’t treat people until they are 25. Even the most severe dynamic wrinkles don’t generally show up that early. It's recommended to wait until at least 25 years of age before opting for any cosmetic treatments.
But here’s where things get interesting. Botox is not only for treating pre-existing wrinkles, it also can prevent wrinkles from developing. If you’re in your mid to early twenties and are worried about wrinkles because your parents developed them early, you are definitely not too young to try Botox. The same goes for your thirties and so on. Blessed with no wrinkles at 50? Maybe extend your natural blessing with some Botox! More good new is that there’s no such thing as too old to try Botox.
Botox is a great way to prevent or treat dynamic facial wrinkles. Whether you’re twenty five or forty five, if you’re curious about Botox, why not call the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates for a consultation today.
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