Can Botox keep the wrinkles away?
January 18, 2013
Botox is for people who already have signs of aging, right? Not always. Some plastic surgeons who give injections of the cosmetic medicine say they are seeing younger patients - those without any visible wrinkles - seeking out treatment. This "preventative Botox" may seem silly to some, but the injectable cosmetic may actually be able to stop wrinkles before they start.
The panic of the 30s
There's no hard deadline for when wrinkles begin to form - certain habits, like smoking or spending too much time in the sun, can expedite the appearance of fine lines on the face. Genetics also plays a factor in how an individual will age. But some young adults may begin to "panic" around age 30, when the first traces of wrinkles start to appear.
"With 30 kind of looming around the corner, you start to panic a little," Lisa Parsons, a 29-year-old Botox patient, told Arizona's CBS5. "To me, if I prevent it, I can't get the wrinkle in the first place."
Parsons has been getting Botox since she was 26. She explained to the news source that she and others like her are eager to maintain the youthful glow of the 20s.
Does it work?
Are people like Parsons victims of wishful thinking, or can starting Botox treatments early really make a difference later down the road? According to one medical professional who provides Botox, early injections can help.
"If you can't move the muscle, you can't move the skin. You can't form a wrinkle," the registered nurse told the news source. In other words, because Botox freezes the muscles that cause wrinkles, patients may be able to delay the appearance of fine lines around the eyes, mouth and forehead by getting Botox earlier in life.
Facts and figures
The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports that in 2011, Botox was the most common procedure for people between the ages of 35 and 50. Botox injections were also the most common non-surgical procedure that year, with a total of 2,169,739 injections performed by ASAPS doctors. This shows that people of all ages are turning to the cosmetic treatment to help reduce or eliminate signs of aging.
A patient who undergoes his or her first injection of Botox can expect to see results within five to 10 days after the treatment. They will not need another injection for four to six months, at which time they will regain the ability to move the affected facial muscles.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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