Have you heard about preventative Botox? Most of us are familiar with the muscle freezing treatment that has been immensely popular since it was first introduced as a cosmetic procedure option. Botox is typically associated with the minimisation of existing wrinkles on the face.
What many are often interested in learning is that Botox can also be integrated as a part of a robust skin regimen designed at preventing the formation of those fine lines and wrinkles that appear as we age.
An understanding of preventative Botox
The theory behind preventative Botox is that if we treat an issue before it becomes an issue, then it’s never allowed to become that issue we’re avoiding. Botox treatments are used to freeze the muscles that are responsible for us showing expressions. When we laugh, frown, smile or express any of the other dozens of emotions we are capable of, it becomes visible on our face. By freezing the muscles behind these animated movements, we are able to see a reduction in those lines on our face. We are still able to express our emotions, but just with far fewer lines and wrinkles showing when we do.
Botox, when it is maintained, can prevent those wrinkles from being a factor for us. This holds true whether we are in our late 40s with a lifetime of laughs visible on our face, or whether we’re in our early 30s trying to stave off those stress-induced forehead lines.
Things to keep in mind
Botox is not a permanent cosmetic solution for fine lines and wrinkles. Surgery is one of the more permanent options to consider, but it’s not always the right choice for every individual. The results seen from Botox injections can last between 3 and 6 months, based upon individual factors. Those who get their first and second treatments will find that their results last more on the lower end of the time table, while those who get subsequent treatments may see their results lasting significantly longer.
To ensure that you have near permanent cosmetic results, it’s important that you schedule your Botox appointments on a regular basis. When the muscles unfreeze, you’ll see a return of the lines on your face. This is true for patients of all ages. Excessive and prolonged use of Botox injections can lead to the muscles on your face getting weaker and flatter. While this may seem ideal, it can potentially lead to your skin looking thinner and looser. You may also find that lesser used facial muscles start to be responsible for additional lines on your face as time marches on.
At what age should you start preventative Botox?
There is no truly defined ideal age for preventative Botox treatments. Adults who are interested in halting the progression of those fine lines visible when laughing, smiling or frowning can be of any age. Typically, this treatment is seen most often in those who are in their late 20s to early 30s.
Cosmetic experts, such as those at Face and Body cosmetic clinic, suggest that the ideal time to look into preventative treatments is when you start to see faint lines forming when you face is at rest. Every person, regardless of their age, will have visible lines on their face when they are demonstrating expressions. It’s when you see faint lines on a face at rest that you have the start of a wrinkle.
Preventative Botox therapy can step in to reduce the visibility of that line and keeping it from becoming more permanent.
Are there any risks to consider with preventative Botox?
Generally speaking, the risks associated with getting Botox treatments are quite minimal. Common side effects seen after treatment include pinpoint redness and bruising at the injection sites. A mild headache is often reported immediately after the treatment. These side effects typically fade 24 hours after the procedure is completed.
In some situations, when the Botox is not administered by a licensed, trained and experienced professional, there are some increased risks. These could include droopy eyebrows and eyelids if the injections are administered too close to these areas.
Are there any ways to prolong the results of Botox?
Perhaps the two most important things that you can do for your face, whether you are getting Botox treatments or not, are to stay hydrated and use SPF protection year-round. Skin that is not adequately hydrated will look unhealthy, thin, dry and of course result in more visibility for fine lines and wrinkles. The sun can prematurely age anyone, so it’s vital to use the SPF protection on your face and also wear a hat and sunglasses during those very bright days.
Keep your skin exfoliated and moisturised, paying careful attention to the skin around the eyes and on the neck.
If you think that preventative Botox is a good option to help you meet your cosmetic needs, you should ensure you consult with a professional who has a world of experience in making cosmetic goals a reality.