Stop Wrinkles Before They Start

Botox is probably one of those things you’ve always assumed you’ll think more about in 15 or 20 years. After all, the injectable is largely used by an older demographic to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But doctors are seeing a growing number of young people coming in for preventative Botox to stop wrinkles before they start. There’s an increasing awareness that when it comes to warding off wrinkles, prevention is key. Using Botox to inhibit the development of lines — and to train facial muscles to behave differently — is, it turns out, incredibly effective.

How does preventative Botox work?

Botox is a neuromodulator that relaxes muscles where they have been injected so that these muscles do not pull on the overlying skin to cause wrinkles. In preventative Botox, Botox is injected into hyperactive facial muscles near the eyes, forehead, and glabella where they will cause wrinkles in due time. By doing so, wrinkles and fine lines are prevented from forming, and when injected during the early stages of fine lines and wrinkles, Botox stops them in their tracks. Many doctors recommend it as a preemptive solution to a problem. “Because wrinkles form from the repetitive movement of the skin, getting Botox injections earlier can stop them from happening in the first place, rather than attempting to fix them after they’ve developed,” says Dr. Kashouty. “Slowing down the use of hyperactive muscles early will prevent deep lines from developing in the future.”

When to start preventative Botox

Everyone uses facial expression muscles differently. People who have a habit of raising their eyebrows might see forehead wrinkles etching in during their 20s, while those who rarely use their forehead might not see wrinkles there until their 40s. Quality of skin and genetics play a huge part too. There’s no specific age that people should start using Botox for maximum efficacy. However, one thing most doctors agree on is that it doesn’t matter if you’re 25 or 35, the best time to start Botox is before static wrinkles (the ones that appear at rest) form.

What can I expect during my preventative Botox treatment?

Before the injections, your doctor may ask you to make faces to help them identify facial muscles and lines that will be treated. This will allow them to inject the preventative Botox accurately. Bruising at the injection site happens occasionally and is totally normal. Bruising, if any, should disappear within a few days. Most clients are able to go back to work immediately or straight to dinner. You’ll begin to see results in about 48 hours, with full results in 7 to 14 days. Results typically last anywhere from 3 to 6 months and depend on how quickly your body metabolizes the product, your anatomy, and your individual aesthetic goals.

Dr. Kashouty is a board-certified and fellowship-trained doctor who has extensive experience in providing Botox for patients in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Martin County, and South Florida. Click here to schedule a consultation.