Botox: Great for… 24-Year-Olds?
Botox has been used for many different purposes over the years, though it’s best known for its ability to reduce the severity of facial wrinkles in middle-aged and older people. It has been extremely popular for that purpose since it’s highly effective, safe, and has withstood the test of time. But what if, instead of using Botox to treat wrinkles that are already there, you could use it to prevent them from appearing in the first place? Well, that’s exactly what a growing number of young people are doing.
Stopping aging before it starts
“If I start at a younger age, when I’m older I’ll continue to have that youthful appearance that our society so values,” said Tiffany Goodyear, a young woman interviewed by Myhealthnewsdaily.com. CBS estimates that 30% of Botox users in 2009 were under 30, a number that is expected to continue rising.
With constant media influences driving us to look youthful and fresh while coping with increasingly stressful lives, it’s not surprising that young people are seeking new options to maintain their appearance. For most young Botox users, it’s a question of confidence as well. Some feel refreshed, and others say people make positive comments about their skin after a treatment.
Is Botox prevention effective?
Some surgeons believe in Botox for wrinkle prevention; others don’t. There’s not enough evidence to definitively prove the claims one way or another. The most important thing is that patients should do what makes them feel good. Media and peer pressure to look a certain way is never a good reason to seek wrinkle injections.
Are Botox prevention injections safe?
For adults over the age of 18, using Botox should not be a problem. Though many people frown on twenty-something’s turning to chemical wrinkle prevention, the disapproval might stem from why young people feel the need to start drastic prevention (societal pressures to look young), not from the drug itself. Botox has been studied for decades and is used to treat a number of medical conditions. Side effects are rare and, if administered and supervised by an experienced plastic surgeon, there is no reason to believe that Botox is not safe for the younger demographic.
For wrinkle treatment or prevention in Massachusetts, Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with many years of experience. For safe and effective Botox treatments, contact Dr. Bentkover at his offices in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA.