BOTOX® is an injectable used to relax muscles in order to prevent the contracting of certain areas of the body. Typically, it is used on the face, helping you smooth out brow lines, crows feet, and smile lines. These wrinkles of the skin are formed in part to the repetitive movement of muscles within your face. Smile lines, for example, occur when you smile and laugh, which causes the muscles of your face to squeeze the same skin over and over again, eventually resulting in the development of creases and wrinkles. Now, other variables are at play here, including everything from genetics to sun exposure and how well you take care of your face.
As BOTOX® is used to prevent the exaggerated movement of these muscles, it not only will smooth out the wrinkled areas but it can be used as a preventative measure to help reduce the development of these wrinkles in the first place. However, you shouldn’t begin scheduling preventative BOTOX® injections out of thin air. There are certain guidelines and signs you need to be made aware of before you do so. That is why you need to know when to start getting preventative BOTOX®.
Does Getting BOTOX® Early Prevent Wrinkles?
Wrinkles occur due to the movement of muscles within your face (in addition to several other factors such as skin tone, sun exposure, genetics, diet, hydration, and several other variables). Preventative BOTOX® will relax the muscles and diminish their movement, which in turn prevents the muscles from contracting and folding the skin. Because your muscles are unable to contract you are less likely to develop these wrinkles. Preventative BOTOX® injections will last for about three to four months, sometimes up to six months. This gives the area of your face time to rest. As long as you start this process at the first development of prolonged wrinkles you will reduce the chance of new wrinkles forming.
BOTOX® In Your 20s, 30s, and 40s
Preventative BOTOX® is recommended when expression lines remain on your face when you’re not expressing. Everyone’s face will show lines when the muscles contract, like with frowning or smiling or showing any kind of expression. This is natural – what you need to be on the lookout for is if the lines remain after your facial expression has returned to neutral.
You can test this out by standing in front of a mirror, holding a certain expression (such as raised eyebrows or a smile), then let your face return to normal. If your face completely returns to normal and there is no sign of lines there is no need to go in for more preventative BOTOX®. If there is no sign of lines or wrinkles many Botox service providers will turn you away as there simply is no need for the injection.
However, if you notice the lines remain you will want to consider preventative BOTOX®. There is no hard and fast number for when you should begin taking advantage of BOTOX® to prevent wrinkles though. What works for one person will not always work for the next. In fact, you may not see any kind of change wrinkles or held lines following a facial expression until your 30s while someone else might start seeing these lines in their early twenties. In reality, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach.
So, if you think you might need preventative BOTOX® injections to help prevent indentations around your face you will want to consult an expert. They can tell you if it is the best course of action and also what you can do daily to help prolong your youthful appearance.
The amount of sun exposure and your complexion will have more of an impact on when you’ll want to begin considering preventative BOTOX® than your age. Individuals with lighter shades of skin are more susceptible to sun damage, which means it is usually better to begin preventative BOTOX® earlier on.
Additionally, if you have spent a considerable amount of time in the sun you will likely show signs of wrinkles around your forehead and eyes, which is due to squinting or raised eyebrows. But there is no right or wrong age for preventative BOTOX®.
Addressing Current Wrinkles You Might Have
Often the largest wrinkles you have on your face are found on your forehead and where you smile. You might have a very expression-filled face, which can lead to forehead wrinkles faster than others. The same with smile lines. If you love to smile and are always smiling at others (or laughing at a funny movie) you are more likely to develop laugh lines. Even if you currently have these kinds of wrinkles BOTOX® injections can help address these current wrinkles.
The best way to know how to handle these current wrinkles is to go in and talk to a skincare professional. They will go over the current state of the wrinkles with you and help you develop a game plan to reduce the appearance of the wrinkles. This will likely include not only a skincare regimen but also possible skin care services, ranging from facials to microdermabrasion and other services as well. All of this, in addition to the BOTOX® injections, will help you restore your natural appearance while ridding your face of the wrinkles you will want to get rid of.
Schedule Your Consultation With The Skin Center Today
If you’re curious about BOTOX® injections and whether it is the right skincare option for you, now is the time to give The Skin Center by CPS a call. The staff will answer all of your questions and from there help you with determining the best course of action for your skincare needs. From Botox injections to facials and CoolSculpting, if you’re looking for a treatment that works specifically for you The Skin Center is here for you. So begin your journey to a better you today by contacting The Skin Center by CPS.