Preventive Botox - Why and for whom?

In recent years, the toolkit for preventing the visible signs of aging has expanded to include the preventive botox. The goal of this treatment is to relax and smooth the movement of facial muscles to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles before they become permanent. 

Preventive Botox in Barcelona, also known as baby botox.

What will I talk about in this article?

What is preventive botox?

Most people wait until they start to see wrinkles before they seek Botox treatment, but preventive treatment uses botulinum toxin to treat wrinkles before they appear.Quote

When you frown, smile or furrow your brow, your facial muscles contract and "wrinkle the skin over and over again," known as a dynamic wrinkle. As the skin ages, it loses elasticity and these initially dynamic wrinkles can leave permanent or fixed deep furrows. Therefore, it makes sense to smooth these dynamic wrinkles before deep, fixed lines form.

Areas can be treated with preventive botox

Botox is most popular in the frown lines between the eyebrows, the lines around the eyes or crow's feet and the forehead area where the eyebrows "furrow". These are the most popular areas for preventive Botox and also for standard Botox use.

Illustration shows the areas that can typically be treated with botox.

At what age should I start preventive botox?

There is no typical age at which we should start applying preventive botox, but it will depend more on the type of wrinkles you have. Most people wait until they begin to have deep, pronounced wrinkles before seeking Botox treatment. However, the Preventive Botox is used much earlier to relax the muscles that produce wrinkles, preventing expression lines from developing in the future. 

Preventive botox is not indicated at a specific age. It should begin to be used when we start to notice wrinkles beginning to appear.

Nowadays, I tend to treat patients with Botox from the age of 30 or 40 years in which wrinkles begin to be marked in a fixed way. Each person is different and that is why it is better to be evaluated by a professional dermatologist before starting any aesthetic treatment. 

Before and after photos

The objective of botox treatment is to relax the muscles so that dynamic wrinkles do not form. In the following photo you will see a patient in which the first fixed wrinkles are beginning to develop and in which we begin to apply preventive botox. If you want to see more before and after photos you can check my specific article about it

Scientific studies on preventive botox

In some scientific studies, it has been shown that the Long-term treatment with Botox can prevent the development of fixed facial wrinkles. that are visible at rest. During this study, with a follow-up of 13 years, no adverse events were reported when preventive botox was applied.Quote

In another systematic review the authors observed that long-term administration of botox produces a progressive reduction of wrinkles and an improvement of a number of skin attributes. A sustained application over time suggests a continuous repair process leading to prolonged and cumulative positive effects for our skin.Quote

Think critically and get advice

Social media and the rise of youth-obsessed trends in skin care and beauty cause a lot of pressure on younger people. I see this especially in women who want to start treatments like preventive Botox as soon as possible. In addition to this, there are many places where they will advise you to get Botox injections at a very young age to sell more treatments and that is why you have to be careful where you go. 

 

Aesthetic psychological problems caused by excessive use of social networks

In my opinion it is key get expert advice, There are many more things you can do from a young age to prevent aging. 

For example, protecting yourself from the sun as a teenager will have a huge impact on how your skin will look when you are older at the level of stains and wrinkles.  

More information on botox

Annually I receive many female and male patients who want to start a botox treatment. It is normal to have doubts and fears because for many years the use of this treatment has been stigmatized. Therefore, be well advised before any aesthetic treatment and always seek a licensed health professional to apply these products. 

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Sebastian Podlipnik - Skin cancer

Sebastian Podlipnik

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I am a dermatologist and cum laude MD and author of multiple research studies. I specialize in skin cancer, laser technologies and cosmetic dermatology. The intention of this blog is to bring you closer to topics of interest in dermatology and research.

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