When to Inject: Botoplace CoFounder Gives a Unique Perspective
According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, people under 34 are now undergoing more cosmetic surgery procedures than those aged 51-64. Being almost 50 years old, I can personally attest to the benefit of at least one of these procedures: Botox injections. People tell me that I don’t look my age partly because I’ve always taken care of my health, but also because my Botox regimen has removed years of wrinkles from my face.
What most people don’t know is that there are actually two types of wrinkles: dynamic and static. Dynamic wrinkles are those that show during a movement or facial expression but then go away. As our skin ages, it gradually loses elasticity through repeated, day-to-day muscle movements. These movements lead to dynamic lines, like crows feet and the so-called worry lines on your forehead. Squinting, showing surprise, and simply enjoying life through expression are all common causes of dynamic wrinkles.
Static forehead wrinkles, on the other hand, are those that remain even when the face is at rest. These are typically a result of dynamic lines that have been left untreated, which ultimately leads to collagen breakdown in the skin. Other primary contributors to static wrinkles include sun exposure, genetics, a poor diet, and smoking.
While we can wear large sunglasses, limit outdoor time, change our diets, and choose not to smoke, there is not much that we can do about our genes or about aging. For women and men over the age of 18, then, “baby botox” is the most effective way to prevent a dynamic wrinkle from becoming a static one. With baby botox, fewer doses of botox are injected into each area. The baby treatment is highly effective in removing and preventing forehead creases, lines between the eyebrow, frown lines, and crow’s feet. It’s become part of a larger cultural trend towards a softer, more natural look rather than the stiff, expressionless face that has traditionally been associated with Botox injections.
In other words, the time for Botox is probably right now.
Keep in mind, however, that smaller doses of Botox, aka “baby botox,” are more suitable for younger patients who are hoping to prevent wrinkles and/or slow the early signs of aging. If you already have static wrinkles, regular doses of the treatment will work better. Larger muscles and deep wrinkles will still need a larger dose of Botox to achieve the best results. If possible, avoid saving treatments for whenever you have the extra cash or before a special occasion. Consistency matters.
The good news is that researchers have found that depression may be decreased considerably by using Botox and a self-care routine. While they first thought that Botox disrupted a negative feedback loop in people with depression, it’s far more complex than that. The impact botox has on alleviating depression is thought to be so powerful, in fact, that a clinical trial is underway to explore it as a new mental health treatment.
With improved mental health, you inevitably get better physical health and higher self-esteem — two things our culture needs support in attaining. The value of improving one’s self-esteem and wellness cannot be overstated, as it allows you to have the self-confidence necessary to feel good about yourself. Beauty may come from within, but one reflects their inner beauty on the outside. When you embrace yourself, you embrace what you can offer to the world, and what the world can offer to you.
Indeed, beauty influences your physical and mental health as well as your attitude. The “baby botox” phenomenon has revealed a new generation that embraces feeling good about themselves, which is a good thing. The industry has responded by offering unlimited plans that reflect this new reality — that Botox is not a one-off “fix,” but rather a lifestyle choice.
Before starting any cosmetic regimen, however, you should do some online homework. Experience matters. Botox injections should be conducted by a specialist, preferably a master injector. This means a credentialed medical professional with an understanding of the product as well as experience with anatomy and anatomical movement.
As a CEO of a botox-only clinic, I’ve learned that everyone’s skin tells a unique story, depending on type, coloration, lifestyle, diet, medications, environmental exposure, and much more. At the same time, every patient should always look and feel natural. That’s why good treatments start with diagnosis. Your goals are important and unique, just like your skin, and your clinic should be using advanced technologies like multispectral imaging to capture key information about surface and subsurface facial skin conditions. The result will be a highly-customized treatment.
As with any cosmetic procedure, people may wonder if they are “too young” or “too old” to try Botox. The simple answer is that there is no right or wrong age to start using it; the choice is entirely yours, but none of us are getting younger. As they say, prevention is the best medicine, so the sooner the better.
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