Botox® Before Wrinkles. How Soon Should I Start?

July 18, 2017
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Kiss Fine Lines and Wrinkles Goodbye Almost Before They Start

Before Botox® liberated the world from the dreaded “11”s (furrows between the eyebrows), wrinkles on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes were considered an inevitable part of aging.  Now, Botulinum Toxin (more commonly referred to as Botox®, Dysport or Xeomin®), not only repairs wrinkles, it can also prevent fine lines from becoming deeper and more noticeable to begin with.

When is the right time to begin Botox® treatment? The answer is: its different for everyone.  Much depends on your family history, sun exposure and lifestyle.  Before making a decision, it is helpful to understand how wrinkles occur.

Changes in your skin in your 20’s and 30’s trigger the beginning of lines and creases as the production of collagen decreases and the skin becomes dehydrated.  Once lines remain after smiling or crow’s feet become obvious when the face is at rest, is an indicator that this might be the time to begin “saving face” with Botox® treatments. You don’t need to wait for deep lines to appear.

Forehead and crow’s feet are the most commonly injected areas; however Botox® is used to lift the brow and even the lip. Injections can be placed into the bands of the neck to tighten the appearance of turkey neck or eliminate lines on the décolletage.

Botox® works by relaxing the nerve and blocking the nerve muscle communication.  More than 6.7 million in 2016 people decided that Botulinum Toxin was the right treatment to stave off aging. Of course, treatment must be continued to keep even minor lines at bay.  The great news is you will have fewer wrinkles after your injections because your face is not producing new ones.  Generally, Botox® lasts 3-4 months with yearly repeats which will be discussed with you by your doctor.

How do you know you won’t look frozen after treatment?  This is a common concern especially among individuals who wish to have a natural appearance long term. It is very important to find a skilled injector with an artistic eye who can carefully evaluate your face.  An experienced practitioner will analyze the facial muscles you use, your lifestyle and the symmetry of your face.

So kiss smooth skin hello and book your appointment with Dr. Douglas Key to see if Botox®, Xeomin® or Dysport is right for you.