Botox is commonly used by an older demographic to improve the appearance and fine lines and wrinkles. However, doctors say the number of people getting preventative Botox or Baby Botox in their 20’s is growing.
What is Botox?
Botox is the brand name of botulinum toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum which is found in plants, soil, water and animal intestines. Botulinum toxin blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine causing the targeted muscle to relax.
What’s the right age to get Botox?
In our 30s, collagen production and skin turnover slows down and this is the time where many begin to notice signs of aging. The skin weakens and over time, its ability to ‘bounce back’ from folds caused by laughing, smiling and frowning as well as other facial expressions, deteriorates. Botox is especially effective when fine lines begin to appear. At this stage, the affected muscle and skin can be relaxed with Botox allowing forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet (smile lines at the corners of eyes) to relax and fade which can be very satisfying to witness. Once a facial line becomes static and deep-set, Botox is administered first to freeze the muscle then filler is often required to fill the skin and lift the static line.
An increasingly popular use of Botox is for prevention of wrinkles with many in their 20s opting for Baby Botox where micro doses of Botox are injected into the specific muscles in the face. This gives a very subtle effect reducing muscle movement but still allowing some movement for expression. Botox is licensed for use in those 18 or older, as are fillers. Repeated Botox in your 20s has been shown to significantly prevent wrinkle formation in the future as long as treatment is properly maintained every 3-6months.
What’s the difference between Botox and Baby Botox?
- Traditional Botox targets already formed fine lines whereas Baby Botox aims to prevent formation of lines and wrinkles.
- Traditional Botox uses larger doses than Baby Botox.
- Baby Botox does not freeze the muscles to the extent of traditional Botox.
Experienced aesthetic practitioners can often tell where Baby Botox would be beneficial e.g., if you repeatedly furrow your eyebrows out of habit, lines are most likely to form there prematurely. Botox can be injected into the right places to help ‘train’ a person’s face to break the habit lowering the chance of wrinkles forming in the treated area.
Here and M&K Aesthetics, we take a flexible approach to Botox. Our aim is that your family and friends will tell you that you look incredible but won’t be able to pinpoint what you have had done. It is better to refine results with top-ups than to freeze the face to the point of inexpression. We tailor treatment to the individual discussing your expectations and adjusting doses and technique to achieve your desired result enhancing your individual features.
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