While Botox is most commonly associated with middle-aged people looking to turn back the clock, there’s a growing trend among the younger set who want to fight off signs of aging before they ever show up.
So what exactly is Botox and how does it work? Botox is a popular name brand for Botulinum Toxin Type A, a neuromodulator that works as a “selective muscle relaxer” to reduce dynamic wrinkles of motion, according to Dr. Frank. It’s a protein made by a commonly known bacteria that temporarily paralyzes muscle.
There’s no exact age when you should start getting Botox, but the sooner you treat signs of aging, the better your results will be. “I don’t like to tell people to treat what they don’t have, but if you’re starting to see traces of lines in your mid-to-late twenties or early thirties, it is best to clean your room before it gets dirty,” Dr. Frank said. “If someone is expressive with their face and prone to getting lines, they should consider exploring a preventative neuromodulator. The later you start the more difficult it is to achieve the ideal results.”
If you’re scared of getting that stereotypical “frozen” look, as long as you visit a skilled doctor who knows how to cater to younger clientele, your results will be subtle and natural looking with plenty of movement left in your face. “Botox will not be noticeable if it is injected in small doses by a skilled dermatologist. Patients will look more rested, brows more defined and if done right eyes more open and youthful,” Dr. Frank said.