Starting to notice pesky lines on your face, especially on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes? Your selfies and the mirror may be showing you signs of aging! These fine lines can become wrinkles as the muscles in the face continue to move. Unfortunately, wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. As we get older, our skin becomes thinner, drier, less elastic and less able to protect itself from damage. Over time, normal repetitive facial expressions (think: squinting, smiling, frowning, and raising your eyebrows) cause fine lines and wrinkles. Previous sun exposure, tanning bed use, smoking, dehydration, pollution and genetics all accelerate these unwanted changes.
Can you prevent them? The treatment of preventing wrinkles before they even start is growing! More men and women in their 20s and 30s are taking control of their skin’s appearance. Smooth skin on Instagram and the red carpet is often skin treated with filler or a neurotoxin to give that long lasting, fresh-faced effect. When you begin to notice lines on your face that stick around, it is a great time to consider preventative measures such as a healthy aging skin care regimen and preventative Botox. Botox is a neurotoxin that can relax facial muscles to prevent them from contracting, which in turn prevents the skin from folding on top of them. Botox can reverse some wrinkles and even prevent new ones from developing. When starting early, smaller doses of Botox can be used and the results can look 100% natural when delivered by a skilled medical professional.
A highly trained Botox injector such as a board certified physician or a mid-level provider, supervised and trained by a physician can study your facial expressions and determine exactly where you need to be treated to prevent wrinkles. If you are insecure about certain movements (eyebrow raises, lines between the eyebrows) Botox can relax these muscles to prevent them from being so active during daily life and conversations. When done this way, the results never look frozen. An added bonus if you have oily skin? Botox can also decrease sebum (oil) production and pore size- a win/win situation! It’s time to increase your confidence and put your best face forward (even without the help of an Instagram or Snapchat filter)!