Botox® has built its reputation as the gold-standard treatment for long-lasting wrinkle reduction, becoming the go-to anti-aging solution for many middle-aged adults.
But older adults are no longer the only ones clamoring for this highly popular cosmetic injectable: Many millennials have discovered that having regular Botox injections can help prevent wrinkle formation in the first place.
If you’re in Columbia, Maryland, or the greater Baltimore metropolitan area, we can show you how Botox keeps you looking naturally young and fresh-faced, even as time marches on.
Botox and the battle against wrinkles
Botulinum toxin (Type A), also known as Botox Cosmetic, is a natural, purified protein that’s used to help erase fine lines and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles.
Botox is a neurotoxin that works by blocking the nerve signals that cause your facial muscles to contract. Administering tiny amounts of this protein at specific points in your facial structure causes the muscles in those areas to relax ever-so-slightly.
The result? Wrinkles and lines disappear, leaving skin looking naturally smooth and fresh.
The anti-aging benefits of Botox
It’s only logical that Botox Cosmetic generally is considered a cosmetic tool for aging skin; after all, its perennial popularity among aging adults is what helped secure its status as the number-one medically-administered cosmetic injectable.
For older adults who have lived with the signs of aging for years, Botox has long been used as a defensive solution against dynamic wrinkles, or the deep lines caused by repeated facial muscle patterns and everyday facial expressions. These wrinkles include:
- Angry 11s, or the vertical furrows between your eyebrows
- Worry lines, or the horizontal furrows in your forehead
- Crow’s feet, or the tiny laugh lines at the corners of your eyes
Botox Cosmetic is also effective for correcting facial asymmetry and relaxing tight neck bands.
The youth-preserving benefits of Botox
If Botox has always been used as a defensive solution against wrinkles, why is the treatment becoming so popular among young Millennials?
As it turns out, Millennials have discovered that starting a routine Botox regimen just as wrinkles and fine lines are beginning to emerge can prevent them from appearing altogether. For many young adults, keeping regular Botox appointments has become a form of self-care that helps complete their skincare and general maintenance routine.
Although significant facial wrinkles don’t usually make an appearance until you reach your forties, your skin starts its life-long decline into aging sometime in your late twenties or early thirties. That’s when hormonal changes, environmental stresses, and unhealthy lifestyle choices all begin to show up — just a little bit — on your face.
Millennials who are very expressive may even start to notice the initial formation of wrinkles and laugh lines — wrinkles that most young adults aren’t expecting to see for many more years. Using Botox to help control this muscle activity means that wrinkles and lines won’t become as extensive as they could.
For young adults who want to keep the signs of aging at bay, Botox Cosmetic has proven to be a highly effective offensive solution.
A conservative procedure for subtle results
The Botox procedure is very similar for adults of all ages, using customized injections to deliver immediate results that last an average of three to six months.
The main difference between using Botox to reduce the appearance of established wrinkles and using it to prevent the appearance of wrinkles lies in the dosage: Younger patients need far smaller doses of the protein to achieve subtle results that don’t look overdone.
Because Botox isn’t right for everyone, however, it’s important to have a quick consultation and evaluation before any work is done. If you’re a suitable candidate, we can perform the 10-minute in-office treatment immediately following your evaluation.
Botox injections are done with tiny needles that are virtually painless; most patients get the results they’re looking for by having several small injections throughout the treatment area.
Afterwards, you may experience minor swelling and redness at the injection sites; these side effects are generally mild and short-lived. Botox carries few risks or side effects and requires little to no downtime, so you can resume to your normal activities right away.