Botox is an incredible product that millions of women and men have experienced.
I started getting BOTOX myself in my forehead and frown lines around age 28. Many of my friends similarly started in their late 20′s and 30′s. The questions I get asked most commonly are 1) is it safe and 2) am I too young to start?
BOTOX® Cosmetic, introduced in 2002, is the first botulinum toxin to be approved by the FDA to temporarily treat moderate to severe glabellar lines between the brows. Approximately 11.8 million1 BOTOX® Cosmetic procedures have been administered in the United States since 2002. Prior to being used for wrinkles, it was used for facial spasms, sweating, migraines, and many other medical indications.
I feel that its use helps prevent wrinkle formation. I started using it as a young age as a preventative measure. If you think about your skin as a piece of paper – if you don’t fold it, you won’t make deep creases in it. There have been some studies looking at twins, one who received injections routinely 2-3 times a year for over 10 years and the other twin who didn’t. They found significantly less fine lines and deep lines in the patient who used BOTOX.
I actually inject BOTOX into my own face. I absolutely hate “bad BOTOX” where the person is over frozen and has droopy eyebrows, or the opposite, where they have crazy Joker-like eyebrows from the sides going up. My philosophy is that it should take out the wrinkles but allow movement. I personally like to be able to slightly raise my eyebrows symmetrically (and not just the tips) and frown, but not actually make a crease. Some patients like to be more frozen, some like to have more movement, everyone is different. I make sure to take the time to understand what the patient wants and tailor their treatment to the individual. Regardless, I know that once you try it, you will have noticeable changes for the better!