Preventive BOTOX® Cosmetic: Does It Really Work?

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Men and women have been turning to BOTOX treatments at our practice in Tallahassee, FL for anti-aging solutions for years, but lately there has been a growing trend in individuals starting treatments as early as their late 20s. They’re looking to take a proactive approach to anti-aging rather than a reactive one, stopping wrinkles from forming before they become easily noticeable.

Does this approach actually work, and it is a realistic option in the long term? In this blog post, we’ll explore the power of preventive injectables.

How BOTOX Works

BOTOX, along with Dysport® and Xeomin®, is a neuromodulator. It smooths wrinkles by relaxing specific muscles in the face, stopping repeated contractions that cause lines—called dynamic wrinkles—over time. It’s highly effective for treating horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, and vertical lines between the eyebrows.

The idea behind preventive BOTOX is that by stopping these contractions early on, you’ll be able to prevent or delay signs of aging and avoid the need for more invasive correction down the line. Younger men and women typically start treatment as soon as they notice faint lines that persist even when the face is relaxed.

The Preventive Approach

When you go in for a BOTOX treatment, your injector will likely start by asking you to form specific facial expressions that cause the wrinkles you’re concerned about. He or she will provide personalized insight about whether BOTOX will be helpful at that time or whether you’ll be better off waiting a bit longer to start treatment.

Your first results will take 1 to 2 weeks to develop and will likely last 3 to 4 months. With continued use, you may need less frequent treatments over time. Many men and women treat touch-up appointments as part of their regular aesthetic maintenance routines. You can see examples of the difference this makes by visiting our before-and-after photo gallery.

Other Preventive Options

Other med spa services can slow the aging process as well. A popular option is microneedling, which not only smooths existing signs of aging but encourages the natural production of collagen and elastin for continuously healthy, plump, rejuvenated skin. A great way to learn about the best approach for your unique skin needs is to visit us for a personal skincare consultation with one of our licensed aestheticians.

For those with especially expressive faces or naturally thin skin, starting BOTOX sooner than later may be a helpful way to slow the onset of dynamic wrinkles. If you find yourself regularly frowning or squinting out of habit, you may consider learning more about whether this approach can help you look young and fresh for as long as possible.

If you would like to start preventive BOTOX treatments here in Tallahassee, FL, please contact us online or call (850) 219-2000 to request a consultation

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