We all have that friend. You know which one we’re talking about. She’s in her mid-30s with perfect skin that seems to magically resist the signs of aging. When she tells you her secret, “Preventative Botox®”, it’s hard not to have a few questions.
What Is “Preventative Botox®”?
The phrase “Preventative Botox®” has come up a lot in pop culture over the past few years and what it describes is injections of Botulinum toxin applied proactively to prevent the appearance of wrinkles, rather than to correct existing wrinkles on the skin’s surface.
Micro Botox® is also popular with the younger adults. Micro Botox® is small amounts of Botox® distributed over a large surface area. This is used for pore size, sweat prevention and to lessen fine lines and wrinkles. It give a more natural, less “frozen” look.
How Does Preventative Botox® Work?
Preventative Botox® uses the same exact process and formula as other Botox® injections. A fine needle is used to inject the formula into the skin on the desired areas. The formula then keeps the underlying muscle from contracting, causing the skin to relax and appear smooth.
The reason it’s called “preventative” is because the Botox® is treating an area where wrinkles have not yet formed fully in order to delay or prohibit future appearance. Generally, this is done in a patient’s 20s and 30s, but could be done at any age.
Why should I consider Botox® in my 20s and 30s?
Botox® is safe and FDA Approved for people who are 18 years of age and older. People in their twenties and thirties are often good candidates for “preventative Botox®” if they have expression lines that they wish to smooth out.
Preventative Botox® is best for individuals in their mid-twenties to thirties that are looking for a non-surgical method to enhance the overall appearance of their skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and help delay the onset of future signs of aging.
Does it really work?
Botox® is proven to help with the prevention of dynamic wrinkles and can delay the onset for younger individuals when applied by a skilled, licensed professionals, such as Becky Hamilton at the Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery. Highly experienced professionals will be able to tell where you might benefit from injections. When performed, Botox® can actually reverse the progression of mild wrinkles and prevent them from forming at all. The best time to treat wrinkles is upon the first appearance! Some results will be immediate while full results may take up to three weeks.
How much does it cost?
Because cosmetic procedures, like Botox® are elective, they are not commonly covered by insurance. Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery works hard to keep all procedures affordable and specials may be available. Our offices accept personal checks, cash and credit cards. Financing may be available for those who qualify via CareCredit.
How do I decide if preventative Botox® is right for me?
Still not sure if it is the right treatment for you? It’s important to make sure you understand and feel comfortable before you undergo and cosmetic procedures. You can learn more about Botox under our Med Spa section.
While many people are good candidates, it is important to know those who are not:
- Individuals with allergies to Botox® or any of its preservatives
- Women who are pregnant or lactating
- Those with Eaton-Lambert Syndrome
- Anyone with Myasthenia-Gravis Syndrome
If you think you’re a good candidate and are ready to take the next steps, contact us today to schedule a consultation or appointment at of our five convenient locations throughout Avondale, Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Julington Creek/Mandarin, and Fleming Island/Orange Park.