When You Should Start Getting Botox and Why:

The answer…in your late 20s and 30s. Sometimes called “preventative Botox”, it is most frequently used to smooth out fine lines and prevent the formation of deep, static wrinkles in the future. Botox can even be used to create a “lip flip”, and to slim out the face. A study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, found that Botox injections became the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure in 2020, with 4.4 million procedures performed in 2020 alone (Lopez, 2021). 

Botox, or botulinum toxin A, got its start with the treatment of strabismus, or crossed eyes. It was first used to paralyze or relax the muscle that caused the eye to be crossed and has gradually increased in use to treat wrinkles and fine lines along with a myriad of other problems; such as, migraines, facial spasms, nerve palsies, TMJ, etc. 

The most common concerns Botox is used for are forehead wrinkles, ‘11’ lines (angry face), and crow’s feet. It can also be used to treat the lip (“lip flip”), slim the face, erase neck bands, bunny lines (lines across the bridge of the nose), dimpled chin, brow lift, and gummy smiles (smiles with over exposure of the upper teeth and gums).

Take it from Emma Watson, Olivia WIlde, Brooke Shields, Sofia Vergara, Amanda Peet, etc. These celebrities have no shame in admitting to their Botox use (Editors, 202). And it shows…or does it? Botox is sometimes thought of as “freezing” the facial expressions, but it can be used in a very natural way while still preventing those dreaded wrinkles. 

It is very important that you receive Botox injections from a well trained and experienced health care professional in a sterile, well-equipped facility. Our Oculplastic doctors can provide a personalized consultation to address your concerns. Call us today to find out if Botox is right for you. We are now also offering the newest toxin technology, Jeuveau, as well. It is sometimes referred to as “j-tox”. 

 

For more information, check out the references below:

 

Boyd, K. (2022, April 20). Botulinum toxin (Botox) for facial wrinkles. American Academy of Ophthalmology. Retrieved May 12, 2022, from https://www.aao.org/eye-health/treatments/what-is-botox-facial-wrinkles

Editors, T. (2020, October 10). Celebrities who've been refreshingly candid about Botox. Marie Claire Magazine. Retrieved May 12, 2022, from https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/news/g4289/celebrities-who-have-spoken-about-botox

López, C. (2021, May 5). Demand for botox boomed during the pandemic. here's how to know if it's right for you. Insider. Retrieved May 12, 2022, from https://www.insider.com/what-is-botox-why-is-it-popular-cosmetic-procedure-wrinkles-2021-4#:~:text=The%20study%2C%20from%20the%20American,Dr.

Schiffer, J. (2021, April 8). How barely-there botox became the norm - The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2022, from https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/08/style/self-care-how-barely-there-botox-became-the-norm.html

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