Updated 11/1/15. Frown lines, forehead furrows, and lines around the eyes are due to the repetitive folding of the skin from facial expressions. The more you move the muscles, the more quickly lines and wrinkles will form. Because of this, a common question I’m asked is, “It it helpful for me to get Botox to help prevent lines and wrinkles from forming or getting worse?”
My answer is yes and no.
You are someone who ‘talks with your face.’ People who are very expressive when they talk and are moving their face all over the place, should consider BOTOX® Cosmetic; because by the time they are in their mid to late 30’s, when visible wrinkles are really starting to appear, they will look much older than others their age. Again, this is because of the wear and tear and breakdown of collagen and elasticity within the skin from continuous daily facial movements.
You look at other people and friends and you have far more wrinkles and furrows than others your age. Not only could this indicate that you are a face talker but also certain people (due to their heritage) have bigger facial muscles in their skin naturally. The forehead is a perfect example of this. Generally, medium to darker skin tones (Latins, Hispanics, African Americans, and Europeans) will have stronger and larger muscles in their forehead whereas fair skin tones (Irish, Scandinavian, or Scottish) don’t have as much. When you have larger muscles in the forehead with continuous movement, you are essentially making those muscles stronger, allowing for deeper visible creases faster. The more you move the muscles, the more wrinkles will form.
You are in your 20’s and are starting to see fine lines appear around the eyes. Fine lines are much more superficial than wrinkles and don’t always respond well to Botox. In addition, fines lines are a fact of life and will start to show around the eyes usually between ages of 28-30, so this is considered normal and it’s healthy to embrace them, not be terrified of them. I do recommend using a well-formulated eye cream like Vitamin C Eye Brightener or Total Eye Repair Cream to keep this delicate area nourished and protected.
You are someone who thinks a flawless face is an entirely wrinkle-free face. A quest for absolutely no wrinkles can result in an unnatural (or scary or comical) appearance over time.
In summary, Botox can be effectively used as a preventative measure to reduce the muscular contraction and therefore slow down the wear and tear that leads to premature wrinkles. It will reduce wrinkles caused from muscular contraction, but does not prevent wrinkles present from sun damage. So wearing a sunscreen moisturizer formulated for your skin type daily is very important. Also, generally a person should get Botox when their wrinkles show AT REST. Meaning, Botox doesn’t work well for ones that only show when making a particular facial expression, like smiling.
I do have mixed feelings about Botox, however. I think more and more people are seeing it as a viable anti-aging solution for their skin. But I believe people really miss the boat when it comes to beautiful, youthful-looking skin. I think beautiful skin is about having an even skin tone with the fewest blemishes, clogged pores, and smallest pore size possible; along with a smooth texture. NOT a skin completely free of all lines and wrinkles. Botox, while it will prevent and soften the appearance of wrinkles, it will not prevent crinkly, wrinkled skin from sun damage. Having leathery, sun-damaged skin will not look any better with a frozen forehead free of wrinkles.
Improving the appearance of the skin by focusing on its overall texture, brightness, and clarity is often overlooked. The way to achieve this is with long term use of a well-formulated product with Retinol, or a prescription retinoid, if your skin can tolerate it. For sensitive skin types, I highly recommend Advanced Resurfacing Serum used at night about five times a week. Using a Retinol product to resurface the skin is not immediate gratification like Botox is, but rather a long term investment in truly changing the overall texture of your skin. Over time, the skin will look younger and smoother and will continue to do so throughout the years. In my opinion, I believe topical vitamin A (Retinol) is truly the fountain of youth and highly encourage you to use vitamin A on your skin in your evening routine. With continued use, you’ll love the look of your skin. Also, the addition of regular professional chemical peels performed by a trusted and experienced esthetician and at-home peels like the Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel will achieve this. Be good to your skin. After all, you’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life.
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