Does the idea of preserving one’s beauty as long as possible and avoiding the aging process seem like a fleeting dream? It doesn’t have to be! BYRDIE is here to tell us how preventative Botox is changing how we can stop fine lines and wrinkles from forming in the first place – instead of trying to remedy them retroactively. The idea is that using Botox before we see signs of aging not only can prevent deep lines from making an impression on our faces, but is more effective in the long-term, saving us money on future visits to our plastic surgeon for injections.
Who is then the best candidate for preventative Botox and when is the best age to receive this treatment for the most benefits? The answer is very individual and can depend on genetics, skin type, etc. and can range from those in their 20’s and up to someone in 40’s to start injections. However, “preventative Botox is not for everyone,” explains Dr. Vasyukevich. “People with strong, overactive muscles of facial expression (i.e., people with ‘expressive’ faces) are the ones that would benefit the most from this type of injection. These patients would have a nearly smooth forehead at rest, but very deep lines when asked to raise the eyebrows or frown.”
Ultimately, while the “fountain of youth” may be just a Botox injection away, trying to stop aging in its tracks is a commitment and will require keeping up with preventative treatments for best results. While “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and some of us are comfortable with letting our natural expression lines show, we now also have the option to change what bothers us and even prevent it altogether – if we choose.
You can read the full article in BYRDIE. If you would like to know more about preventative Botox and if it would be beneficial for you, we would be happy to see you for a consultation. Please call our Manhattan-based practice if you have interest in facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedures with New York’s top facial plastic surgeon and facelift expert, Konstantin Vasyukevich, MD.