How Young Is Too Young for Botox?
Botox is undeniably a handy and popular tool in the battle against wrinkles and crows feet among those whose years have caught up to them. Over 3 million people between the ages of 40-54 underwent the procedure in 2011.
But Botox is beginning to appeal to the younger crowd, too. In the same year, 86,000 Botox procedures were performed on people between the ages of 20 and 29. While that only accounted for two per cent of the non-surgical procedures among that age group in 2011 (versus 57 per cent in the 40-54 age group), that number is up ten per cent from the previous year.
While most people in their 40's and older seek Botox for maintenance of their wrinkles, the younger set are using it for prevention.
"The earlier you start getting Botox the less wrinkling you’ll get later in life," explained dermatologist Dr. Stephen Bracci. "The older you get, the more you’re doing it just to treat those wrinkles, the younger you are, the more you’re doing to prevent them from occurring."
Another popular reason for young people to receive Botox treatments is to enhance their features, such as arching their eyebrows.
Dispelling Some MythsCan Botox too early damage your muscles?
No. The age at which one starts receiving Botox has no adverse effects on one's facial skin or muscles (though it's not recommended for people under 18). In fact, younger skin will be more resilient and will get used to the effects of Botox more easily than older skin.Do younger people need less of the medication than older people?
In terms of how frequently the drug is administered, that is a purely case-by-case situation. In terms of actual dosage, there is no difference between a 20-year-old and a 50-year-old.
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