We usually talk about “plastic” surgery, but there’s certainly room on this blog for non surgical, non invasive procedures. Like Botox! Look, Botox is one of the most popular medical procedures on the planet, with millions of patients every year. It’s a huge procedure.
And lately we’ve been seeing stories about young people looking into Botox. Now, we want to make clear, you should certainly consult with your cosmetic surgeon before deciding how old is old enough to get a Botox injection. After all, there are certain age restrictions to getting Botox and your cosmetic surgeon will be quite familiar with them.
However, it’s worth noting that a bunch of Millennials are flocking towards Botox. At first, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Millennials are young—too young for wrinkles!
Botox Prevents Wrinkles?
That’s true. Millennials are cursed with being young and beautiful (for now—trust me, people, it will catch up with you). But I happen to think Millennials are actually being pretty smart about this.
Here’s why: Botox can actually help prevent wrinkles. Now, the jury (the scientific jury, that is) is still out on just how effectively this happens. But there seems to be a significant amount of evidence that suggests getting Botox injections before wrinkles form will actually stave off the formation of those wrinkles.
That kind of makes sense. Botox is making the muscle relax. So the more relaxed the muscle is, the less likely it is to end up forming that wrinkle (at least, as quickly as it otherwise would).
Is Preventing Wrinkles Worth It?
All of this begs the question: what’s so wrong with wrinkles that they require this much time and effort to eliminate? I mean, do you really need to start planning your wrinkle-fighting strategy while you’re in your late teens? Well, the truth is that wrinkles aren’t going to be all that bad for everyone. Just for some people!
And if you find yourself as one of those people that’s bothered by wrinkles, it can be cost effective to start combatting them sooner. After all, Botox tends to be much less expensive than, for example, a facelift procedure. So you can actually save yourself a significant amount of money by avoiding surgery (in this way, Millennials are being quite smart).
But there’s nothing inherently bad about wrinkles. In fact, many people find wrinkles to be quite attractive. They can distinguish you. They can help you look your age.
The people that find wrinkles most distressing are those that feel aged prematurely. And that can, understandably, be something of a bummer. If you’re only twenty and your face makes you feel thirty, that can be a downer, and it’s hard to fault people who want to address that.
That’s why, in general, plastic surgery tends to be a non-judgy arena. So if you’re thinking about Botox, talk to a plastic surgeon to see if Botox really is the best option for you. You never know when it might be a good time to start!