Have you heard the phrase “prejuvenation?” It’s a concept that’s become popular in the aesthetic field that describes taking thoughtful steps to delay the onset of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. For example, we’re seeing younger med spa patients coming from throughout the Atlanta area to get “preventative” BOTOX injections at our Buckhead practice.
What Is Prejuvenation?
Imagine looking in the mirror without seeing those annoying crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes or the furrowed “11s” just above the bridge of the nose? Instead of waiting to treat them, what if you could prevent them from developing in the first place? That’s the role of preventative BOTOX, one of several “tweakments” now available to patients in their 20s and early 30s who want to maintain their youthful appearance.
Chemical peels, microneedling, and other nonsurgical procedures can all help skin retain its elasticity before wrinkles develop by stimulating the production of collagen. Prejuvenation isn’t a completely new idea—daily skincare regimens, applying sunscreen, and wearing wide-brimmed hats are also ways to keep skin looking youthful.
How Does Preventative BOTOX Work?
BOTOX, Dysport®, and XEOMIN® belong to a category of drugs called neurotoxins. They work by immobilizing the tiny facial muscles used when we squint, smile, frown, and otherwise change our expressions. Relaxing these muscles in patients who have already noticed these “dynamic wrinkles” reduces the lines and smooths their skin.
Preventative BOTOX works in much the same way, but injectors use smaller doses (which is why the treatment is sometimes called “baby BOTOX”). By preventing muscles from contracting using BOTOX injections—without creating a “frozen” appearance—the skin creasing that leads to wrinkles doesn’t occur. You can see the results of BOTOX injections for yourself in our gallery of before-and-after photos.
When Is the Right Time to Start BOTOX?
If the goal is prevention, does that mean the sooner the better for getting BOTOX injections? Not necessarily. It’s best to start when you notice the first fine lines emerge, such as frown lines, crow’s feet, or lines around the mouth. Starting injections at that time effectively prevents deeper folds from developing.
BOTOX is approved by the FDA for use on patients 18 and older, but few people younger than 25 have any noticeable wrinkles. Preventative BOTOX patients are typically in their late 20s and early 30s.
Some patients decide to schedule other med spa treatments along with BOTOX injections, especially procedures such as lip injections to create fuller lips. Other popular skincare procedures include facials that exfoliate and nourish the skin in a way that you can’t replicate at home.
Ready to Start?
If you’ve noticed a few lines starting to develop and want to maintain a youthful, refreshed appearance with BOTOX injections at our med spa in Buckhead, contact us using the online form to request a consultation. Or call our office at (404) 233-3937 to schedule an appointment.