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Wrinkles are inevitable. Throughout the years, our facial expressions turn into frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet. Once these become permanent lines, it is harder to minimize. As a lot of people associate Botox® as a treatment that older individuals get, it is important to know that you don’t have to wait until you develop deep wrinkles to receive Botox®. Getting Botox® even before your expression lines turn into permanent wrinkles can help your skin stay strong and allow you to dramatically slow down the aging process of your skin.

Preventative Botox® might be worth incorporating into your anti-aging regimen, as it helps decrease the development of wrinkles, as well as diminish wrinkles that have already formed. There is truly no “right” age to start receiving Botox®, as it is dependent on facial structure, skin type, genetics, and of course, personal preference. Some people begin to develop wrinkles in their 20s, while others are closer to 40 before they notice signs of aging.

By starting Botox® early, it helps prevent temporary expression lines from becoming permanent wrinkles. Botox® is a protein that freezes the facial muscles. The pain is minimal, and only a small amount is required. You can resume normal activities immediately, but the muscle must be used actively in the first 2 hours to maximize the effect. Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of these injections, but can easily be covered with makeup. Botox® is approved by the FDA as a safe and effective treatment for wrinkles and expression lines.

Botox® alone will not prevent your skin from aging— it is just another step in your anti-aging regimen. As it just relaxes the muscle, you want to continue to keep your skin healthy with a strategic skin care routine. Having a balance of moisturizers, retinols, sunscreens and antioxidants to maintain collagen production and skin strength is of top importance. Maintaining healthy skin will allow the Botox® treatment to work better and look even better.

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