Can I use Botox® to prevent wrinkles?

I am asked this question so often and there are variable ideas on this topic.  Some injectors feel there is no reason to treat a problem if it doesn’t exist. However, Botox® can in fact prevent wrinkles.  Wrinkles between the brows and forehead as well as crow’s feet are caused by the muscles in those areas “folding” the skin into a wrinkle with facial expressions.  Botox® stops or decreases this folding and therefore prevents the wrinkle from ever gaining any ground. Younger patients looking to prevent wrinkles are likely to need less Botox® with each treatment and need it less often. Strategic and conservative treatment is necessary to prevent an abnormally “frozen” or expressionless face.  The correct dose and how often you receive it can vary and should be discussed with Dandelion Medical Aesthetics’ nurse practitioner before treatment.

When wrinkles are already present, Botox® can prevent it from getting worse and even reverse the depth of the wrinkle but more frequent treatments with higher doses may be necessary. Severe wrinkles and folds, especially those that are present when the face is relaxed and not moving are very difficult to treat and often require more than just Botox® to improve the severity of the wrinkle.  This is often the concern of patients in their 50 or 60s. Getting Botox® started in your 20 or 30s may prevent these “set in” severe wrinkles from ever taking hold in the face.

Additionally, you can prevent wrinkles by including healthy habits into your daily routine.  Eating a healthy diet including a variety of fruits and vegetables, drinking two liters of water each day, regular exercise and other skin treatments like microdermabrasion, chemical peels, microneedling at regular intervals all help the skin keep its youthful appearance.  Daily use of sunscreen and a quality skin care system (including a cleanser, antioxidant serum, retinol, and cleanser specific to your skin type) are imperative your overall skin health and appearance. Questions on what is best for your skin or if Botox® is an option for you?  Contact our nurse practitioner for a consultation.