Botox: Is Prejuvenation > Rejuvenation?

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There is a global trend in using Botox as prevention rather than cure with first-time patients seeking the wrinkle-reduction treatment in their 20’s rather than waiting till their 40’s to go under the needle.  But where is the line?  Or is that the point?  There should never be a “line”…?

Botox has been extensively studied and trialled and all the evidence suggests that there are in fact NO long term adverse effects from using Botox (if administered by a registered doctor).  Comparing this to other drugs that young people are legally allowed to use may miss the mark, but in reality should we be asking ourselves if we would rather have our adult children using Botox than using cigarettes?

Of course, since Botox is a treatment that requires the patient to consent to its administration, no patient under the age of 18 should be able to use Botox for cosmetic purposes.  So then should we allow 18 year olds to freeze their faces in an attempt to achieve “prejuvenation”?  This question can perhaps be likened to the question of whether an 18 year old should be allowed to get breast implants.  The answer to that question is yes, she should.

It would certainly be rare to find an 18 year old seeking Botox, but based on the patients individual concerns the treatment may be completely warranted.  A patient in their mid twenties, depending on their skin tone, genetics, geographical location and habits may certainly benefit from Botox to prevent permanent wrinkling and there has been a shift in the demographic of first time Botox users to include patients in their mid- to late 20’s where previously first-time users were typically in their late 30’s to early 40’s.  The reason for this is that as the age old adage goes: prevention is better than cure.  If you are fair-skinned, fair-haired, blue-eyed, prone to freckling, live in sunny South Africa and are a smoker you are sure to have noted your first wrinkles that lingered after the expression created them was gone in your 20’s.  Why wait for these wrinkles to become so deeply entrenched that you need a filler and laser skin resurfacing in combination with Botox to erase them?  If you never form deep wrinkles you will never have to treat them and by using Botox earlier you are ensuring that more drastic measures later on are not necessary.

The decision to use Botox is as always entirely personal.  In the hands of a trained and registered doctor Botox is one of the safest treatments available, and can even be given in very low doses for younger patients.  The idea of “prejuvenation” is only gathering speed and the number of Botox converts in their 20s is growing daily.  We all make choices about how we age, and if you have chosen to use SPF 50 and nothing else in your plight to stay young then more power to you, but don’t be shocked when you hear 20-somethings discussing how many units they get!

To find out more about Botox, or to make a booking give us a call on (021) 6833048 ext 1, send us an email on info@capeaesthetics.co.za, or visit the CapeAesthetics website.

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