What is Preventive Botox?

You may have heard about Botox on TV shows, in movies, or from your friends. Botox is an injectable compound that is used to reduce wrinkling to give the face a younger, smoother appearance. Over recent years, it has become a popular way for both men and women to maintain a younger look. However, recently, a younger demographic has begun benefiting from the product’s ability to prevent facial wrinkling.

The Facts About Botox

Botox is a brand name of a compound called botulinum toxin A (clinical name Clostridium botulinum, OnabotulinumtoxinA). Botox has been used to reduce wrinkling for many years, but since the 2000s, use of the product has increased 40 percent due to its safety and effective results. Botox can effectively reduce the look of excessive lines and wrinkling on the forehead, under the nose, and around the eyes. Botox treatment will last from three to six months.

How Botox Works To Reduce Wrinkles

The botulinum toxin works by affecting the nerve signals that control the muscles in the face. The compound causes the muscles contract less frequently, and the skin surface in pulled and folded less often. As a result, the skin has a smoother, less deeply-lined appearance.

How Botox Can Be Used For Preventative Skin Care

The idea behind preventative Botox use is to reduce the movement of the facial muscles that lead to excessive wrinkling over time. In this way, muscles become trained to avoid the movement, and the skin’s surface remains smoother for a longer period of time, even when Botox is not repeatedly administered. Previously, women in their late 30s and 40s began Botox treatment to reduce wrinkling. Today, younger women are seeking to stop noticeable lines that are beginning to form to help maintain a young appearance for a longer period of time.

What To Expect During Botox Treatment

Botox injection is a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes in the doctor’s office. Your doctor will determine the best placement of the Botox for your needs. The patient’s skin is first cleaned with an antiseptic to prevent infection. Then, the doctor uses a very fine needle to inject the Botox compound under the skin in the pre-determined areas. There is minimal discomfort during the procedure, and you can continue your normal activities after treatment. Your doctor may ask you to discontinue aspirin or other over-the-counter medications, which may interfere with normal blood clotting. It is also important to avoid alcohol the day before your Botox treatment. Some bruising can occur at the site of injection.

Because wrinkling is a result of movements of the muscles under the skin, reducing that movement can help to prevent the damage that occurs on surface layers. Talk to your dermatologist about preventative Botox for preventing the common wrinkles that occur on the forehead, under the eyes and around the mouth.

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