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Why You Should Consider Having Botox in Your 20s

While Botox has traditionally been used to treat wrinkles that have already formed, in recent years, patients in their 20s and 30s are using it as a tool for prevention of fine lines. 

While traditionally, Botox is most commonly associated with middle-aged people looking to turn back the clock, there is a growing trend amongst the millennials (patients in their 20s and 30s) who are using this cosmetic treatment to fight off the signs of ageing before they even show up.

Our customized Botox treatments are primarily used on dynamic wrinkles such as:

  • crow’s feet
  • lines around the side of your mouth
  • horizontal lines across the forehead
  • wrinkles on the side of your nose

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What is the Right Age to Start Preventative Botox?

While typically, Botox has been viewed as a treatment suitable for patients in their 40s or above, more and more millenials are turning to the power of this cosmetic procedure to enhance their appearance.

Botox has been approved by the FDA for adults between the ages of 18-65 but the age at which you begin the treatment will depend on many factors, including your:

  • skin type
  • race
  • level of sun exposure
  • genetics
  • lifestyle
  • facial mobility

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Because of all these determining factors, it’s important to seek a consultation with a plastic surgeon to decide when it’s right for you to begin your Botox treatment. You should visit your local surgeon when you begin noticing signs of line etching, which can range from late 20s to early 30s in most patients.

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Benefits of Preventative Botox

Patients who seek preventative Botox treatments may enjoy more benefits than those who use the treatment as a corrective procedure. Aside from smoothing facial wrinkles in the forehead, between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet, Botox can also be used to improve:

  • facial symmetry
  • arching of the eyebrows
  • the resting position of a scowling
  • a gummy smile

Also, by injecting Botox at the first sign of ageing, the muscles are paralyzed from contraction, thereby preventing deep-set wrinkles from forming.

REMEMBER: The correct amount of units of Botox administered by a licensed professional can soften facial wrinkles while still allowing for slight movement for more natural facial expressions.


Side Effects of Botox Treatment

As with any cosmetic procedure, Botox patients must consider the risks involved with this type of injectable treatment. Many of these side effects are temporary and will resolve within 7-14 days. These include:

  • pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site
  • headache or flu-like symptoms
  • droopy eyelid
  • crooked smile
  • eye dryness or excessive tearing

NOTE: If any of these side effects worsen or fail to resolve, it’s important to speak to your surgeon immediately.

Maintaining Your Botox Treatment

While Botox is very effective in temporarily blocking the signals from the nerves to the muscles, and eliminating signs of ageing, patients can expect to repeat treatments every 3-4 months. This frequency typically depends on each individual and the rate at which the product will break down in the body.


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Preventative Botox can aid in helping patients feel younger and slow down the ageing process. Though patients as early as their 20s use it as a precautionary measure, it’s important to combine such procedures with a healthy lifestyle and proper skin care.

To find out more about the costs and benefits of our Botox treatments, contact Dr. Ladak at 780-407-6691 or fill in our online contact form.

Dr. Adil Ladak is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Edmonton, Alberta and specializes in a variety of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures.

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