Preventative Botox is becoming exceedingly popular among Millennials, i.e. men and women born after 1980. It involves the use of injectable treatments to stop excessive facial muscle movements. As a result, preventative Botox treatments can reduce the risk of fine lines and wrinkles and other visible signs of aging in the face.
For people who are considering Botox, a clear understanding of the treatment is a must. Those who know how the treatment works can determine if it can deliver their desired facial rejuvenation results.
What Is Botox?
Botox is an FDA-approved medication used to treat a variety of issues. It first received FDA approval in 1989 for use in treating the eye disorders blepharospasm and strabismus in adults. To date, Botox has been FDA-approved for 11 therapeutic indications.
Over the years, Botox has been increasingly used as a cosmetic facial rejuvenation treatment. It can soften facial lines and wrinkles. And, it can correct crow’s feet, frown lines, and other blemishes that can otherwise damage an individual’s facial appearance. It can even be used to treat neck wrinkles.
The results of Botox are temporary. A typical treatment delivers results that last up to six months. Ultimately, patients can undergo periodic treatment sessions to get the best results out of Botox.
What Is Preventative Botox?
Botox has been used to treat facial blemishes that range from mild to severe. Now, preventative Botox allows people to treat faint lines in the face before they develop into deep wrinkles.
People in their 20s and 30s can get preventative Botox injections. The effectiveness of these injections vary. Regardless, the injections may help young patients treat minor facial blemishes before they cause long-lasting damage.
Is Preventative Botox Considered a Cosmetic Surgery?
Botox is a cosmetic procedure that does require the use of a scalpel or stitches. The procedure requires the use of injections into different areas of the face. These injections can be used to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles and other blemishes.
Is Botox Actually Preventative?
With preventative Botox treatments, people in their 20s and 30s can take a proactive approach to stop wrinkles and other facial blemishes before they develop. Yet, Botox – like most facial rejuvenation treatments – offers no guarantees. Even if Millennials receive regular Botox injections, they may still be susceptible to crow’s feet, frown lines, and other facial blemishes.
How Does Botox Prevent Wrinkles?
Botox is derived from the onabotulinumtoxinA toxin, which restricts muscle movement. It blocks various chemical signals that cause muscles to contract. In doing so, the injectable temporarily relaxes facial muscle movement.
With Botox, patients can receive injections into the forehead and around the eyes. Botox injections can limit muscle movement in these treatment areas. As such, the injections can reduce the appearance of wrinkles or prevent them from forming.
How Popular Is Botox?
Botox ranked first among cosmetic medically invasive procedures performed in the United States in 2020, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. More than 4.4 million Botox procedures were administered during this time frame. With preventative Botox on the rise, the number of people to receive Botox treatments may continue to increase in the years to come, too.
Why Is Botox So Popular?
There are many reasons why Botox is a top cosmetic procedure, including:
- Proven Results: The treatment is clinically proven to treat facial wrinkles.
- No Surgery Required: Since the treatment involves the use of injections, patients don’t have to go under the knife.
- Fast Treatment: A treatment can be administered in only minutes.
- No Downtime: Patients won’t have to worry about downtime after injections; instead, they can resume their normal activities immediately following treatment.
Perhaps it is easy to understand why Botox popularity continues to rise. However, those who are considering preventative Botox must consider all of their facial rejuvenation treatment options closely. This ensures that people can determine if Botox or other treatment options can help them accomplish their facial rejuvenation goals.
How Much Does Preventative Botox Cost?
The cost of preventative Botox depends on the amount of Botox injected into different areas of the face, where the treatment is performed, and other factors. It is not covered by insurance, since the treatment is considered a cosmetic procedure.
What Preventative Botox Alternatives Are Available?
Botox is one of several non-surgical treatment options available to help people combat facial wrinkles. Along with Botox, other non-surgical cosmetic treatment options for facial wrinkles include:
- Juvederm: The Juvederm family of dermal fillers consists of gel-like injectables that have a high concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Juvederm can help people correct facial wrinkles, nasolabial folds, and volume loss.
- Microneedling: During a microneedling procedure, tiny needles are inserted into a patient’s face. These needles stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin in the skin and rejuvenate its appearance.
- Laser Skin Resurfacing: DOT Deka laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat facial wrinkles, scars, and other blemishes.
For people who want to reduce facial wrinkles for an extended period of time, facelift surgery can be ideal. Unlike Botox or other minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, a facelift can deliver facial rejuvenation results that remain intact for many years.
Is Preventative Botox Right for Me?
There is no shortage of treatment options to people who want to reduce or prevent facial wrinkles. It helps to examine these options, weigh their pros and cons, and consider all factors relating to treatment. This allows people to determine which treatment option can deliver the optimal results.
For those who are considering treatments to correct facial flaws, it is important to work with an expert facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Together, the surgeon and their patient can develop a safe, effective plan to address facial blemishes both now and in the future. Perhaps best of all, the surgeon can tailor a treatment plan to their patient, so he or she can achieve the optimal results.
Why Should You Choose Dr. Azizzadeh for Preventative Botox in Los Angeles?
Although preventative Botox is generating interest from many Millennials, it won’t necessarily help all individuals combat the visible signs of aging in the face. In some instances, individuals can benefit from Botox treatments to address facial blemishes. Or, in other cases, a combination of Botox and other non-surgical or surgical facial rejuvenation treatments can be ideal.
At the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh takes a personalized approach to facial rejuvenation. Dr. Azizzadeh’s goal is to help a patient achieve a balanced, natural-looking, and youthful facial appearance. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Azizzadeh works closely with a patient, develops a custom treatment plan, and implements this strategy over time. That way, Dr. Azizzadeh helps his patient limit the risk of facial blemishes that otherwise affect their facial appearance long into the future.
Thanks to Dr. Azizzadeh, an individual can determine if Botox is the right choice based on their facial rejuvenation treatment goals. Dr. Azizzadeh first meets with a patient and performs a comprehensive evaluation prior to administering treatment. He learns about a patient, understands their treatment goals, and plans accordingly. By doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh enables a patient to receive a personalized facial rejuvenation treatment.
If Dr. Azizzadeh determines Botox is the best course of action for a patient, he will next explain how the treatment works. Dr. Azizzadeh describes what a patient should expect during a typical treatment session, how long a session takes to complete, and when he or she will start to see the results of treatment. He responds to his patient’s concerns and questions to help him or her make an informed treatment decision, too.
Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh offers post-treatment guidelines to Botox patients. The side effects of treatment vary based on the patient and can last up to one week following a procedure. Common side effects include:
- Stinging: Can occur at the injection site for about 10 to 15 minutes after treatment.
- Swelling: Can occur at the injection site and linger for a few days after treatment.
- Redness: Can occur at the injection site; generally, makeup can be applied to minimize redness after treatment.
Dr. Azizzadeh also provides skin care tips to Botox patients. He recommends patients avoid excess sun exposure and heat until any swelling or redness disappears. Dr. Azizzadeh requests Botox patients apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more before going outside after treatment as well. With these skin care measures, a patient can increase the likelihood of achieving the best-possible treatment results.
Schedule a Preventative Botox Treatment Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh
Preventative Botox can be beneficial. But, it is paramount to evaluate Botox in relation to other facial rejuvenation treatment options. This allows a patient to determine which treatment is the best option to correct fine lines and wrinkles and other visible signs of aging in the face.
When it comes to facial rejuvenation treatments, it is always a good idea to work with an expert facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Fortunately, Dr. Azizzadeh is available to provide each of his patients with a personalized facial rejuvenation treatment.
To find out more about preventative Botox and other facial rejuvenation treatment options, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203 to schedule an in-person or virtual consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh.