With so many men and women on TV who look perfect at any age, it’s no wonder we’ve seen a major trend in cosmetic treatments like injectables and fillers. An estimated 7 million injection procedures were performed in 2016 alone, and this number is only on the rise. The rise in this number also introduces something we haven’t seen in the past: people are starting to get treatments younger and younger.
What’s with the hype behind “preventative” cosmetic treatments, and are they really preventing anything at all? While it was always common to spot injectables and fillers in LA, we’re starting to see these around the country as another reality for young men and women alike. Let’s dive into the science to get to the bottom if this question once and for all. Are these treatments really worth it?
What’s sparking this push towards cosmetic treatments at a younger age? The most obvious is the rise of stars like the Kardashians and other socialites who use things like lip fillers and botox to keep their faces looking plump and youthful. Beyond filters and injections, many young people are opting for medical facials like Microdermabrasion which also help plump the face.
Patients have to return regularly these treatments to keep looking their best, but that’s just part of the lifestyle. While not everyone commits to these procedures just to look like a Kardashian, others are opting to get things like Botox early to help prevent the creation of fine lines and wrinkles in the first place. This might sound like a bunch of myths started by the very companies that profit off of these procedures, but science might actually be in their favor.
Sooner Rather Than Later
In the past, women didn’t consider things like Botox until their 40s and 50s. This was a way to eliminate those signs of aging that we know all too well. While effective, these treatments need to be continued every 6 – 12 months to maintain the effects. However, today’s men and women are starting earlier. As early as 20, to be exact.
When’s the right age to start treatment? As expected, this depends on your skin. Most young people have fine lines that go away as soon as they rest their face. When these start to stick around (which can happen as young as 20 years old!), that’s when these treatments are most effective. By preventing these fine lines from creasing and affecting the face in the first place, you can prevent the signs of aging as you become older.
Because Botox and other injectables work by relaxing the muscles, all the overlying skin is relaxed as well. Believe it or not, this means those stubborn wrinkles won’t have a chance to appear in the first place. If you’re prone to an expressive face, odds are you’re also prone to fine lines, and you might be a good candidate for early treatment.
Some people are naturally more prone to wrinkles in the face. This has a lot to do with genetics and our parents, so many patients are able to recognize when a familiar problem is taking form. The reality is that for many patients, these small doses of Botox can actually be beneficial in preventing future signs of aging.
While there are some risks of over-injecting and losing strength in facial muscles, these are minimal. There are very low reporting of side effects associated with these cosmetic procedures, and they’re deemed safe to be used by all ages. Most dermatologists and professionals recommend under-dosing the younger patients as a way to keep muscles healthy and active.
Too much aggressive treatment too early can look unnatural, and it can have the opposite effect of aging the face. However, as long as you visit a doctor who knows how to work with your unique face and features, you should be confident you’re getting a safe dosage that won’t lead to any negative effects.
While it might sound strange that so many young people are choosing to start these cosmetic treatments as early as in their 20s and 30s, science is on their side. Preventing the formation of these harsh lines in the first place will go a long way towards helping skin look healthy and young.
Ultimately, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to your skin. You need to make sure you’re sticking to a healthy diet and skin care routine first and foremost, but working with a dermatologist or medical professional to talk about preventative treatments is also a good step.