People generally think of Botox as a treatment for older people who already have clear and obvious wrinkles on their faces. Indeed, Botox works quite well to ease the appearance of these wrinkles. However, Botox is not just for older adults. Some patients in their 20s are beginning to get Botox shots. Should you start getting Botox this early? Well, there are some pros and cons to consider as you decide.
Pro: You could help stop some new static wrinkles from forming
There are two types of wrinkles that can form in your facial skin. Dynamic wrinkles are those that are obvious when you move your facial muscles. Static wrinkles are those that are visible even when you're not moving. Since it works by paralyzing the muscles beneath the skin, Botox is great at alleviating dynamic wrinkles. However, some patients find that if they start injecting Botox early, when they are still in their 20s, they can actually keep static wrinkles from forming — or at least slow the rate at which they form. In other words, when used early, Botox may work as a wrinkle preventative.
Con: Once you start getting injections, you need to keep getting them
You can stop Botox at any time without any serious health problems. However, once you start getting Botox shots, people get used to seeing you after this treatment. This makes most patients nervous to stop getting Botox. So, if you start in your 20s, make sure you're prepared to keep getting these shots long-term.
Pro: Getting Botox can help train you to move certain facial muscles less
Botox shots make you more aware of how you're moving your face. Over time, you'll get used to using the muscles that were injected less. This can lead to less wear and tear on your skin, again helping to prevent wrinkles from forming. If you start getting shots in your 20s, you can decrease the effects pretty dramatically.
Con: Botox shots can be expensive
Many people are still working their way into a career in their 20s. You may not have too much extra spending money just yet. Since Botox shots can cost a few hundred dollars, the cost is a drawback to consider here.
If you're thinking of getting Botox in your 20s, consider the pros and cons above before doing so. Also, talk to your dermatologist to see what their opinion is.