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23May/13Off

Should 20 Somethings Have Botox?

Recently there's been a lot of noise about younger people choosing to have Botox Cosmetic and whether or not this is a good thing for them to do at this young age. The mindset that these 20 something year old's are taking is that they want to prevent wrinkles before they happen and they feel that Botox is something that can help them in the fight against aging.

And if you're not familiar with Botox, where have you been!  It's a neurotoxin that is injected into wrinkles, and/or little folds in the face that relaxes the surrounding muscles and nerve endings causing the wrinkles to smooth out.  It's become a beauty secret among many women across the world today.  Actually, I shouldn't leave the men out as many men are now choosing this simple treatment to get rid of unwanted facial wrinkles.

The Media's Spin On 20 Somethings Having Botox

The media has chosen to highlight 2 main issues; safety and effectivness of having the treatment at 20 something versus having it later in life to treat existing wrinkles or problem areas.  The main story goes on to say that of the 6.1 million Botox injections performed in 2012 almost 100,000 of those injections were for patients in their 20's which represents about a 10% increase from the previous reporting period.

A dermatologist is quoted as saying, "the younger you start the younger looking you will stay."  Which I'm quite sure not all dermatologists will agree with.

Should 20 Something Year Old's Start Botox Treatments Before They Begin To Age?

There's been no real definitive conclusions on this, some have started as early as 18 but many dermatologists say they refuse to inject anyone under age 30.  It's really a personal decision between you and your doctor that you'll need to make if you're considering it and you're in your 20's (or even younger).  More information on the ABC new story here.

22May/13Off

Botox Cosmetic – Is it Right For You?

Only you and a qualified doctor can determine if it's right for you, and if you're looking for  Botox Cosmetic in the Manhattan beach area this blog post will provide some very relevant information for  you.  First, let's talk about what Botox is and how you go about having the procedure done.

First and foremost just be aware that it involves injection of Botox directly into the skin, so if you're squeamish about needles or shots you'll want to know that up front.  It's the price of beauty, right?  Overall, the goal is to reduce the visible signs of aging, specifically to treat wrinkles, fine lines and crow's feet. I recommend this procedure to patients who want younger, more vibrant skin. Botox is a great alternative to other cosmetic treatments because it does not require general anesthesia or cutting.

Who Is A Good Candidate for Botox?

The ideal candidate for Botox cosmetic is someone who is between the age of 18 and 65. Interested candidates should also be in good physical and mental health. Additionally, people who want to get Botox cosmetic should have realistic expectations.  It is important to note that Botox is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.  I always perform a thorough evaluation on my patients to make sure that they are good candidates for Botox.

How Long Do The Results of Botox Last?

For most patients, the results of Botox will last anywhere from four to six months. However, it is important to note that individual results can vary. Patients will have to periodically get Botox injections if they want to maintain the results.

What Are Some of The Potential Side Effects of Botox?

Botox is a very safe procedure, and the vast majority of my patients do not have any problems with it. Temporary bruising is one of the most common side effects, but it will usually subside with two weeks. Eyelid drooping, headache and allergic reaction are other potential side effects, but those are extremely rare.

How Do I Prepare To Get Botox?

Patients who consume alcohol should avoid drinking for at least one week prior to their procedure. I also recommend that patients avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications at least two weeks prior to their procedure. Anti-inflammatory medications have been shown to increase the risk of bleeding.

Is Botox Painful?

Patients may experience discomfort during this procedure, but it is usually brief and minimal.  If the patient is concerned about the discomfort, then I will numb the area with a topical anesthetic or cold pack prior to administering the injections.

How Long Does This Procedure Take?

The entire Botox procedure can be completed in about 10 minutes. In fact, many of my patients come in my office during their lunch break, get the procedure done, and then go right back to work. There is no downtime necessary.