Botox for 20 Year Olds?
July 7, 2012 - By Dr. Jules Feledy
Botox is a great tool in the fight against unsightly wrinkles. Over 3 million people between the ages of 40-54 underwent Botox last year in order to be done with crows feet and furrowed brows. But Botox is finding a new niche among the younger crowd.
In the same year, 86,000 Botox procedures were performed on people between the ages of 20 and 29. While that only accounted for two per cent of the non-surgical procedures among that age group in 2011 (versus 57 per cent in the 40-54 age group), that number is up ten per cent from the previous year.
Botox Benefits For Younger Patients
While most people in their 40’s and older seek Botox for maintenance of their wrinkles, the younger set are using it for prevention.
“The earlier you start getting Botox the less wrinkling you’ll get later in life,” explained dermatologist Dr. Stephen Bracci.
“The older you get, the more you’re doing it just to treat those wrinkles, the younger you are, the more you’re doing to prevent them from occurring.”
Another popular reason for young people to receive Botox treatments is to enhance their features, such as arching their eyebrows.
Dispelling Some Botox Myths
Can Getting Botox too early damage your muscles?
No. The age at which one starts receiving Botox has no adverse effects on one’s facial skin or muscles (though it’s not recommended for people under 18). In fact, younger skin will be more resilient and will get used to the effects of Botox more easily than older tissue.
Do younger people need less Botox than older people?
How often Botox needs to be administered is a purely case-by-case situation. In terms of actual dosage size, there is no difference between someone in their 20s or in their 50s.
If you’re interested in Botox, whether you’re just graduating from college, attend your 20-year class reunion, or just throwing a party, feel free to seek a consultation with Dr. Jules Feledy, our board certified plastic surgeon.