Why I Started Botox in My 20's

Starting Botox early can prevent you from ever getting wrinkles.

I am 33 and have been getting Botox for the last six years. I’ll do the math for you — it means I got my first Botox injection at 27. I know many of you now think that I am crazy, but at 27, I had more wrinkles than my mother who was in her 50′s. I come from a long line (on my father’s side) of weathered Norsemen. My father has creases in his face that are a mile deep and a mile wide, and looking at myself  in the mirror, I saw the same thing happening to my face, and I wanted to stop if not at least slow down the process.

Did I really need Botox at 27? Maybe not, but one of the best ways to prevent wrinkles is to get Botox. Don’t believe me?  According to top doctors, including my own, Dr. Iacaruso, “Getting Botox before you really need it can actually help you avoid, or lessen the appearance of new wrinkles. This works by restricting facial movement. Sometimes, if you wait until you really need Botox, it can be too late.”

I choose to have no movement in my face at all, but for those that prefer a less frozen face, you can get smaller amounts of Botox for a more natural look. Of course, in addition to Botox, there are other ways to prevent wrinkles — “Do NOT smoke, limit sun exposure and wear sunscreen with zinc oxide daily.” Remember it is much easier to prevent wrinkles than to treat wrinkles!!

For me, Botox is painless, quick and well worth the investment. I am not saying that every 27-year-old should be getting Botox, but I do think that for me,  it  will prevent me from needing a facelift by the time I am 40!

According to Dr. Iacaruso, “There are two types of wrinkles: static and dynamic. Static wrinkles are caused by solar damage and the aging process. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by muscle movements. We move our facial muscles to make expressions like frowning and smiling. By lifting our eyebrows we create horizontal lines across our forehead which over time will become deeper and deeper. Neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport relax these muscles, thus preventing the wrinkle. Botox is a natural purified protein from the Clostridium Botulinum Bacterium and has been safely used for over 20 years.

The effect of Botox begins to be noticeable in a few days with improvement continuing up to two weeks and lasting up to four months. It can NOT be used in anyone who is pregnant, trying to get pregnant or is breast-feeding. Botox is injected into the individual muscle with a very fine needle, and the procedure takes only a few minutes with very little discomfort. It is advised not to rub the area, lie down or exercise for four hours after injection.

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Dr. Joseph J. Murphy September 05, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Melissa- Hate to leave any negative comments on such a nicely written blog, but encouraging young women to inject Botulinus toxin into their faces before the age of 30 when it is obviously not needed feeds into the whole "beauty is more important than health" paradigm. As a natural therapeutic doctor, I profoundly disagree with your plastic surgeon about the benefits of injecting toxins into young women. (As far s "needing" a facelift---kind of like "needing" a Ferrari. Is that a need or a desire?)


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