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Young adults in and near Jacksonville consider Botox, Dysport and Xeomin for prevention of wrinkles

In April 2002 the American public gained access to an incredibly convenient and effective FDA-approved rejuvenation option – Botox for cosmetic use. Since that time millions of procedures have been performed to smooth moderate to severe glabellar lines (“elevens” between the eyes) and lateral canthal lines or crow’s feet. Today, however, appearance savvy young adults in and near Jacksonville are considering Botox, Dysport and Xeomin to keep wrinkles from forming in the first place. Dr. Mary Pentel of Southside Dermatology & Laser Center at Southside Dermatology explains.

How wrinkles form

Some wrinkles are a natural result of lost volume and reduced collagen production as the body ages. Others are triggered by sun exposure. Many facial wrinkles, though, are the result of repeated facial expressions. Foundation muscles fold skin into creases over and over again each day. The temporary lines that form on the face of a young adult (late teens or early twenties) when smiling, frowning, or squinting are a reliable indication of where more permanent wrinkles will develop later.

Botox intervention

Botox is a purified protein. It is injected just beneath the skin into precise points on the face. Botox is a neuromodulator, which means that it interrupts signals from nerves that instruct muscles to contract. In the hands of a trained, experienced medical injector, Botox doesn’t freeze the face or look artificial. It simply allows muscles to remain relaxed, smoothing skin’s groundwork. There is essentially no downtime following an injection session. Most patients see change within a few days, and continued improvement for up to a month. Results last about four months.

The right age to start Botox

Most patients start Botox in their 40s or 50s, when wrinkles are already firmly established. With on-going treatment, Botox is effective in improving the appearance of wrinkles for this age group. A growing number of younger women and men are asking, “Why wait until I have wrinkles, and then try to fix them? Why not prevent signs of aging by starting Botox therapy now?”

It makes a lot of sense. Dr. Pentel isn’t advocating neuromdulators for teens or very young adults. However, beginning injections before forehead lines, crow’s feet, and other muscle-induced wrinkles become etched allows patients to maintain youthfully smooth skin, instead of chasing a remedy for wrinkles.

What is the right age to start Botox, Dysport or Xeomin and begin preventing wrinkles? Because your face, physiology, and lifestyle are unique so is the answer to that question. Dr. Pentel starts with a consultation to determine your concerns and goals, and develops an individualized treatment plan that makes sense for you. Call 904-880-0622 for an appointment.


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