Q: How young is too young for Botox? I think I need it, but I don’t want to look frozen. I’m scared of looking like a wax mummy!
I hear this question on a weekly basis, but as a beauty girl living in LA, I think I’m a little biased. (This is much to D.’s dismay, who clucks like I chicken when I come home after a fresh batch of treatments every six months or so. She says, “Be natural!” I say, “…and embrace the angry frown-line between my brows? Mais, non!” For a better perspective, I put the Botox Q to my docs at Profiles Beverly Hills, Dr. Jason Litner and Dr. Peyman Solieman. This week, Dr. Litner takes it:
“We are so glad to hear you say that! In
Injecting Botox is not rocket science. That’s why you can find someone to inject Botox on practically every street corner. But there’s an art to consistently (and safely) creating a natural un-frozen appearance that just makes you look and feel better. To achieve the look you want with finesse, you should see an experienced injector. Be honest with what you want…all too often patients come in saying they don’t want to be frozen only to complain a week later that they can still move their forehead.More and more women and men are seeking Botox and other non-surgical treatments at an earlier age. Most patients begin in their early 30’s. We occasionally see an actress in her 20’s who is trying to look younger for a particular role. Some patients also have hereditary early aging or a stubborn frown line that may benefit from Botox at a slightly younger age. (Note: like Jolie!)
There is also a lot of mythology surrounding Botox. You will not get addicted, though you may really like the look. Your wrinkles will not be worse than ever after it wears off…if anything, Botox can help prevent new and worsening wrinkles if you are fairly good about keeping up with it. If you think you need it, at whatever age, please be sure the doctor you discuss it with is experienced.” (So no Botox at the mall, please!)