Everything You Need to Know About Preventative Botox

Written by Swathi E , Certified Skin Care Coach

You might have heard of botox – a popular way to minimize the appearance of deep wrinkles and folds. However, most of us do not wait for the lines to deepen and take preventative botox injections during the initial stages. Preventative botox is extremely popular among younger adults in their mid-20s, especially those with expressive faces. This article discusses everything you need to know about preventative botox treatment, its benefits, safety issues, and cost. Keep reading!

What Is Preventative Botox?

Preventative botox is a facial injection that prevents fine lines from developing into deep wrinkles. It is a non-invasive aesthetic procedure preferred by the youth to stop the wrinkles during the initial stage – when they are faint fine lines. Botox does not treat wrinkles and fine lines but makes them disappear for a while. In the following sections, we have answered common questions related to preventative botox.

How Does Preventative Botox Work?

Botox is a neuromodulator that blocks nerve signals to reduce muscle activity. When injected, the toxin blocks certain nerve signals that contract the muscles. As a result, the muscles are paralyzed, smoothening the folds and wrinkles (1). When you inject botox before wrinkle formation, it prevents muscle movement in the injected area, and you can keep them from deepening.

When To Start Preventative Botox?

The mid to late 20s and early 30s are the best age to go for preventative botox. This is the time when the skin starts showing signs of aging. You may notice frown lines and wrinkles around your eyes, near the mouth, between your eyebrows, or on your forehead. However, consult a doctor before opting for preventative botox.

What To Expect From Your First Session?

After the first session, you may notice

  • Slight bruising
  • Redness
  • Bumps at the injection site

However, they are temporary and disappear within a few days. You will see the results after four days as the toxin takes some time to relax the muscles. You will see the maximum effect after the first week, which may last for 3-4 months (may vary from person to person) (1). You may have to go for multiple sessions to maintain a smooth appearance.

Things To Know Before Your Treatment

Preventative botox cannot help with all types of wrinkles. It works only for improving (2):

  • Crow’s feet
  • Glabellar frown lines (lines between the eyebrows)
  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Wrinkles around the mouth, chin, and neck

It may also help lift your eyebrows and improve overall skin quality. Botox can also improve the appearance of the jawline and raise the angles of the mouth. However, these areas have a greater risk of deformities like uneven jawline and crooked smile. Always consult an experienced dermatologist who is skilled in facial anatomy.

A standard dose for botox is 20 units, and the dermatologist may administer the doses as per the depth of the wrinkles or area you want to cover (1).

Preventative Botox: Pre and Post Treatment Care

Before Treatment:

  • Avoid blood thinners and anti-inflammatory medicines at least two weeks before the treatment to reduce swelling or bruising after botox.
  • Consume a healthy and nourishing breakfast before your session.
  • Drink enough water to reduce the chances of lightheadedness during botox.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before botox as it increases the chances of bruising.

Do not undergo the treatment if you have a cold sore or active acne breakouts.

After Treatment:

  • Wait at least 24 hours before resuming strenuous physical activity or exercises. It may increase blood flow and spread the toxin to unintended areas.
  • Do not touch your face or the injected area. It may cause bruising and spread the toxin.
  • Avoid facial treatments, skin care routines, and makeup for 24 hours.
  • Do not lie down immediately after the session to avoid the chances of accidentally rubbing the area.
  • Avoid sleeping on your face or sides to avoid physical pressure.
  • Avoid painkillers and alcohol for 24 hours after your session.
  • Avoid sun exposure for at least 4 hours after the treatment. Avoid any heat exposure for 24-48 hours.

How Much Does It Cost?

On average, the charges are $2 to $8 per unit or $240 to $400 per session.

However, the cost may vary depending on factors like location, clinic, area you will be covering, and the doctor’s expertise.

If you are wondering about the safety of botox treatments, we have discussed that in the following section.

Are There Any Side Effects Of Preventative Botox?x

Botox is FDA-approved, relatively safe, and does not cause any long-term adverse effects (1). However, if not administered properly and if you do not follow proper pre and post-session caution, it may cause several temporary side effects like (3), (4):

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Headache
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Red or purple discoloration

Avoid botox altogether if you:

  • Have conditions like myasthenia gravis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and Eaton Lambert syndrome
  • Are pregnant and breastfeeding
  • Have focal and systemic infections
  • Are hypersensitive or allergic to botox
  • Have undergone lower eyelid surgery (1)

If you notice any other symptoms like vision change, difficulty in speaking, breathing, or swallowing, consult a doctor immediately.

Takeaway

Preventative botox is perfect for improving early wrinkles and fine lines. Initial lines and wrinkles usually appear when you make facial expressions, and preventative botox can ‘prevent’ the lines from sticking around over time. It cannot erase the wrinkles but make them disappear for a while. You have to go for multiple sessions to maintain your look. However, always consult a doctor to understand if you are the right candidate for preventative botox and understand the risks before going for it.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Is there any downtime for botox?

There is less or no downtime for botox treatment. You can resume your daily activities within 30-60 minutes. However, avoid heavy strenuous activities for at least 24 hours after the session.

References:

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  1. Botulinum toxin (Botox) A for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles: a literature review of clinical use and pharmacological aspect
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC6489637/
  2. “Preventive” Cumulative Effects of Botulinum Toxin Type A in Facial Aesthetics
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33065950/
  3. A review of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18823403/
  4. International consensus recommendations on the aesthetic usage of botulinum toxin type A (Speywood Unit)–Part II: “Wrinkles on the middle and lower face” neck and chest
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20569284/

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