Anti-wrinkle injections, How young is too young?

With over 20 years in the industry we have heard most things and have been asked even more. Generally, our inquiries are about skin freak-outs, product recommendations and makeup mishaps… we’ve seen them all. So, we wanted to address the beauty questions we are asked most frequently.

Perhaps you’re someone who often furrows their brow in casual judgement or maybe you’re genetically predisposed to forehead wrinkles or crow’s feet. Years ago, you’d have to invest in top-notch treatments and home care regimes but now that injectables are widely available, Anti-wrinkle injections have become the “Go To” for the younger generation. Social media has also been a major driving force for younger client’s interest in anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filler. These younger generations believe in a healthy, positive lifestyle and leading their life with confidence. Anti-wrinkle injections are often part of this anti-ageing, confidence-boosting treatment, without the stigma of it being vain.

But how young is too young? Why, for reasons unbeknownst to us, do anti-wrinkle injections come with the stigma of “cheating”, when high-powered lasers and peels are accepted for the anti-aging course? And will you really change your or ruin your face in 20 years according to the latest gossip magazine scandal. It’s important to note that anti-wrinkle injections, or any other injectables, aren’t step one: You never want to jump to injectables if you’re not using regular SPF and a basic cleanse and care regimen. As a first line of defence against the signs of ageing, products with retinol and antioxidants should be your first stop. Don’t be fooled by this almost instant fix; you still need to maintain and treat your skin for optimal results. At Clearskincare Clinics one of our key philosophies is to offer skin treatments and products that are affordable and attainable for everyone. Injectables, combined with skin maintenance and home care products, is the key to longer lasting results.

If you’re starting to see horizontal forehead lines, frown lines between the brows, or little crow’s feet, just tiny amounts of anti-wrinkle injections can prevent long-term lines.

People typically start seeing these early lines in their mid-to-late-20s. Of course, there’s no set age that this happens. Skin care professionals have noticed an increase in younger patients seeking procedures over the past few years, which isn’t a bad thing but the younger you are, the less frequently you need to visit. Some cases can show that rather than coming back every four months, you can stretch it to six or eight, before coming back. But before you even start to see lines settle in, preventative measures and anti-wrinkle injections can be used to calm facial muscles that you work overtime. These treatments can work to inhibit any permanent wrinkles from forming in the first place. Rather than just looking at someone’s birth date it’s more important to look at the genetics and habits of each individual. Some people have stronger facial muscles or expressions and do need to start a bit sooner than others. So, what about the rumour that once you start, you’ll get hooked or worse, that your face will get to a point where it will “need” it, whatever that means? This is a myth. Anti-wrinkle injections have been out for over 20 years now, and if anything, those who start early tend to need fewer units and see longer lasting results, because their hyperactive muscles have essentially been retrained.

Even more, when your fine lines become deep-set wrinkles, anti-wrinkle treatments won’t make them go away; Instead, you’ll then may need dermal filler; to fill deep lines or wrinkles; so, it’s always better to be preventative. The bottom line? Cosmetic treatments, combined with anti-wrinkle injections is an art. There are no firm rules on age, but it’s critical that the treating practitioner is improving someone’s confidence, not adding to peer pressure driven doubts or expectations. To find out more please book a consultation with one of our expert team of Doctors or Nurses; they will guide you with advanced techniques to enhance your features and help you look younger for longer.

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