Preventative botox is used to help younger patients from developing wrinkles, offering a more natural look to botox.

The difference between preventative botox and botox is that as the name suggests, preventative botox prevents the onset of wrinkles early on in life, whilst botox is used to correct wrinkles.

The answer to this question is largely subjective, as the right age to receive preventative Botulinum Toxin (botox) is subjective to you and your skin.

Due to legislation in the UK, it is illegal for botox and dermal filler procedures to be administered for cosmetic reasons to people under 18.

As such, you’ll neither need nor want to start preventative botox before the age of 18. That said, many people opt to have preventative botox in their 20s and early 30s to prevent fine lines from turning into established wrinkles that become deep-set in your 40s.

It’s natural for everyone to have some wrinkles when we move the muscles in our face, which are known as dynamic wrinkles. That said, preventive botox works at preventing deep wrinkles from developing on other areas on your face, such as at the corners of your eyes (crow’s feet).

Preventative botox

Many people opt to have preventative botox in their 20s and early 30s to prevent fine lines from turning into established wrinkles that become deep-set in your 40s.

You might want to consider preventative botox as early as your 20s if you:

  1. Have sun damage
  2. Use sunbeds or have used them in the past
  3. Sunbathe without SPF protection 

1. Have Sun Damage

The first reason you might be considering preventative botox is due to sun damage.

Looking after your skin by wearing SPF every single day is essential, even on cloudy days, but many people still forget. 

That said, if you’ve already experienced sun damage on your face early on in your life, then this is when it would be wise to consider preventative botox as young as during your 20s.

This comes down to the fact that sun damage can ‘lead to premature ageing’ and wrinkles, and aside from this, ‘too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can damage DNA in your skin cells and cause skin cancer’, emphasising just how serious the problem is.

At You Can Clinic, we offer a variety of aesthetic treatments, including Botox. If you’re interested in receiving preventative botox, be sure to get in touch with a friendly member of our team today.

When you should get preventative botox.

Sun damage can lead to 'premature ageing' of the skin, meaning that if you experience sun damage in your 20s, you might want to consider preventative botox.

2. Use Sunbeds Or Have Used Them In The Past

Another reason why you might want to consider preventative botox is if you use sunbeds or have used them in the past.

Sunbeds cause your skin ‘to age prematurely, making it look coarse, leathery, and wrinkled’ no matter how many anti-aging potions and creams you use.

A staggering ‘third of adults say they have used sunbeds at least once’ across the UK, despite the dangers that they present in terms of damaging your youthful complexion and increasing your risk to cancer.

Investing in your health by looking after your skin whilst you can is essential to prevent long-lasting damage, which is where putting a stop to the sunbed sessions and investing in preventative botox can make a real difference.

As such, opting for preventative botox can help you to keep your skin looking both supple and youthful, helping you to prevent deep-set wrinkles from appearing on your face in the future.

3. Sunbathe Without SPF Protection 

Lastly, you might want to consider getting preventative botox if you sunbathe without SPF protection.

You might have been lulled into a false sense of security that you don’t need to wear SPF in a country like the UK, and you wouldn’t be the only one, as we tend to experience more cloudy days than sunny days here. 

However, this is false, and can lead to sun damage if you’re not careful when you consider that ‘even on overcast days, up to 80 percent of UV rays can still penetrate light cloud cover and reach your skin’.

That said, if you’ve made the mistake of sunbathing without SPF protection, even for a short period of time, you will want to consider preventative botox earlier on in life.

This will increase your chances of ensuring that your skin remains youthful for longer as you age, in spite of sunbathing without SPF protection.

However, it is worth noting that whilst preventative measures can be taken with aesthetic treatments, such as botox, to prevent premature ageing, it is your responsibility to ensure that you’re doing everything that you can to protect yourself against skin damage.

Starting preventative botox.

Investing in your health by looking after your skin whilst you can is essential to prevent long-lasting damage and wrinkles.

Hopefully this article has given you a better idea of when you should start preventative botox, and has emphasised the importance of looking after your skin. 

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Written by Jemima, for You Can Clinic.

November 17, 2022 — Jemima Thomas