When Americans think of Botox, most likely picture middle-aged women and men looking to diminish the telltale signs of aging. But statistics show that an ever-increasing number of 20-somethings are choosing Botox as a way to correct minor flaws and to proactively prevent lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 6.7 million Botox procedures were performed in 2015. Among them, some 100,000 were performed on patients 20 to 29 years old. Researchers with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery report similar findings, confirming that 64 percent of plastic surgeons saw an increase in patients under age 30 opting for Botox and other aesthetic procedures last year.

“We are seeing a younger demographic than ever before seeking consultations and treatments with facial plastic surgeons all over the country,” AAFPRS President Dr. Edwin Williams, III said in a media release. “The prevalence of non-invasive procedures like lasers, peels and injections are making it even more appealing for young people to dip their toe into aesthetic enhancements before aging is even a concern.”

It’s well known that Botox is, by far, the most popular minimally-invasive option for effectively reducing the appearance of wrinkles on and around the eyes, mouth, forehead and neck. It works by relaxing the muscles and temporarily restricting their ability to contract. It’s that repetitive muscle contraction that occurs when making facial expressions that causes wrinkles to form and deepen. Recent research shows that over time, Botox can help the body not only heal existing wrinkles, but prevent the formation of expected future wrinkles, too. In one study that followed a pair of twin sisters over a period of 13 years, one underwent Botox treatment three times a year, while he sister was injected just once a year. The sister who received more injections had noticeably fewer and less defined facial lines and crow’s feet.

While its important to avoid the celebrity- and social media-driven quest for Photoshop-quality results, know that beginning Botox injections early on in smaller quantities and performed by a board-certified physician or aesthetician can promise you a smoother, more relaxed and longer-lasting youthful look in the years to come.

Ready to begin protecting and prolonging your youthful, healthy look? Contact your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City or Staten Island.

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