You might be surprised at some recent findings that 20-somethings are getting Botox treatments in increasing numbers. Many of us may be thinking, “What?! Botox at such an early age?!” When thinking about Botox, older women who may be trying to regain a youthful look usually come to mind. It just doesn’t sound like something that the younger, 20-something set would seek.
Botox, a popular cosmetic procedure, was first approved by the FDA in 1991. Botox is a prescription drug that is injected into the muscles of the face to temporarily reduce the appearance of lines around the mouth, eyes, and along the forehead. Additionally, it is technically considered a toxin. Essentially, it interrupts the connection between the muscles and the corresponding nerves to paralyze the muscles. When the muscles are not able to contract, a person cannot make the repeated movements that cause wrinkles. Botox has become very popular because it works. Other similar products such as Zeomin and Dysport are also very popular.
Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that in 2015, more than 6.7 million Botox treatments were performed. These figures make Botox the most common, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure performed. Dermal fillers come in a distant second.
Among those choosing this cosmetic procedure, not all patients fit the notion that Botox is only for the older generation. According to a 2014 report, again from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, approximately 411,000 of Botox procedures were done on men (a trend that is being called “brotox”), and approximately 100,000 procedures were performed on patients aged 20 to 29 — representing a six percent increase from 2013.
A report from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) states that in 2015, 64 percent of cosmetic surgeons experienced an increase in the younger set (under the age of 30) getting procedures such as Botox. According to the president of AAFPRS Edwin Williams, M.D., the surge of popularity probably will not slow down. He states, “We expect the demand for facial cosmetic procedures to continue to expand.”
Dr. Thomas Wright, medical director of the Laser Lipo and Vein Center says, “We see very high rates of success with our Botox treatments.” He continues to say that he feels Botox has remained popular due to this efficacy, along with the fact that Botox has a long, proven track record.