Prevention better than cure?

Updated: Aug 13, 2019


The use of anti-wrinkle injections to treat fine lines and wrinkles has been a popular non-surgical cosmetic choice for those in their 40’s and 50’s for many years. Its benefits and results has seen its use for this purpose increase year on year. But what about using them to prevent these wrinkles and fine lines from developing in the first place? Makes sense – right?

The most popular anti-wrinkle injections are licensed for ages between 18 and 65 however should people in their early 20’s be considering it as a potential cosmetic treatment. The jury is out - there is no firm evidence that proves that starting early can prevent wrinkles in later life.

Anti-wrinkle injections without doubt have their place for cosmetics treatments, but as a practitioner would I encourage the younger generation to start having it in their 20’s?

Although I do see the logic of prevention verses cure; as a practitioner I would not be comfortable offering this treatment to those in their 20’s. What I would encourage is a good skin care regime, treatments such as chemical peels and micro-needling are very effective at keeping the skin looking plump and youthful. Provide good evidenced based advice such as the lifestyle impact of smoking, excessive sun exposure, dehydration, poor sleep and diet as these will age you for sure!

Our skin is not just our canvas we need to look after it – our life style choices good or bad will always be painted on warts and all.

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