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3 Things to Know about Preventative Botox

While Botox has long been used to treat existing wrinkles, many med spa customers are now turning to preventative Botox to slow down the aging process of their skin. Preventative Botox means getting a small amount of Botox a few times a year in areas where you are likely to get wrinkles in the future. By doing so, you can help prevent these wrinkles from ever forming. Here are three things to know about preventative Botox:

Preventative Botox Can Help You Look Younger, Longer

The main reason to try preventative Botox is that it helps keep you looking younger over time by preventing the formation of new wrinkles. For preventative Botox, you will only receive a small amount, most likely around your eyes and on your forehead.

This helps decrease muscle movement in the areas of the face where you are most likely to get dynamic lines and wrinkles over time. Preventative Botox trains these facial muscles not to crease as dramatically so that the wrinkles don't have a chance to form.

Preventative Botox Should Complement Other Skincare

While Botox is very effective, it shouldn't be the only tool in your skincare arsenal. In fact, Botox easily complements other cosmetic treatments and skincare products.

You may decide to get Botox as well as annual chemical peels or laser treatments, for example. Preventative Botox will tackle any fine lines and prevent new ones from forming, while the other treatments will address any discoloration or texture issues you may be experiencing.

Gently exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing your face at home will also help your skin glow and keep you looking younger, making the effects of preventative Botox even better.

You Will Still Need to Protect Your Skin From the Sun

Keep in mind that while Botox is an amazing way to prevent aging, damage from the sun is still responsible for a lot of aging, including sunspots and lost elasticity. Since Botox doesn't address these concerns, be sure to use sunblock every day. Many sunblock creams are now being designed specifically for the face, with lighter textures and without a white tint. Your dermatologist's office or med spa likely has amazing sunblocks in stock that you can try.

While preventative Botox may not keep you looking 25 forever, it can definitely help you look younger than your age and prevent new wrinkles from forming. Start with a consultation to decide if preventative Botox is right for you.