Summary: Botox has a worldwide reputation for getting rid of wrinkles. And we usually associate wrinkles with, you know, getting older. But is there a place for Botox for the younger crowd? We’ve been reading a lot of stories about Botox for Millennials, and it occurs to us that this might be a topic worth dispelling some myths and undeveloped notions about.
Botox For Young People?
You’ve finally spotted that wrinkle. And now you want to get rid of it, of course. To be sure, you aren’t alone. It’s not uncommon to freak out over that very first wrinkle you get. It’s a sign that time is moving, that you’re getting older, that your age is beginning to show.
But you shouldn’t worry too much about it. After all, everyone gets wrinkles. It’s not the end of the world. But perhaps that initial reaction is helping to explain why procedures such as Botox injections are becoming more and more popular among younger and younger patients.
Millennials, in fact, are getting cosmetic surgery procedures in ever growing numbers. Rather than writing this off as some kind of novel or strange trend, it might be useful to examine precisely why these cosmetic surgery procedures are appealing to Millennials.
Because Millennials are a lot of things—stupid isn’t one of them.
The Appeal of Botox to Younger Crowds
Botox is designed to eliminate certain types of wrinkles in the face. In general, those are wrinkles which have been caused by the contraction of muscles in the face. Here’s what happens: you frown a lot, the muscles get used to being in that “contracted” position, and the line or wrinkle becomes permanent. It’s the medical version of “if you keep making faces, your face will freeze that way.”
There are several major wrinkle developments that form this way across the face, from the “concentration lines” on your brow, to the “frown” or “smile” lines around your mouth. Each of these wrinkle formations generally signal a kind of advancing age, and they can all be mitigated (to a certain extent and depending on the patient) with Botox injections.
In other words, Botox injections can help make you look much more youthful. But you actually don’t have to wait until the wrinkles set in to get the benefits.
Preventing Wrinkles from Developing
The way Botox works is pretty simple: by temporarily paralyzing the muscle, the wrinkle is released. But what’s nice is that Botox also works as a way of preventing those muscles from forming in the first place.
When the muscle is paralyzed, it can’t make the extended and protracted contractions that lead to the wrinkle in the first place. Now, I want to be careful because “paralyzed” can be a rather loaded term. Botox has become associated with a kind of “mask face,” a kind of lack of expression.
When Botox is properly administered, this “frozen face” does not occur. Indeed, that’s typically caused by patients who insist on a little too much Botox. In other words, if you trust your surgeon and let him or her select the amount of Botox you need, you’ll almost always retain all natural facial expression.
Botox’s Other Uses
Botox is famous—and mostly used—for the reduction of wrinkles. That’s one of the primary reasons it’s popular among Millennials. But it’s not the only reason, because Botox is actually used for a wide variety of other purposes.
- Treating Migraines: I know it sounds a little off-topic, but Botox has actually shown a significant amount of potential in treating migraines. These treatments don’t work for everybody, largely because the causes of migraines are quite varied and no one treatment seems to cure them all. However, for a good portion of migraine sufferers, Botox has been shown to shorten the duration of migraines and cut back on their frequency. If you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you know this is good news.
- Helping with Depression: Clinical depression is another illness that is exceptionally difficult to treat, even though a wide variety of drugs are available. Botox, however, has actually been shown to improve the moods of those suffering from Clinical Depression. This is huge relief for patients who have been suffering from Depression but who have not found another more suitable treatment. Research on this is, of course, still ongoing.
- Treating TMJ: When your jaw gets incredibly tight, sore, and swollen, you might have what’s known as TMJ (sometimes colloquially referred to as “lockjaw”). If you suffer from this ailment you know that it’s incredibly painful and that it can cause swelling in your face. You also know that it’s cause by muscles that are too tight. Botox injections can loosen these muscles up a bit and help your jaw relax, relieving pain and discomfort.
Many Reasons for Millennials
Ultimately, there are many reasons Millennials (and young people more broadly) might be interested in a Botox injections. Yes, there are certainly the cosmetic elements—and those elements aren’t to be underestimated. But there are people who get Botox who generally have absolutely no interest in getting rid of wrinkles.
As with many medical procedures it’s ultimately up to you what you want to do. But we shouldn’t begrudge anyone interested in the procedure from looking into it further—no matter how old they are!