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What Is Preventative Botox?

by | Mar 5, 2024 | Botox, Cosmetic Dermatology

Preventative Botox® is an injectable medication that addresses wrinkles before they appear. Individuals in their 20s and 30s can benefit from early injections to slow the development of expression lines, keeping the skin smooth and youthful.

As for when to start Botox, the answer will vary with the patient. By focusing on your skin and its pace of developing wrinkles, you can see when you should start getting Botox.
Preventative treatments relax facial muscles, so dynamic wrinkles and fine lines don’t develop as quickly or deeply. This may mean you’ll need fewer sessions less often once you get older. Signs of aging won’t be as noticeable or present if you take early action.

This injectable, non-invasive treatment requires minimal downtime and is more affordable than surgical procedures. These factors contribute to the popularity of Botox and other products that use botulinum toxin, like Dysport, Xeomin, and Daxxify.

Preventative treatments effectively minimize the development of dynamic wrinkles, including:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Bunny lines
  • Glabellar lines
  • Marionette lines

Board-certified dermatologists can create a customized treatment plan that will promote a youthful appearance as you age.


While there is no best age to start Botox, the treatment is most effective when lines and wrinkles are still developing. Your board-certified dermatologist may recommend Botox in your 30s or earlier to slow wrinkle formation.

Environment and lifestyle choices can create a need to seek treatment earlier. These habits include:

  • Sun damage
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Inadequate sleep

If your skin is aging quickly, you may want to seek treatment in your early 20s. People in their 20s are usually treated for forehead lines. In their 30s, areas of concern are usually:

  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Glabellar lines
  • Lip lines
  • Frown lines
preventative botox before and after


“Baby Botox” is a small dose that relaxes muscles for subtle results, while preventative involves more substance used in injections. Baby treatments help younger patients maintain their youthful look for longer, while preventative treatments help patients who already see signs of aging.

While most patients wait for the initial appearance of wrinkles to start preventative treatment, others can get baby treatments for smoother results. Baby doses cost less than fuller doses, but can save money by reducing the need for future injections. They also cost less because the solution used is diluted to have a more subtle smoothing effect.

Micro-doses can help to add volume to a younger face while having a minimal effect on natural facial expressions. The more of the substance that’s used, the more relaxed muscles will be.

Neither procedure requires downtime or recovery, making these convenient ways to improve your future appearance. Both provide patients with natural-looking results that create smoother skin in the future.

Your board-certified dermatologist can recommend which is best for you, based on your age and wrinkle formation, during your consultation.


At Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, our board-certified dermatologists can identify the best ways to treat your skin. It’s important to trust highly-qualified practitioners like ours because too few injections won’t get effective results, and too much can actually make signs of aging look worse. Trust us for expertly conducted wrinkle removal that will leave you looking your best.

At Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, our board-certified dermatologists treat skin conditions to help patients look their best. With a full Research Center, we have the most innovative treatments available for convenient services that get results. Schedule your consultation appointment in Manhattan or Southampton, New York today.

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