Wrinkles & Lines: Can They Be Prevented?


For many people — yes, we’re talking to you 20- and 30-somethings — “anti-aging” only goes as far as vowing to wash your makeup off every night and making the leap from SPF 15 to SPF 30. While I don’t discount the importance of these changes (really, please take your makeup off every night) the truth is that now is the time to set yourself up for beautiful skin for the rest of your life.

Previously, neurotoxins such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® were only said to minimize wrinkles and lines to help patients “turn back the clock.” Now, a growing number of Austin patients are curious if these same options can be used to prevent rather than to simply treat the signs of aging after the fact. The answer: Absolutely!

We know you’ve got a lot on your plate, so we’ll start off slow. Here are 2 common early signs of aging and the quickest, most effective ways to prevent them:

  • Frown lines: Also known as the 11s, these lines appear between the eyebrows when we scowl. They can become persistent as we mature, lingering even when our faces are relaxed and giving us a tired or angry appearance. (Yes, worrying can have a physical effect too.)
  • Crow’s feet: These lines that branch out from the outer corners of your eyes. Find yourself squinting a lot? This is often a cause of crow’s feet.

Not too worry — neurotoxins to the rescue! Let’s talk about BOTOX specifically. It’s the most widely studied neurotoxin in the world and is approved by the FDA for both frown lines and crow’s feet.

Here’s how it works:

Lines and wrinkles are formed by habitual facial expressions. BOTOX injections limit those facial expressions. So, if you stop making the expressions in the first place, you stop the wrinkles from ever forming.

Because Dr. Piazza and I are skilled injectors, we target only the muscles responsible for those pesky dynamic wrinkles. You’ll retain your normal range of expressions and look like yourself — no “frozen” faces here. Plus, both BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport are minimally invasive treatments with no downtime. The total treatment takes about 10 to 15 minutes with minimal swelling and bruising. Oftentimes, our patients receive a full treatment over a lunchbreak or after work.

If you’re curious to learn more about your options for preventing the signs of aging, including BOTOX or Dysport, leave a comment below! Or, if you’re not ready for treatments just yet, let’s talk about your skin care products — the perfect place to start!

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