Is prevention better than cure?

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Why young women, who have no dynamic wrinkles to treat, should not seek Botox as a preventative treatment. 1
Towards the end of 2015, a spotlight was shone on the aesthetics industry, particularly in relation to the thorny question of how young is too young to treat?
Many women in their twenties are starting to demand anti-wrinkle injection treatments to eradicate non-existent wrinkles, whether it is to emulate the ‘celebrities’ they follow on Instagram, famous for their line-free faces, or in the hope that they can prevent ageing by starting early.
anti-wrinkle injection injections are a quick and effective treatment for dynamic wrinkles caused by the constant contraction and relaxation of the facial muscles and works very effectively in the upper-third of the face, smoothing lines on the brow and around the eyes.
It is the most popular non-surgical treatment in the world and it is estimated that there are more than a million anti-wrinkle injection procedures performed every year just in the UK alone. But, if you don’t have those dynamic wrinkles yet, then anti-wrinkle injection injections can actually be more ageing. 

Natural expression and mobility

By eradicating natural expression and mobility, you risk ending up looking harder and older. This is why I do not offer anti-wrinkle injection procedures to young patients who have no dynamic wrinkles in the upper third of the face but would, instead, recommend a preventative skincare regime or radiofrequency treatments.

Neck lifts

anti-wrinkle injection is well-known for its treatment of crow’s feet and frown lines, but I believe that there is a very underutilised use of this muscle-relaxing product. The topic of my recent talk to peers at the Aesthetic Conference & Exhibition was the use of anti-wrinkle injection to treat the first signs of ageing on the neck. Those readers in the medical industry may like to read an article published in the Aesthetic Journal, to which I contributed, on the subject of Tightening the Neck.
Injected into the dermis, anti-wrinkle injection works by temporarily preventing the nerves from sending signals to our facial muscles. Every muscle has an opposing muscle that pulls in a different direction. In the lower third of the face, the muscles that lift up are ‘competing’ with the muscles in the neck that pull downwards. 
The platysma bands run down from the jaw to the base of the neck. As we get older, these bands tend to shorten, pulling the skin and other tissues on the lower face downwards. This results in a loss of definition along the jawline and is why you get drooping at the corners of the mouth.
Unlike the use of anti-wrinkle injection in the upper third of the face, you’re just encouraging the upward muscles of the face to work more effectively, rejuvenating the neck and lower third of the face. Hence anti-wrinkle injection is an effective preventative treatment for jowls and turkey neck.
If you have further questions about the uses of anti-wrinkle injection, please call 0131 226 9610 to arrange a consultation with me. You can be sure that you will get expert tailored advice for your concerns without influence from industry trends or celebrity cultures.

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