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Debunking Myths About Fillers and Botox for Young People

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The lines between youth and middle-age are becoming blurred and perhaps disappearing altogether. According to Byrdie, this is in part due to preventative botox becoming more common among the 18 to 30-year-old demographic. Yet, there are still many misconceptions and myths surrounding the “baby botox” phenomenon. So says Alex Medeiros, manager of Orlando, Florida-based LightTouch Medspa.

“Botox and fillers help the anti-aging process and, in a sense, can even reverse time,” observes Medeiros, who has more than 15 years of experience in the fast-growing medspa sector. “They assist in reducing the effects of time and keep one from aging quickly.”

LightTouch, Medeiros says, is seeing a surge of younger customers since the pandemic seeking injections. Why now? “Social media has reduced the stigma around cosmetic procedures,” he says. And Gen Zers and Millennials are very interested in doing things that positively affect their self-image and mood, whether it’s working out or having a little work done.

For years, the media has put stories of aesthetic procedures-gone-wrong on blast. There is even a long-running television show devoted to plastic surgery horror stories — “Botched” — and the tabloids still tell terrifying tales of people who tried to self-inject and suffered terrible consequences. The “baby botox” trend is indicative of a more positive environment, though Mederios says there are still a number of myths surrounding getting Botox and other injectables at an early age.

“A lot of people think that all fillers are the same,” he observes, “but there are actually many types of fillers available today, with specific fillers designed for specific areas of the face.” That’s important because, as Medeiros points out, many people associate Botox with a middle-aged “frozen face” but a good clinic will take the time to understand each patient’s unique skin and features, then design the correct regiment for them, whatever their age.

“We do hear a lot of concern to the effect of, ‘injectables will make me look like a different person’,” Medeiros recalls. “But today’s fillers are much softer and more natural-looking than ever. Additionally, there are newer techniques that, when combined with better knowledge of the facial structure, ensure that every patient leaves the clinic looking natural.”

Indeed, Medeiros says that the earlier a patient gets started with Botox or another injectable, the softer their look will be, and the less noticeable the aging process will appear over time. He mentions that the longer a person waits to begin injecting, the more likely that frown lines, crows’ feet, and stress lines (among other things) will form — the deeper the lines, the more injections are required. “It’s the larger amount of Botox needed to correct ingrained lines that can make a face appear to be expressionless, or even lifeless,” he clarifies.

Another myth that Medeiros hears repeated is that fillers are irreversible. “The truth,” he says, “is that all fillers can be reduced or entirely eliminated with a special product, should clients wish to reverse the procedure.” This, he says, makes a medspa procedure superior to most surgical procedures, which cannot be reversed but only modified.

The liquid rhinoplasty is a good example of such a procedure. “This is a fantastic methodology of altering the nose appearance with fillers, to create the desired look of our clients,” Medeiros says. “No downtime is required and results are immediate, with minimal-to-no bruising and minimal discomfort. On the other hand, a traditional rhinoplasty, which is carried out by a plastic surgeon, is far more expensive, permanent, and results in significant downtime and discomfort.” 

While not everyone hates their nose, everyone — even young people — will get dynamic wrinkles. These are those lines between your eyebrows, around your lips, and on your temples that are caused by laughing or making facial expressions. In youth, when the skin is most elastic, these lines tend to fade immediately. But as the skin loses its elasticity, the lines linger, and over time, dynamic wrinkles turn into permanent ones. Lines tend to be deeper and more stubborn for those who spend a lot of time in the sun and/or smoke, both of which damage the skin. “The good news,” Medeiros says, “is that while all of us will develop the same lines in the same places, those who start injecting earlier will need fewer doses of Botox and achieve a more natural look.”

And it gets even better, because Botox may keep young people from developing serious mental illnesses. Recently, researchers found that Botox injections could reduce depression considerably, something particularly important for Gen Zers, whom a recent survey found to be at high risk for mental health disorders. Anxiety and depression can create a vicious cycle, where “worry lines” become one more thing to worry about. Premature aging can also lower our self-esteem and destroy our self-confidence.

Whether his patients are young, middle-aged or older, Medeiros says that his job is all about debunking the myths around aesthetic procedures, helping people love what they see in the mirror, and always focusing on the positive. “The most rewarding part of our business is helping people to look and feel better about themselves,” he says. “We have a lot of repeat customers and it’s great seeing them taking care of themselves and aging beautifully!”

Jay Feldman is an 8 figure entrepreneur and host of Mentors Collective podcast. He is also a regular contributor at Entrepreneur.com.

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