Today, there are more options than ever before when it comes to fighting the signs of aging on the face. From injectables to surgery, there seems to be a treatment that suits just about anyone. But, one question remains, and that is how young is too young to start fighting the signs of aging?
Since everyone ages at a different rate, due to things they can’t control, like genes, and things they can, like smoking and sun exposure, there’s no really no single answer to that question. One person might notice lines and wrinkles at age 24 while another might look like a 20-year-old when she’s 32. If you’re in your 20s and concerned about aging, it’s worth understanding what you can do at this age.
Botox and Injectables
One treatment people decide to start getting in their 20s is Botox, which is helps reduce the crow’s feet and the "11s", or frown lines that appear between the eyebrows. Those types of wrinkles are dynamic wrinkles, meaning they form after years of repeated movements. They tend to be the first type of wrinkle to appear on people’s faces, compared to static wrinkles, which develop as a result of gravity and a breakdown of collagen over the years.
Botox is approved for use in people over age 18. In many cases, it’s more effective on lines that are just beginning to be visible, compared to lines that are deeply etched into the skin, so it might make more sense for a person to consider the injectable in his or her 20s versus later in life. Botox injections are on the rise among people in their 20s. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of Botox injections in people between the ages of 20 and 29 increased by 6% between 2013 and 2014.
Care at Home
If you’re in your 20s and you don’t yet have visible lines or wrinkles, in many cases, the best thing you can do is try to stave off those lines and wrinkles for as long as possible. There are two big things you can do to fight the signs of aging. One is not smoking, or quitting smoking if you do. Smoking is one of the leading external causes of aging. It breaks down collagen, leading to the early formation of wrinkles. It makes your skin look dull and lifeless, too.
The other thing to do is to protect your skin from the sun or to minimize your sun exposure. Try to avoid going out in the sun when it’s at its most intense, usually between 10am and 4pm. Get in the habit of wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more every day.
You might also want to look into using anti-aging skincare products starting in your 20s. At the very least, get in the habit of moisturizing your skin daily. Using a lotion that contains SPF and moisturizer is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. You might not need it yet, but you can also consider using a product that contains retinol, either daily or every other day. Retinol is derived from vitamin A and helps increase cell turnover and actually keep wrinkles from forming.
What About Surgery?
Generally, people in their 20s aren’t quite ready for procedures like a facelift. It’s fairly rare for a person that young to have enough skin laxity or sagging to benefit from the surgery. But, there are a number of other procedures that might be appropriate for a younger person. These surgeries include rhinoplasty, which can change the size or shape of your nose or even improve its function, facial implants, which can make your facial features look more proportional, or an eyelid lift, if the skin of the eyelids is droopy.
Although many people consider an eyelid lift to correct age-related changes in the eye area, the surgery also has other you have ptosis, or drooping in the upper lid that makes it difficult to see, the surgery can correct the drooping and improve your vision.
If you’re in your 20s and worried about aging, one of the best things to do is to speak with a board certified facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Michael Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz can explain what each procedure entails, evaluate your face and let you know what you can do to prevent or correct any signs of aging. To schedule a consultation, call 561-228-5888 today.