Can Botox Make You Look Older?

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Women turn to injections like Botox to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and ultimately look younger, but according to one doctor in the U.K., using Botox too young could actually speed up the aging process. We’ve seen Kim Kardashian receive injections on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and it’s no secret that plenty of other celebrities also use cosmetic fillers, even if they don’t bring us with them to their appointments. But what is becoming problematic is the effect these celebrities are having on younger girls (and sometimes their mothers) who are demanding Botox as a means of wrinkle prevention.

In an article in The Daily Telegraph, U.K. plastic surgeon Darren McKeown notes that there is no evidence showing that Botox works as a preventive measure. He explains that Botox works on wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause expression lines and that overusing the filler can cause the face to appear aged, regardless of the lack of wrinkles. But what’s most important is Dr. McKeown’s warning that Botox be used by people whose lines and wrinkles are already developed and not by those who are still developing. “Generally, it is best to wait at least until there are lines on the face at rest, which for most people is at some point in their thirties. Having the treatment too early may not only lead to undesirable results over time; you could just be depriving yourself of the best looks you were ever destined to have,” Dr. McKeown said in the article.

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