Should Young People Get Botox? 5 Things To Consider

New York Smash Magazine  

Is Botox the fountain of youth? A growing number of young people seem to think so. 

The use of Botox as a preventative measure has become a surprising trend among those under 30 — and even as young as 13-years-old. 

Millennials are getting the injections to stay youthful-looking, longer. 

Among 20 to 29-year-olds, there was a 6 percent increase in Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox, Dysport) injections since 2013, and a 7 percent increase among 13 to 19-year olds, according to statistical data by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


Botox increase among young people


“Millennials make up approximately 15 percent of patients seeking botox, fillers and laser treatments for cosmetic reasons. That translates into over 750,000 treatments a year in the U.S. alone,” Norman M. Rowe, MD, of high-end Rowe Plastic Surgery in New York told New York Smash.

What other cosmetic treatments are 20-something-year-olds getting? Fillers and chemical peels are also popular, Rowe said. 

Rowe Plastic Surgery hosted an informative event called “Bagels, Bellinis & Botox” last month in New York. 

We had a lot of questions. Should young people get Botox? Is it safe? 

According to Dr. Rowe, here are 5 things to know about getting Botox injections in your teens or 20’s.

1. Injections are the new anti-aging trend for young people. 

According to Rowe, younger patients generally address anti-aging treatments as opposed to wrinkle treatments. Areas mainly treated include the area between the eyes, the forehead and the corner of the eyes.

This trend has been on the increase for the past 2-3 years. I feel it’s due to the 20-somethings realizing that they need to address aging issues sooner rather than later,” Rowe said. 

2. It can delay the onset of wrinkles with continued use. 

While some experts have argued this point, Rowe says that Botox has the ability to prevent and delay signs of aging. For this reason, young people are getting injected to preserve their youthfulness. 

Botox was originally market in the early 1980’s as a treatment for people with c strabismus (crossed eyes) and severe neck muscle spasms. It was only after treating doctors notices that then injected around the eye it also treated wrinkles, that it became the cosmetic miracle drug that we know it today. Botox not only diminishes wrinkles that a patient may have, but it has a preventative effect as well. Meaning, it can delay the onset of wrinkles if used faithfully. This is the benefit that younger patients will see, it prevents them from need more aggressive anti-aging treatments at an earlier age. There really is no reason why a younger person would not want to try botox to prevent wrinkles other than the time requirements to visit your local board certified plastic surgeon,” Rowe said.

3. It’s known to be safe. 

For young people getting Botox injections, Rowe said there are no known side effects or potential for damage.

4.  You may get hooked after doing it once. 

The effects of Botox generally last 5-6 months for preventative treatments. There is no adverse effect on the skin when the effect wears off, Rowe told us.

Patients are treated for wrinkle prevention every six months. They can get it once, but why bother? It’s more about a long-term plan as opposed to a one-time thing,” Rowe said. 

5. However, it’s pricey. 

Generally, the cost is $350-$450 per session.