What is Prejuvenation?

With neurotoxins and injectables having been solidified as mainstays in the beauty industry, a new term has emerged called prejuvenation. Combining the words “prevention” with “rejuvenation,” this new phrase started being used to define preventative aesthetic procedures. The goal of beginning minimally invasive injectables earlier is to reduce the visual effects of aging before they become pronounced. In order to decide if prejuvenation is right for you, it’s important to know some of the truths and myths about injectables to delay the visual signs of aging.

The Prejuvenation Trend

While prejuvenation techniques are relatively new, they have rapidly gained popularity in millennials. This is due in part to social media. Many influencers and celebrities are open about all facets of their beauty routines, including injectables like Botox and filler. With all of this conversation around fine lines and wrinkles, women are beginning to take action earlier than ever before. According to a report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 485,087 minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, like Botox and filler, were performed on Americans between the ages of 20 and 29 in 2020. The prejuvenation trend is further solidified by the fact that Botox treatments have increased by 28% in the last decade. 

Prejuvenation: Facts

There are some definitive truths to support prejuvenation techniques. The main reason behind preventative Botox is to slow the process of fine lines developing into wrinkles and delay the signs of aging. There is evidence to suggest that injectables can help decrease visible signs of aging, and delay the onset of deeper wrinkles when administered correctly. Many people turn to Botox once they see the “11” lines form between the brows because it can stop the involuntary contractions that cause these lines to form. Another well-known fact is that modern-day Botox produces natural results for people of all ages. These natural-looking effects make it easier to maintain Botox injections because there is no obvious indication that any work has been done. When considering prejuvenation, it’s important to consider that results from Botox are not permanent. If you decide to begin prejuvenation injections, prepare yourself for upkeep. Like the decision to keep up with hair color or keep nails manicured, Botox is an investment in yourself.

Prejuvenation: Fiction

Just as it’s essential to know factual information behind any procedure, it’s also important to clear up any myths. While prejuvenation can delay signs of aging, it’s not a fountain of you. The idea that you’ll never age if you start Botox early enough isn’t accurate, so while you may be able to reduce the onset of deep wrinkles, some fine lines and wrinkles will continue to develop over an extended period of time. Many people also believe that the best time to start prejuvenation services is in your 30s, but if you are interested in seeing the best results, it is recommended that you actually begin Botox in your mid-20s to get ahead of the aging process. Finally, you cannot treat prejuvenation injections as a one-stop-shop for maintaining a youthful appearance. Putting time and effort into a regular skincare routine, a healthy diet, and consistent use of SPF is essential in maintaining a healthy glow.

The Bottom Line

Prejuvenation is a personal choice. Just as some choose to get regular facials or pedicures, starting Botox earlier in life is another aesthetic option. If you need help deciding, one of our knowledgeable staff members can meet with you to discuss if injectables or a different procedure is best for your needs.

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O’Neill Plastic Surgery offers a wide array of prejuvenation and rejuvenation services to meet your individual needs and desires. Our staff is committed, experienced, and works collaboratively to educate patients on the latest plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments. Request an appointment or call us at (843) 881-2130 to schedule a consultation today.

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About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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