by Amy Wicks
Fairchild Archive If you're in your 20s and getting periodic injections of Botox, you're definitely not alone. I was pretty surprised to find out that among women in their 20s Botox use is up 10 percent, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. I may be on my own here, but getting Botox at such a young age sounds a little extreme.
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For the uninitiated, Botox is injected using a needle. The toxins basically freeze your wrinkles and fine lines. It's commonly used in areas where lines begin to show up, such as around the mouth and eyebrows. The full effect of the Botox doesn't show up on your face for at least a week, so if you're looking for a quick, overnight fix, this isn't the way to go.
"Because you are injecting small amounts of liquid, you can notice some bruising or swelling, which goes away in 24 hours," Dr. Brian Bonanni told Yahoo. "The full effect of Botox takes a couple of days. They normally say three to five days, and the full effects can take up to two weeks. It's different for everyone." Each procedure costs hundreds of dollars, depending on how much you get.
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I haven't had Botox, but a few of my friends in their 20s have, and the results are mixed. I wouldn't say they resemble the Real Housewives of New York City, but I do miss seeing their actual facial expressions when I tell a joke! Maybe they just went to the wrong doctor.
Does getting Botox in your 20s sound a little aggressive to you? Or is this something you've tried and loved the results? Discuss!
Update: Tuesday afternoon the American Society of Plastic Surgeons provided more recent demographic data.
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by Amy Wicks