Premature Botox Can Make You Look Older

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Getting botox prematurely can
make you look older.

The horrifying story of a stage mom giving her 8-year-old daughter Botox, thankfully, turned out to be a bizarre hoax—but even if the tween crowd hasn’t hit the anti-aging injections, women not much older have embraced them fully.

However, according to the Telegraph, starting on a Botox regime too young might not be such a good idea: It can actually make you look older.

“What was intended as an anti-ageing treatment for men and women with moderate to severe frown lines is now increasingly used by men and women in their early 20s as a ‘preventative,’” writes cosmetic specialist Darren McKeown. “But the trend misses one crucial point: There is no evidence that in the long term Botox works as a preventative, nor is there any license to use it as such.”

McKeown goes on to say that using Botox as a pre-emptive treatment can do more harm than good, writing that “long-term overuse of the drug can lead to atrophy of the muscles, which can be particularly noticeable around the eyes, where the face can appear inadvertently aged—despite the lack of wrinkles.”

FashionEtc consulted Dr. Tina S. Alster, director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and a clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center, for a second opinion.

“I do not advocate the cosmetic use of Botox in children or teens, due in large part to the fact that it is unnecessary and because its cosmetic use has only been studied for safety and efficacy in adults,” Alster wrote in an email.

“While the assertion that the early use of Botox injections can prophylactically reduce the appearance of movement-associated wrinkles is reasonable, it is often unnecessary, given the fact that most early movement-associated lines can be reversed with Botox injections," she said. "Thus, in my opinion, it is prudent to wait for [wrinkles’] early emergence before initiation of injections.”

In layman’s terms? Lay off the botulinum toxin until wrinkles appear—or take the advice of the always-gorgeous Diane von Furstenberg, who says she's always liked wrinkles. Your skin will thank you.

In related news, see which young Hollywood beauty has been under pressure to get Botox.