Serious Question: How Soon Is Too Soon to Get Botox?

Jessica Hagy

My name is Jessica, I am 26 years old, and I have one forehead with two wrinkles on it. One (whom I’ve named Ethel) is a deep line that slices horizontally across my forehead. The other is a flirty little, still-developing whisper of a crease directly above my right eyebrow.

If your wrinkle count is higher, I know what you’re thinking: “Please, stop complaining.” I get it. In thirty years, I’ll be peeling my skin off and wishing for the days when I could count wrinkles. But, if you’re new to the wrinkle game, you might understand my complete fixation with these newfound lines. As a non-smoking, water-obsessed, (mostly) healthy-eating, beauty product-addict, I’ve been slathering serums and sunscreen on my mug for years, and frankly, I’m a little pissed that these deep lines are already entering the equation. Yes, I know my way around a bottle of pinot noir, and I used to lay in the tanning beds in high school (sigh), but shouldn’t wrinkles be something reserved for your thirties and beyond?

Apparently not. Which is why many 20-somethings like myself are considering a cosmetic trend known as “preventative Botox.” When my obsession with my lines got too hard to handle, I decided to reach out to Jody Levine, MD, a dermatologist in NYC and national medical director of AOB Med Spa, to get the real skinny on whether these preventative measures work.

Keep scrolling to read what she had to say.

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