(2006-08-01) Vol. 16, No. 8, P. 161; Kron, Joan
A report presented at an American Academy of Dermatology meeting by UCLA associate clinical professor of head and neck surgery
Dr. William Binder claims beginning Botox during the mid-20s may prevent forehead wrinkles that happen as one gets older.
A comparison of 38-year-old twins–one who had Botox injections in her forehead three times per year for 13 years and one who just had two injections in that same time period, revealed that the treated twin did not have vertical frown lines in her forehead at rest, while not frowning, three months after her final treatment. In pictures of her sister, the forehead was definitely covered with frown lines, the result of numerous muscle contractions. Cornell University Weill Medical College associate professor of surgery Dr. Alan Gold, though, wonders whether preventive treatments are worth the time and cost, recommending patients to wait until forehead wrinkles are initially apparent when not frowning. "At that point, the visible changes are still reversible," he states.