During and since the publication of the Keogh Review, there has been much discussion over the use and regulation of cosmetic procedures, with a lot of focus on unregulated non-invasive procedures. The recommendations have centred around introducing regulation regarding who can offer such procedures, as well as regulating the products themselves.

It did not go as far as recommending age restrictions for these treatments however, and it’s a question the industry itself sometimes raises. The rise in the number of people in their twenties seeking Botox, and in some cases even fillers, has been well-documented. But is it necessary at that age, and should caution be exercised?

There are generally two points of view on the matter – either that Botox can be a useful preventative measure or that it is unwise to treat at this age and that it can even cause some immunity to the procedure.

Reality shows like TOWIE, that openly discuss and even televise such procedures, are perhaps helping to pave the way for young people to follow suit and subscribe to anti-ageing procedures (or, arguably, the shows are merely reflecting reality). But either way it’s a trend that is showing no signs of abating.

There is something to be said of Botox as a preventative measure – by freezing the muscles it means they are being used less frequently and so the lack of movement will mean wrinkles aren’t being created. Proponents of early Botox use cite this as the primary reason for its efficacy as this age.

However, some studies have revealed that early or heavy use can result in the muscles becoming reliant on the injections, in which case greater and greater doses are required to achieve the same effect. Those who are concerned with the psychological effects of too much plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures worry that it increases the likelihood of people becoming addicted to it.

Most practitioners will exercise restraint and not offer Botox where there are no wrinkles present. However often fine lines can occur during the twenties and so use at this age continues to be debated.

Cosmetic Courses offer training in Botox treatment, as well as a range of other non-surgical procedures, to medical professionals entering the aesthetic industry. For details on any of our courses, contact the team on 01844 390110 or email [email protected]