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JAMA Dermatology Addresses Prejuvenation

Posted: October 8, 2013
JAMA Dermatology Addresses Prejuvenation

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“I’ve got one wrinkle and as soon as I got it, I went in and got a filler, but it was painful and made me have a headache,” she says. “I’m not going to do the filler again.”

But not everyone is hip to hip-checking wrinkles before they start.

Harper says her parents are unhappy with her early cosmetic treatments and she’s even lost a relationship over it.

“Some people just don’t agree with you altering your body,” she says. “They feel God made you how you’re supposed to be made. But I feel God also made plastic surgeons.”

And not all plastic surgeons are comfortable with the concept of “prejuvenation.”

“For the average person to start using botulinum toxin type A in their twenties is overkill,” says Arthur Perry, MD, a board certified plastic surgeon with offices in New York and New Jersey. “There’s a variability in the wrinkles and thinning of the skin, so to do it before the late thirties is probably unnecessary in the vast majority of people.”

Plus the procedures are pricey, he adds. Botulinum toxin type A shots in three areas—the forehead, the area between the eyebrows and the crows’ feet—would average between $500 and $1,500 per treatment, says Perry.