Dermal Fillers – Is it a Good Treatment Option For Teens and Youth?
When people think about Botox and dermal fillers in general, they tend to have a lot of preconceived notions about the types of people who use these treatments and their reasons for doing so. Often, the cultural images of these patients are the wealthy, older women, chasing their youth and beauty. In reality, the people who use these treatments spread across a number of different groups.
As the procedures become more common place, they have become much more affordable to people of all social classes. Furthermore, men are increasingly turning to them as a way to maintain their youth and vigor with no social stigmas. Yet, perhaps the group of people that is most often turning to them is young people.
The key reason many young people turn to Botox or dermal fillers goes beyond beauty or obliterating wrinkles, lines, or dimples associated with age. Instead of restoring the face after years of aging, these treatments can actually repair defects and imperfections that have existed since birth.
While young people can heal with time from most injuries, a number of injuries we encounter when we are young can affect our appearance for life. Beyond affecting our appearances, occasionally wrinkles and folds can affect the mobility of our faces and bodies. These treatments, when used by trained professionals, can often correct these defects, either permanently or at least temporarily, offering some relief.
However, these procedures are not right for all teens and young adults. Many of the defects that afflict young people will naturally decrease or disappear with age. Since bodies naturally grow and change with age, it’s difficult to say where the body and face may end up. Before deciding to use these procedures, teens should be counseled to understand how their bodies and body image may change with time.
While there are many benefits to the use of Botox and dermal fillers in teens and young adults, there are of course some risks. To understand if these treatments are the correct course of action, teens should consult with both their general physician and a trained expert in dermal fillers before proceeding. Depending upon the local and state laws, young people may need to get parental approval before getting any sort of significant treatment.
Hopefully as the use of Botox and dermal fillers becomes grows, so to will our understanding about the benefits and risks associated with these groundbreaking health and beauty tools.