More Millennials Are Getting Botox – Is It Right for You?
- Posted on: Feb 26 2019
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), millennials – aka the Selfie Generation – love their Botox® and dermal fillers. In fact, ASPS stats reveal the demand for cosmetic procedures by 20-29 year-olds has skyrocketed, with surgeons seeing a 28% increase in Botox and 32% increase in dermal filler treatments from 2010-17. But are these aesthetic procedures really necessary – not to mention safe – at such an early age?
Like other plastic surgeons, Key-Whitman Cosmetic Center’s Dallas oculofacial plastic surgeon Priya Kalyam has noticed a “Botox Fever” of sorts, where an increasing number of younger people are requesting Botox in her practice.
Dr. Kalyam explains why more younger people are getting Botox and fillers.
How safe is Botox?
Dr. Kalyam is a proponent of Botox and fillers when the procedures are performed in line with FDA-approved standards and patients have realistic expectations. However, she does caution that Botox and fillers aren’t a good fit for everyone. For example, women who are pregnant and people who have autoimmune diseases like lupus shouldn’t get Botox or fillers. Dr. Kalyam also won’t inject Botox in a patient more frequently than the FDA standards recommend.
As she explains, “Some patients get addicted to procedures like Botox and believe they will look better by increasing the frequency of treatments – but that’s when complications happen. We stick to the FDA-approved standards for Botox, which includes injecting only once every three months. We also don’t dilute injectable materials, a practice that is both risky and less effective. Beware this may be what you get with certain low-price Botox offers, so ask if the Botox has been diluted.”
Consult a trained physician before getting Botox or fillers – there ARE risks
Due to the complexity of the eye structure, and the risk of cosmetic injections affecting the health, it is prudent to seek guidance from physicians who supervise clinics and businesses that offer services like Botox and fillers. Dr. Kalyam has helped patients after they went to other clinics without direct physician supervision, where they suffered the consequences of improperly handled Botox and other injectables. These harmful results ranged from unnecessary bruising to vision loss to stroke. She has even published a paper on the topic in the journal Ophthalmic Plastic Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Kalyam performs and directly supervises Botox and other injectables at the Key-Whitman Cosmetic Center. She is an oculoplastic surgeon who trained in ophthalmology and also completed extensive plastic surgery training, specializing in the mid-face and above, including the eyes and the orbital region. The in-depth knowledge that trained physicians like Dr. Kalyam possess helps ensure a positive outcome – both safety-wise and aesthetically.
As she explains, “Knowledge of the anatomy is extremely important, especially around the eyes. The function of the eyelid is very complex. You also need to know where the muscles, nerves, veins and arteries are located and avoid those regions when you’re trying to inject and treat in those areas. While no provider can see what’s under the skin, experienced oculofacial plastic surgeons have studied the anatomy extensively and can treat allergic reactions and other complications promptly should they occur.”
Experience also matters: Dr. Kalyam has performed several thousand cosmetic and surgical procedures during her career and is known for both her skill and artistry, which helps optimize the patient’s aesthetic results.
Younger patients may also consider Botox to prevent wrinkles
Aside from boosting self-confidence, one of the biggest benefits many millennials experience from Botox is the prevention of static wrinkles – those deep creases that develop as we age. It’s true that preventive Botox can be performed to help prevent wrinkles from taking hold.
Dr. Kalyam discusses how one patient’s mother influenced her to get preventive Botox.
According to Dr. Kalyam, “There are different types of wrinkles. Static wrinkles are those you might have seen on an 80-year-old who has deep creases across the forehead. Those deep wrinkles occur due to lost volume. Preventive Botox helps with the dynamic wrinkles (the wrinkles that move when we’re expressing ourselves and squinting) and deepen over time. By getting Botox at a younger age, you help prevent those deep set wrinkles from forming in the first place.”
Put your face in the right hands to optimize results
When it comes to looking your best, consult a trained physician who specializes in cosmetic procedures, like Dr. Kalyam. An experienced oculofacial surgeon is your best bet for determining whether Botox or another cosmetic procedure may be beneficial and safe for you.
If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and would like to find out if you’re a good candidate for Botox, dermal fillers or another cosmetic procedure, you can talk directly to Dr. Kalyam. To schedule a confidential consultation, please call 214-220-3937 or set up an appointment online. Dr. Kalyam sees patients at Key-Whitman Cosmetic Center in Dallas, as well as Key-Whitman’s Arlington, Plano and Rockwall locations.
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ABOUT DR. KALYAM:
Priya Kalyam, M.D. specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive oculofacial plastic surgery.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers School of Engineering and her Doctor of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Kalyam then completed her Residency in Ophthalmology at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a two-year Fellowship with the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) at the prestigious Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Kalyam is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is experienced in all areas of general ophthalmology and has completed advanced training in eyelid, orbit, tear duct system and facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. When she isn’t treating patients, she enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle and spending time with her husband.