It’s the latest beauty trend; millennials going under the needle.
“Raise your eyebrows for me,” Nurse Practitioner Jeanna Parker said as she prepared to do an injection on 26-year-old Kimberly Recinella at her business, Bella Visage Medical & Aesthetic Rejuvenation.
Recinella is a registered nurse in Tampa who has made injections part of her beauty routine.
“My goal is just preventative care. It’s not that I think I’m 26 and I have all these wrinkles,” Recinella said.
And she’s not alone. Injections for 19 to 34 year olds jumped a whopping 41 percent between 2011 and 2015.
“When you start when you’re 21 and you have this really great load of collagen and dermis, then by keeping that smooth, it’s preventing that wrinkle from even forming,” Parker said that’s why she sees more millennials going under the needle.
“You may feel in here a little bit of a crunch as it goes into the muscle. That is our target,” Parker said as she put the needle into Recinella’s skin.
Parker said preventing or masking forehead wrinkles tends to be the main reason more millennials see her for injections.
“I think that that’s the biggest thing they love about being treated is that, that forehead is completely smooth,” Parker said.
WFLA also spoke with Dr. Daniel Westawski, who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Lakeland Regional, to find out if it is safe to get the procedure at a younger age.
“It’s a well-researched drug,” Westawski said. “They’re using it for medical issues and migraine patients.
Those patients are getting hundreds of units. The amount I’m putting around the corner of an eye for anybody, young or old for crows feet, is 10 units. Once it wears off in three months it’s gone. And there’s no leftovers from it.”
Westawski said side effects are more common in older people who get injections more frequently.
“Older folks in their 60s, 70s, who have been doing it almost religiously every three months for years, you can definitely see some atrophy of the muscles. So they can get some temporal wasting, some thinning around the bone of the corner of the eye. For those folks we back off injections and add some fillers. For a young person, they’re not doing it often enough to the point where that would happen,” he said.
Recinella told WFLA she started getting injections two years ago, and goes back every six months. Each visit she spends around $150 for the procedure.
She said it’s worth every pinch and every penny to look and feel her best. “When I get it done my face looks fresh. I look youthful and my skin looks great,” Recinella said.
How does it work?
There are two types of injectables: Neuromuscular toxins (Botox) and soft tissue fillers (Juvaderm and Restylane)
Botox works by blocking the release of the chemical that causes muscles to contract. It is administered into overactive facial muscles and works differently than wrinkle fillers. It blocks the body’s chemicals that cause wrinkle-causing facial muscle contractions. By preventing the contractions, the wrinkle that comes with it is prevented.
Dermal fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid, and thus attract water into the injected area, providing volume and fullness to the skin and soft tissues of the face. This helps to replace lost volume and restore youthful contours to the skin by smoothing facial wrinkles and folds.
Westawski suggests that injections should only be part of a healthy skincare routine.
“It is best using combination, like any other ingredient. I tell my patients that when you’re making something like a soup, you’re using more than one ingredient, and your skincare it’s not just the Botox. You need to add topicals, you need to do self care, you need to exercise. I don’t think anything gets more blood supply to the skin than actual exercise does. Also the usuals, healthy diet, exercise program, taking care of your skin, sunscreen obviously for all kinds of protections. Sun damage is so bad for aging,” he said.