Millennials and Botox

13News Now David Alan looked into the growing number of millennials receiving botox injections.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Botox: It isn't just for baby boomers anymore.

Today an increasing number of millennials are turning to the drug to try and hold off the aging process.

The things we’ll do to try and look young.

Tessa Bivens is a 25-year old medical scribe, who decided to try Botox to be wrinkle-free now and to keep the wrinkles away in years to come.

“I had been reading up a bit on preventative Botox treatment,” Bivens told 13News Now, explaining that years in the sun have taken a toll on her skin.

Neale Ford is a Registered Nurse Injector.

“Nowadays with Botox you can customize it to the result the patient wants,” Ford said.

The drug is injected using very small needles, and 13News Now was with Bivens on a day when she was getting five injections to deal with the lines between her eyebrows.

“A very good friend of mine has done it and has had amazing results,” Bivens stated.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says the majority of Botox users are in their 40’s and 50’s, but in 2015, more than a million injections were performed on people in their 30’s, millennials, and more than a hundred thousand people in their 20s, embraced Botox.

It’s a trend Ford sees in her patients in Virginia Beach.  In fact, she said she’s seen their mothers, and now she’s starting to see their daughters.

Bivens told us she didn’t feel any peer pressure to get Botox, and she has no regrets about sharing her story. She said if she simply were concerned about taking better selfies, she’d use a filter. For Bivens, it's about her self-confidence.

“It’s a personal thing. I know that it’s just a little insecurity of mine. I think after Botox I’ll be a lot more confident," Bivens explained. She said if she likes the results, she may get more Botox and work on the lines on her forehead, realizing it’s easier to prevent wrinkles than to repair them.

”I’ve heard the procedure has been very well tolerated, and there’s not a lot of side effect, so, I thought it was just better to jump on the train than to be the last one,” Bivens explained.

The treatment likely would run between $250 and $350. Because she’s young, Bivens only will need her injections once or twice a year compared to three to four times for older folks.      
 

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