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Upstate plastic surgeon says Botox clientele getting younger

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A patient receives a Botox injection. (Courtesy: AP images) A patient receives a Botox injection. (Courtesy: AP images)

At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery in Greenville, a growing trend with younger patients in their twenties and thirties is catching on, and it's called preventative Botox.

"I got into this industry because I had really bad skin, really sensitive skin, really acne prone skin," said Leslie Haas, who works at the practice and is also a patient. 

Leslie Haas got her first Botox treatment at just 25 years old, to help with acne and to decrease signs of aging.

"It's so much easier to keep damage from happening then to reverse it," said Haas.

She said in weeks, the wrinkles were gone. Now, at 30, she maintains injections in her forehead, middle brow, and the sides of her eyes only two times a year. 

"It's a little addictive but then it's also it's a great feeling, because what else can you do for your body and your skin that takes five minutes but lasts for several months?" said Haas. 

Dr. Thomas McFadden is the plastic surgeon and owner of the practice. He said the younger patients get Botox to maintain their skin and not let wrinkles get too bad. 

"Minimize the formation of deep wrinkles over time over a period of years, there have actually been many studies of people who have Botox for 15 or more years, and actually the wrinkles get better," said Dr.McFadden.

Upstate dermatologist, Dr. John Humeniuk said he's not surprised that the younger generations are getting Botox. 

"I think the old story of we're in a quote 'youth environment' and you want to be as young as you can and so I think you have to be realistic with the patient, most people don't need it at that point," said Dr. Humeniuk.

He called Botox a "marvelous innovation", that has medical purposes as well as cosmetic.

"We also use it for people with migraines, helps control migraine attacks. It's also used for hyper sweating problems," he said.

Humeniuk recommends to his patients the best way to avoid wrinkles is to protect yourself from the sun by all means possible. 

Dr. McFadden said they only give patients as much as they need, and said they treat most people with less than the recommended doses. And although he said cosmetic Botox for non medical purposes is not covered by insurance, he said the Botox at their office doesn't cost too much. 

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