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Too Young for Botox?

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Somewhere in your 20's you may begin to see the signs of aging, but when is it okay to start using Botox?
Air Date: 8/12/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Peter D. Geldner, MD
Peter GeldnerLeading the charge in life-changing enhancement and progressive, patient-focused care, Peter D. Geldner, MD, is one of Chicago's premier plastic surgeons and founder of The Geldner Center in Chicago, IL. With more than 20 prestigious years in the field and specializing in cosmetic surgery of the breast, body, and face, Dr. Geldner collaborates with patients to assure the proper procedure is performed and the best results are achieved.

Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1993, Dr. Geldner serves as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is also Clinical Instructor at the University of Chicago, Department of Surgery, Section of Plastic Surgery.

A native of Warsaw, Poland and raised in Israel, Dr. Geldner immigrated to the United States at age six and went on to attend Johns Hopkins University. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Science, Dr. Geldner continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison Medical School. Upon graduation, his training led him to the University of Chicago where he served as a General Surgery Resident and began his plastic surgery residency. Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Dr. Geldner furthered his experience at Wayne State University in Detroit and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he completed his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery. However, the pull of the Windy City drew Dr. Geldner back to the Midwest, as he honed his expertise at Michael Reese Hospital, near the South Side, ultimately becoming the Chief of Plastic Surgery prior to its closure. Additional hospital affiliations include Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago.

In 2003, Dr. Geldner opened The Geldner Center to practice and provide plastic surgery in a concierge setting, ensuring the best interest of patients remain at the forefront of care and treatment plans. It is the discovery of each patient's goal – and how Dr. Geldner can best meet such requests – that he finds most rewarding.

Under the direction of Dr. Geldner and his colleague, Lawrence H. Iteld, M.D., The Geldner Center has emerged as the premier practice of plastic, reconstructive, cosmetic surgery and aesthetic procedures, with a unique concierge characteristic that prioritizes patients' needs clinically, emotionally, and logistically. With two locations (Chicago and Hinsdale) that boast an impressive offering of services, highly qualified and personable doctors, staff and esthetician, and an unparalleled level of commitment, accessibility, and attention to patients, The Geldner Center has established itself as a leader in the field, while cultivating a loyal clientele and consistent referral process.

A nationally recognized expert in plastic and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Geldner has appeared in numerous publications and media outlets, including: ABC, Fox News, NBC, WGN, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Social, Chicago Tribune, Life & Style Weekly, The Learning Channel, the Jenny Jones Show, and Larry King Live. Dr. Geldner is the former President of the Chicago Society of Plastic Surgeons and proudly serves as an active member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons. Also a published author, Dr. Geldner has been recognized as one of Castle Connelly America's Top Surgeons and Top Plastic Surgeons in 2008 and 2009, as well as a Castle Connelly Top Doctor in 2008 and 2009. He resides with his wife and two sons in River Forest.
Too Young for Botox?
Somewhere in your 20's you may begin to see the signs of aging: little wrinkles here and there, crows feet around the eyes, laugh lines.  But when is it okay to start using Botox?

Aging is the most natural process that you go through and it is evidenced in your skin. Thankfully there's Botox. Over the last couple decades, Botox has become very popular. More and more women in their 20's are even taking the Botox approach for a more youthful appearance.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2012 there were 6.1 million injections performed. Of those, almost 100,000 were for people in their 20s, which was a 10 percent raise from the previous year.

The reason behind the increase is that Botox is used as a preventative way to stop wrinkles from becoming permanent. The injections help by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles in order to stop wrinkles from forming. Some studies claim that you can retrain your muscles if you start using Botox at an earlier age. So, is it premature to start using Botox in your 20's or a wise beauty investment?

Plastic surgeon, Dr. Peter Geldner, MD, discusses Botox and why younger women are jumping on board with getting injections. He also shares information on when it is too young to start the injections and any risks for starting at an early age.