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Botox rise linked to digital lifestyle

12th September 2012 Print

Medical experts at Court House Clinics believe the number of women in their 20s seeking Botox treatments is in part due to the rise of daily computer use and smart phone technology. The analytics company IDC recently reported smart phone shipments of 144.9 million in the 1st quarter of 2012 compared to 101.7 million units in Q1 in 2011. These figures along with societal pressure to look eternally young has led to a massive increase in the number of young women seeking Botox treatment.

"We have to accept that our lifestyles are changing as fast as the technology boom is altering our lives. Look around and we see people immersed in their mobiles. Also most people now work with computer screens. When you look at people using these devices they are concentrating hard. The natural reaction of the face when concentrating is the "frown" or screwing up of the eyes. If you over use any part of your face lines will develop. This can be seen with, for example, smokers where the lip area becomes more lined and creased. The new generation of young women are spending more time on these devices with the resultant consequences. Women are now more aware that they can help prevent these lines deepening with the use of treatments like Botox. It's not about age, it's about treating the individual and what is happening to their face and there has been a noted increase in younger women troubled by static frown lines in the last five years." Dr Patrick Bowler - Medical Director  Court House Clinics.

Dr Bowlers' theory is one supported by Dr Sebagh of the US who amongst other things has been responsible for treating celebrities like Cindy Crawford for wrinkles.  "The phenomenon of increased facial wrinkles can be seen on anyone who has and regularly checks a Blackberry or iPhone"Dr Sebagh, Quoted by in 2011.

Constantly peering down at a small screen such as the ones found on an iPhone, Blackberry or other handheld device has caused more facial wrinkles to appear in young women.  Dr Bowler believes that the continued overuse of this technology will lead to more and more people seeking Botox treatment at a far younger age then they normally should.

"From 2008 to present day we at Court House Clinics have seen a 410% increase in female patients who are taking up Botox in their 20s"