My name is Jessica, I’m 26 years old, and I have one forehead with two wrinkles on it. One (whom I’ve named Ethel) is a deep line that slices horizontally across my forehead. The other is a flirty, still-developing whisper of a crease directly above my right eyebrow.

If your wrinkle count is higher, I know what you’re thinking: “Please, stop complaining.” I get it. In 30 years, I’ll be wishing for the days when I could count wrinkles. But, if you’re new to the wrinkle game, you might understand my complete fixation with these newfound lines. As a non-smoking, water-obsessed, (mostly) healthy-eating, beauty addict, I’ve been slathering serums and sunscreen on my mug for years, and I’m a little pissed that these deep lines are already entering the equation. Yes, I know my way around a bottle of pinot, and I used to lay in the tanning beds before prom in high school (sigh), but I thought I had more time…

Apparently not. Which is why many 20-somethings like myself are considering a cosmetic trend known as preventative Botox. When my obsession with my lines got too hard to handle, I decided to reach out to Jody Levine, MD, a dermatologist in NYC and national medical director of AOB Med Spa, to get the real skinny on whether these preventative measures work. Keep scrolling to read what she had to say.

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