Some millennials keen on preserving their youth are turning to Botox to smooth away hints of creases on their faces before they become more pronounced.

A recent survey of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery members reported a surge in patients under 30 getting “preventative Botox.”

And it appears to be a broader trend. Toronto-based cosmetic plastic surgeon Cory Torgerson whose practice focuses on the face and neck said he’s “definitely seeing” it.

“The (millennials) are cued in to preventative maintenance and are engaging in injectable cosmetic procedures more commonly in their 20s and 30s,” said Torgerson.

In the U.S. survey, 64 per cent of members reported an increase in millennial patients getting injectable treatments or cosmetic surgery. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that Botox treatments for people between the ages of 19 to 34 shot up by 41 per cent between 2011 and 2015. The trend doesn’t surprise Candace Shaw, a Toronto-based feminist and cultural commentator.

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