This is something I often hear from my patients and actually, it’s a very important question. I think it is wonderful that people want to be well informed about the latest cosmetic techniques, knowing that each individual will need customized treatment.
I love when my patients ask questions! That shows me that they are taking the time to research the product and the process, which indicates that they want to take care of their health with non-invasive beauty treatments.
When it comes to the use of Botox, many people think that you should consider it only when you start seeing the first wrinkles on your skin. However, this is not necessarily true. Botox can be (and often is) used as a preventative treatment for wrinkles as well. So, who can determine the exact age when it’s medically advisable for people to start using this treatment?
In this article, I will share with you the benefits of Botox and how it can be used based on a person's age and their concerns.
At this age, many people think that there is no need to worry about the skin at all. However, this is the stage when we start losing hydration all over our skin, not only in our faces. In this manner, it’s recommendable to treat lines of expression when they begin to appear.
It’s very natural that you see some lines of expression when you smile or frown, you don’t have to worry about those. But if you still see them while your face is resting and relaxed, you should consider getting initial Botox treatments.
This situation doesn’t happen to everyone at the same age. For some people starts in the mid-twenties while others after 30. Anyone under 25 most likely will not need or benefit from Botox. In fact, it’s very uncommon applying Botox treatments under that age. However, facial lines may appear prematurely due to genetic or hereditary components.
The idea of applying Botox at a younger age is to use it as a preventative measure - to avoid getting fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing the muscle and the overlying skin. If you are in this stage, is very important that the person who is performing the procedure is honest with you about whether or not you will benefit from Botox. It’s a patients' responsibility to be informed about all of the implications of this treatment. I will contribute to that by providing vital information about these procedures in this blog.
At this point in our lives, we start to see the consequences of sun damage in our skin. As I mentioned before, if you are genetically predisposed to wrinkles on the face, in your 30s, you will notice how this has affected your skin. If you are constantly frowning at the brow, it’s a good idea to start this treatment. For prophylaxis, if someone is taking care of their skin, using Botox in their 30s is very recommended.
At this stage, the treatment that you will receive won’t be preventive anymore, so you need to ask for the amount of Botox and the frequency you need according to your conditions and preferences.
Defining the most appropriate age to start using Botox will depend very much on the lifestyle that you follow, in relation to how often you expose your skin to the sun and your level of protection. The color of your skin also influences when women start to use Botox. For fair skin, it can be between 30-40 years while darker skin types it may be between 40 and 45.
The age when you should start using Botox is based on each individual. There are no rules to follow when it comes to the “right” age to start. What is very important is that you pay attention to your lines of expression and wrinkles. As soon as you start noting that they are becoming more prominent, it’s time that you visit your aesthetic provider and identify which type of treatment would be best for your type of skin and daily activities.
I can give you a small but effective clue on this matter: Look at the dynamic of your wrinkles. When the "movement wrinkles" on the upper part of the face start to linger after it has stopped moving, this may be a good time to start using Botox.
Remember that you should always consult with your provider before receiving any beauty treatment, even if they are non-invasive because you need to know if you and your skin are healthy enough to accept and process these substances. Many things can affect the dose of Botox you need, such as the body weight, medical conditions and the consumption of other medication.
Being well- informed and disciplined is the key to having the best results!