FDA has approved the use of restylane and botox starting at age 18. However, they are typically for patients from 30 to 55. Younger patients frequently request restylane for lip augmentation. Botox is rare for use before 30.
At What Age Can You Start Using Restylane or Botox?
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Restylane and Botox are commonly used after age 30.
Restylane is commonly used after age 30, and the FDA approval is for use after age 18. Some patients may need it earlier than their thirties, particularly if they have nasolabial folds that are very pronounced, and are genetically predisposed to this. Others may do it in their twenties for volume enhancement of very thin lips. Botox is injected to minimize lines resulting from facial expression, such as the frown lines and crows feet. They typically start showing in the mid to late twenties. The purpose of injecting at this age is to prevent deep lines and creases on the face, which are much more difficult to correct later on.
What age do patients start using Botox or Restylane?
Although most of our Botox and dermal filler patients are between 30 and 50, we do have some patients that like to use these products for preventative purposes in their 20's. The products are FDA approved for 18 years and older so there is no legal reason if you are at least 18 that you could not use them. It's more a matter of preference and need. If you and your practitioner think you could benefit, then any time is a good time.
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Age for Botox and Restylane
Botox is a drug used for three different groups:
1) Cosmetic - teenagers do not have wrinkles - no value there
2) Medical - Spastic Contractures - Botox has been used in Cerebral Palsy and other paralytic disease to help with the spastic contractues. Possibly for younger individuals
3) Functional - Axillary Sweating, Migraines, etc - would have to decide on a case by case basis.
1) Cosmetic - Wrinkles and insufficient Lips - probably not til they are 18.
2) Functional - Nasal deformity, Acne Scars - maybe in the mid teens
Different people start getting treatments at different...
Different people start getting treatments at different points in time.
FDA labeling of the products is for use in people age 18-64 with caution in anyone who is pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant or breast feeding. This is because studies to show safety and efficacy were not performed in patients younger than 18, older than 64, or pregnant, breast feeding, or possibly pregnant.
Is is safe in the other age groups? Possibly but there are no studies to say such and, if used, would be an off-label use of the product.
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