What is the best age to start using Botox? (photo)
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Best age to start using Botox
The first of these facets of aging to become apparent are the skin changes, specifically, dynamic wrinkles from repeated muscular movements. Since this is one of the first signs of aging, it is often the first addressed, and is often sought by younger patients. The treatment for this is Botox and other neuromodulators.
That begs the question, when is the ideal time to start? This topic has been hotly debated, and the thought paradigm has shifted over time to include younger and younger patients. When Botox first became popular in the late 80s and early 90s, no one would dream of treating somebody in their 20s. Today that is not the case, and many think that starting Botox early can actually be beneficial to long-term aging and preventative for future cosmetic needs.
The act of repeatedly folding a sheet is an excellent analogy, if it gets folded in the same place again and again over time, that wrinkle will become permanent. If you can somehow prevent that sheet from getting folded in the same place, that wrinkle will remain dynamic, and not become permanent. Neuromodulators, like Botox, prevent the dynamic wrinkles from being there at all, and in the process prevent them from becoming permanent.
The long-term side effects that you bring up are also an interesting question, we know in medicine that if a muscle does not stay connected to its motor nerve, it atrophies or get smaller. Neuromodulators disconnect the muscle and nerve junction in a chemical manner, and with repeated use over time this may also lead to atrophy. If this does happen, most people aren't too bothered by it, because that was the muscle they were targeting to quit moving in the first place. Nonetheless, you definitely have to find a sweet spot.
In summary, I'd say that if it's something that bothers you, you are ready and you are not too young. Appropriate use of a neuromodulator may even be beneficial to your long-term aging and future cosmetic needs.
BOTOX® to Maintain Your Appearance
For BOTOX® Cosmetic use, there is no minimum age requirement. In fact, I would say that your early 30s is the perfect time to take the first step in maintaining your youthful appearance with a BOTOX regimen.
BOTOX is made with a purified protein that, when injected into a targeted facial muscle, blocks the nerve impulses to that muscle. As a result, the muscle relaxes and the skin lies smooth, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Results last about 3 to 4 months, and once the treatment wears off, your wrinkles will return as they were.
BOTOX will not cause wrinkles to worsen over time or cause premature aging. Because treatment is repeatable, you will be able to maintain your new look. If you decide to stop treatments, there will be no long-term effects on your facial appearance. I invite you to continue your journey by exploring the answers to any other questions you might have on the BOTOX page of my website.
Best of luck with your treatment.
Best age to start using Botox?
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I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.
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Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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We have many clients your age that start getting Botox treatments. There is no magic age to start Botox, but what we have found is that the earlier you start treating problem areas the better your results. It will take less Botox to achieve your goals, and as the muscle gets weakened it will prevent your wrinkles from deepening in the future as you get older. As for the long term side effects, rest assured, as Botox is extremely safe when done in the right hands. I hope this helps to answer your question. To check out before and after pictures of some of the patients we have treated with Botox click the link below. Best of luck.
How Young for Botox?
One key question is whether there is something (like the crow's feet lines in your picture) that is bothering you. In this case, you are a good candidate fro the procedure and Botox will help very much to reduce or eliminate the lines.
The second issue is a preventative one. If a patient is concerned about developing wrinkles (forehead, crow's feet or otherwise) they will often request the product as a way to avoid getting the lines.
Both situations help determine when Botox (or Dysport) is right for you. We think you are a good candidate so now is as good a time as ever!
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Other factors include:
1.Patients with thicker dermal skin such as those with African, Asian or Indian heritage create wrinkles later.
2.Those patients who show more expression will require wrinkle fillers and relaxers sooner to diminish the effects of more permanent lines.
Botox disables the nerve adjacent to a muscle which creates an expression line. By relaxing the muscle, your expression can be rebalanced to provide a happier, more open look than a wrinkled, sour or aged appearance. It will elevate the brow and open the eye as well.
Botox cannot "fill" or reduce passive lines, wrinkles or folds which are not created by a underlying muscle; so you will need to consider fillers to “volumize”, Sculptra to firm and retinols / lasers / peels to tighten the skin.
All in all, these options should be considered when they bother you and not when you reach a particular age. Botox as with any decision has benefits, side-effects and risks. I know of no long term side-effect with Botox cosmetic use. The aging process continues but when used compliantly, the options I have mentioned will reduce the need for more invasive procedures sooner.
I hope this was helpful. All the best!
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