I'm a 32-year-old, and I'm thinking of having Botox for the first time. How often do people around my age need to get re-injected? Is it less, since my wrinkles are less severe, than let's say, a 50-year-old's? I wanted to inject Botox in between my eyebrows and maybe a little crow's feet. I have had a lot of sun exposure throughout the years, since I was a ski instructor for many years. I undergo occasional chemical peels to help with my melasma and hoped that some Botox could help with some of the wrinkles.
How Often Do Younger People Need Botox Injections?
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Age doesn't affect how frequently you should get Botox
Botox stops wrinkles by stopping muscle motion so that your body can fill in the area of the wrinkle with Botox. For anti-aging, it's best to get Botox again before the wrinkle actually comes back in order to prevent collagen damage. If you are just doing Botox for the look of it, you can generally get away with stretching it out until you notice the wrinkles again.
Age does not make a difference for Botox
Botox does not generally require different frequency of administration based on age. The number of units will differ depending on the muscle mass and depth of wrinkle, but most people, regardless of age, need to have Botox repeated every 4-5 months, sometimes less and sometimes more frequently.
The 'effects' of Botox may vary between patients
On average, most patients will notice that they will see a return of 'dynamic' wrinkles (those created from muscle contraction) by three months after injections of Botox.
Some patients do not want to see any movement or appearance of any wrinkles and may feel that Botox only lasts them 2-3 months, while other patients may say that their Botox lasted them 6-9 months, but upon examination you see a fair amount of movement.
In general, this is not dependent on age. You may find someone in their late 20's or early 30s with very animated wrinkles that are quite apparent with only little muscle contraction, while you may see a 60-year-old patient with few dynamic wrinkles.
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We frequently see patients who are in their early 30s with vertical glabeller frown lines. This group often benefits from botox injections for this problem. Under these circumstances, the patient's age doesn't appear to impact the duration of botox.
The duration of the response to botox varies from patient to patient and depends on a variety of factors. In the majority of patients , botox last for 3 to 4 months, but in some cases it may last only 2 months, while in other cases it may last up to 8 months.
These variations occur for several reasons. In some patients, the facial muscles may be unusually strong or large and for this reason botox wears off quickly. There may also be variations in the patient's aesthetic goals. Some patients may want a stronger effect from botox with obliteration of all facial lines of expression even during facial animation. While others may still want a more expressive face during animation. These aesthetic goals can affect how much botox is utilized and it’s duration of action. For these reasons it's important to make sure your aesthetic goals are understood by your practitioner.
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