The Best Age to Add Botox to Your Beauty Regimen
“When should I start getting Botox?” It’s a question a lot of people ask themselves. Is it 30, 40 or somewhere in between? The truth is, as soon as you start seeing wrinkles you should consider facial injections not only as a quick fix but a preventative measure, regardless of your age.
If you want Botox to be part of your arsenal, the best time to start is when the lines in your face are as yet either unformed or minimally visible. You’ll get the maximum benefit if you start before you’re deeply wrinkled. Once wrinkles are deep, Botox can help soften them, but it won’t eliminate them.
Botox is a good wrinkle eraser – for certain areas – that lasts 4-6 months. A proven and safe injectable medication, Botox blocks muscle contraction and hence reduces creases in the skin attached to the underlying muscle. Botox does good work on the horizontal forehead lines, the vertical lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet around the outer part of the eye that reach toward the temples. Now the question as to when the best age to start is really depends on what you see when you look in the mirror. Here in Arizona, where the sun wreaks havoc on the non-sunscreen protected skin, there are some patients in their late 20s and early 30s who have significant wrinkling on the forehead, between the eyebrows and “squint lines” around the eyes. If you look into that mirror and are unhappy with what the mirror shows you, there is help available. Age itself is never the governing factor in the decision for a cosmetic procedure.
No matter how many lotions or anti-aging creams you use, wrinkles are inevitable. If you smile, frown, or make any expression with your face (even squinting at the sun), you will develop laugh lines, brow lines, lines across your forehead, lines around your eyes, etc. They’re a fact of life, and although there are ways to minimize them, we will all get them eventually. It is true, though, that if you begin using Botox and fillers in your 20s, creases and wrinkles will be slower to develop. That doesn’t mean they won’t; it just means they will take some more time to show. Also, since these fillers are only temporary, you’re signing yourself up for a lifetime of repeat treatments, at several hundred dollars a pop. Starting now, however, you can easily protect yourself from the biggest wrinkle maker: sun damage. Wearing a moisturizer with an SPF 30 will help keep the years (and wrinkles) from piling up on your face – no Botox needed. If you’ve already seen the effects of sun damage and age in your face, contact our office today to see how you could benefit from Botox.