Are you ready to experience the benefits of Botox? What is a good age to start? We recommend this treatment to anyone who wants to achieve smoother skin and fewer wrinkles. In addition to providing injectables, Dustin C. Derrick, MD is the lead plastic surgeon at Cosmetic Surgery of DFW for Mommy Makeovers in Fort Worth TX.
What Is the Right Age to Get Botox Injections?
Botox can treat people from a wide range of ages. It is effective for people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. Read on, and we’ll give you some more info that will help you decide what age is best for you.
What Is Botox?
This treatment is one of the best ways to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. It was first introduced in 2002. Since then, it has skyrocketed in popularity to become the most widely sought-out treatment of its kind. The reason for its effectiveness is that it addresses the cause of fine lines and wrinkles with botulinum toxin. This substance temporarily relaxes the muscles that are responsible for many of the signs of aging.
Today, many people start this treatment in their 20s or early 30s. To understand why it can be effective at this age, it’s helpful to know how it works and why we get wrinkles in the first place.
How Does Skin Change Over Time?
As you get older, your skin will experience many changes that occur naturally. Today, skincare experts understand why this happens and how to best treat the fine lines and wrinkles that appear. While most people inevitably get some creases, Botox offers a way to significantly rejuvenate the skin. Here’s why our skin starts to look different after our mid-20s:
We Lose Natural Fillers and Important Proteins
Our skin contains several substances that keep it tight and smooth. The most important are:
- Hyaluronic Acid
Collagen gives our skin its structure and helps repair damage from environmental elements, such as the sun. Collagen is actually the most abundant protein in our body, which says something about its importance. Elastin is another essential protein. It forms connective tissue and keeps our skin elastic. We maintain healthy hydration levels with hyaluronic acid, which binds moisture to our skin.
When we are young, we produce collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid in generous quantities. As a result, our skin is hydrated, elastic, and able to renew itself effectively. As we get older, we produce less and less of these three elements. Additionally, our skin becomes thinner and more prone to dryness. Mature skin has fewer lipids and less blood flow, meaning that we get fewer of the nutrients we need to stay fresh-looking. In these conditions, fine lines and wrinkles can develop more easily, and they appear more visible.
Muscle Contractions Cause Fine Lines and Wrinkles
How do the signs of aging actually appear after these changes occur? The answer is in the way we use our skin every day. When we make facial expressions or mechanical movements such as chewing, our skin folds to allow us to move.
Younger skin can accommodate these muscle contractions without wrinkling because its appearance is maintained by collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. When these substances start to subside, fine lines and wrinkles develop. The good news is that Botox provides a way for your skin to remain smooth even as these changes occur.
How Does This Treatment Work?
It Relaxes Away Wrinkles
We administer these injections directly into the muscles that are responsible for your fine lines and wrinkles. Every person gets fine lines and wrinkles differently. You might see many lines on your forehead while your friend gets more around their eyes. This treatment addresses the places where you would like to see improvement. By temporarily relaxing the muscles in that region, it smooths away your existing wrinkles and helps prevent others from forming.
It Keeps Your Skin Looking Natural
This treatment only affects the muscles that cause the wrinkles you want to target. After your injections, you will still be able to move your face naturally. You don’t need to worry about looking frozen, because all of the parts of your face will still be mobile.
It Can Help Prevent Wrinkles in the Future
When your skin no longer creases in ways that create wrinkles, the lines you currently have will start to recede. Another major benefit is that new wrinkles won’t form as easily, because this treatment controls the underlying cause.
How Can You Know When to Start This Treatment?
Understand How You Want to Use These Injections
Most people start seeing fine lines in their 20s or early 30s. By your 40s and 50s, you can expect to have some wrinkles. People who are just starting to develop creases can use this treatment as a preventative measure. It will help relax away the lines, keeping them from deepening. People who already have wrinkles can use injections to improve them. You can even get them as a way to prevent wrinkles and treat the ones you have simultaneously.
You can start this treatment as soon as you want to address the muscle contractions that cause wrinkles. Whether that is after they appear or as a preventative measure is a matter of your preference.
Consider the Rate at Which Your Skin is Changing
Everyone’s skin ages at a different rate. The right age for you to start this treatment will be determined, in part, by how soon you start losing collagen and elastin. Both the rate at which you start looking older and the specific wrinkles you see are determined by your genetics. That’s why people tend to develop wrinkles in the same places as their older relatives.
Think About What Factors Might Cause Your Skin to Change Early
Other factors beyond your genetics determine how old you are when you start developing wrinkles. Certain environment elements and lifestyle choices can cause your collagen and elastin to break down more quickly, contributing to premature aging. Here are some of the leading causes of this type of early wrinkles:
- Sun damage
- Stress and lack of sleep
If your skin is changing faster than you would expect based on your genetics, you might want to start this treatment at a younger age.
Determine When You Want to Enjoy the Benefits
This treatment is FDA-approved for use in patients over age 18, so most people can start as soon as they feel ready. Whenever you want to enjoy smoother, younger-looking skin, this treatment can help improve your appearance. At the end of the day, it’s all about how you want to look and when you want to get a professional treatment with proven results.
What Benefits Will You Enjoy When You Start This Treatment?
You Will See the Results
Some anti-aging products have a very minimal effect on your skin. Many of them provide hydration and help keep you healthy but are not real solutions for fine lines and wrinkles. If you find yourself questioning whether or not you can actually see the results of your at-home treatments, it could be time to get a professional solution. Botox will create a significant change in your appearance because it works deep within the skin to stop the mechanics of wrinkle formation.
The Effects Last a Long Time
Most patients enjoy the benefits of this treatment for three to six months. Afterward, you can continue to maintain your smooth skin easily. Just schedule a new appointment to renew your injections when you feel it’s time to top them off. You will only need 2-4 sessions each year to make this treatment an on-going part of your anti-aging regimen.
Your Safety Comes First
This treatment has received a number of FDA approvals and has proven safety. It has been on the market for almost two decades, which testifies to both its effectiveness and its reliability. Millions of patients get injections every year, and there is virtually no chance of unwanted side effects.
You Don’t Need to Plan Any Down Time
Because this treatment is a gentle, non-surgical option, you don’t need to spend any time recovering after your appointment. You can resume almost all of your normal activities immediately, including going back to work. We just ask that you allow 24 hours before you engage in strenuous exercise. This will ensure that the product doesn’t move out of the injection sites.
You Can Keep Up the Rest of Your Skincare Routine
Getting these injections alone will greatly improve your fine lines and wrinkles, but you always have the option to use them in combination with other good practices. A healthy skincare routine includes daily cleansing and moisturizing. We recommend that you exfoliate several times per week according to how often your skin needs it. Staying hydrated, eating well, not smoking, and wearing SPF will also keep your wrinkles in check.
Many people combine Botox injections with other professional treatments to get a variety of benefits at once. You can supplement them with dermal fillers, which help plump up deep wrinkles and replace your natural anti-aging substances. You can also choose microdermabrasion, laser treatments, and a variety of other services that help rejuvenate your skin.
You Will Look Natural
We care about your results, and we have the aesthetic skill to make sure they come out looking natural. Our experience and extensive knowledge of facial anatomy are what make the difference. When you get this treatment, it is important that you choose a reputable provider who has a trained hand and good intuition about the use of this product. We will make sure this treatment makes you look like your best, natural self.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like more information about this treatment, we would love to schedule you for an in-person consultation. We will show you our practice, tell you more about this exciting option, and examine the current condition of your skin. If you are still wondering when to start this treatment, we can help you decide based on how your skin is changing over time. We look forward to meeting you and getting you the results you deserve.
Beauty and Botox Are Both Ageless
You should feel great at any age, and this treatment can help you do that. Whether you start in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, or later, you will love the smoothing effect it has on your skin. While fine lines and wrinkles are tough to treat with over-the-counter products, this professional solution can make an amazing difference in the way you look. When you start is up to you.
If you have any questions about this treatment or the Mommy Makeover, schedule a consultation with Dustin C. Derrick, MD at Cosmetic Surgery of DFW by giving us a call at 817-529-4314. We look forward to providing you with effective cosmetic care that will make you look and feel great.