There is no doubt that Botox is a transformative treatment. This clever injectable neurotoxin can block the transmission of neurons in your face so that your facial muscles in the treated areas no longer contract. This means that the skin above them cannot contract either, and cannot form the lines and wrinkles that are associated with advancing age.
When should I start Botox to preserve my youthful appearance?
Realistically, there is nothing to stop you starting Botox injections as soon as you become an adult. After all, it’s your body. However, experts agree that you probably don’t need to. Any good cosmetic specialist will assess your need for any procedure, including Botox, on a case by case basis. This is because every patient is completely unique and will start to experience the effects of aging at different times. For example, one woman may spot the first signs of grey hair in her late twenties while her best friend may not get any grey hairs at all until she reaches her mid-forties.
Ultimately, the right age to start Botox depends on your skin and your reasons for having the treatment. Here is what you need to know about Botox at different stages of your life.
Botox in your 20s
It is absolutely not unheard of for women to have Botox in their 20s. Women in their 20s and 30s tend to feel greater pressure to conform to society’s expectations that older generations and as such, will more readily embrace treatments that can help them achieve a certain standard of appearance. Studies have shown that by having Botox in your mid to late 20s, you could help prevent those first signs of fine lines and wrinkles that tend to occur as you enter your early 30s. Using a quality SPF can help to reduce the likelihood of these forming too, but if you are a sun worshipper, your cosmetic specialist may recommend you also consider Botox treatments.
Botox in your 30s
Usually by the time you are in your 30s you will have started to notice a few lines on your face. The earliest ones tend to form around the eyes and across your brow, caused by laughing and frowning. They may not be too noticeable at first, but Botox can prevent them from deepening. If you are working or living in a stressful environment, spend a lot of time outdoors or you smoke, Botox may be especially beneficial in preventing the signs of premature aging.
Botox in your 40s
Any lines and wrinkles that have started to form will deepen during your 40s, when many people feel the pressure of work and family more than ever before. You may also spot noticeable folds across your forehead, around your eyelids and at the sides of your eyes, an area where lines are known as crow’s feet. This will be particularly evident when you are making strong facial expressions such as when you are smiling, laughing or upset. Botox can prevent the contracture of the skin in these areas, reducing the appearance of these signs of aging.
Botox in your 50s
Many women start to go through the menopause during their 50s and these hormonal changes as well as the general aging process can cause skin to become significantly drier and thinner. This problem affects men too. In addition to any lines deepening further, you will probably notice the presence of fine wrinkles forming around them as the signs of aging become more prominent. Again, Botox can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, helping your skin to look smoother and more youthful.
Botox in your 60s and beyond
Unsurprisingly, the aging process has well and truly taken effect by the time you reach your 60s and beyond. The lack of natural collagen and elastin in the skin, along with the thinning that occurs causes sagging, which further facilitates lines to form. Botox that is carefully administered in your 60s can help you to look subtly refreshed and rejuvenated without that ‘fake’ facelift effect that isn’t at all flattering.
If you would like further advice on the best age to start Botox treatment, our dedicated team of cosmetic specialists would be delighted to assess your skin and make a personal recommendation to you. Please get in touch with our offices today to schedule your confidential appointment.