When is the Right Time to Start Using Botox?

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Millennials have an increased awareness and access to information about skincare that is unlike any prior generation. As a result, they place a high importance on warding off signs of aging and looking young and refreshed for as long as possible.

Accordingly, many patients consider undergoing non-invasive anti-aging treatments like Botox Cosmetic, that offer quick results and zero-downtime.

However, they may wonder when to start using Botox for best effects. While there’s no exact age that each and every person should begin Botox, here are some factors that may determine when’s the right time for you.

Botox – What is It?

Botox is an FDA-approved treatment in which a neurotoxin is injected into overactive muscles under the skin. The product then blocks the release of acetylcholine to limit muscle contraction and relax wrinkles.

Why Should Patients Consider Botox?

Patients often begin to consider Botox when they notice the appearance of forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines when their face is at rest.

These wrinkles naturally occur during facial expressions, such as squinting, frowning, laughing, smile, and then disappear once the particular movement stops. However, over time, they can become static and deeper, which may occur for some women and men in their 20’s or 30’s.

Can Botox Prevent Future Wrinkles?

In addition to correcting existing wrinkles, Botox can also help retrain muscles away from certain facial expressions and prevent future lines and creases.

This capability is especially appealing to individuals that are prone to frowning or squinting and want to stop wrinkles from worsening and new ones from forming.

In fact, it’s becoming more and more common for patients to seek preventative Botox in their mid-20’s. Many younger patients even view it as a form of self-care, similar to getting a blowout or going to the gym.

Does Sun Damage Play a Role in Determining When to Start Using Botox?

Individuals with a considerable amount of sun damage and signs of premature aging may decide to seek Botox injections earlier than others.

While the injectable product can’t undo harm caused by excessive sun exposure, it can lessen the effects and help patients look younger and more refreshed.

If you are considering anti-aging treatments and are wondering when to start using Botox, please contact our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with expert injector, Dr. Nicole Hayre.