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At What Age Should I Start Botox?

Botox has been a popular anti-aging treatment for many years thanks to its fast results and minimal invasiveness. Cosmetic professionals use a small needle to inject this FDA-approved prescription medication, which minimizes pain and recovery time. Botox treats dynamic wrinkles that appear when your facial muscles contract with your facial expression, especially crow’s feet, forehead, and frown lines. Botox works as a nerve blocker to keep your facial muscles relaxed and your skin smoother. This nonsurgical treatment is convenient to schedule in your busy life as the injection appointments usually take 15 to 20 minutes.

Preventative Botox

Botox used to be only associated with active anti-aging treatment, but its preventative use has grown in recent years. You must be at least 18 years old to get Botox and most dermatologists recommend waiting until your mid to late 20s or early 30s before getting any preventative injections. When you spot your first fine lines, it is the right time to talk to a skincare professional. Preventative Botox minimizes the risks of your fine lines developing into full-blown wrinkles and slows the aging process. It will likely reduce how much Botox you need as you get older, both in terms of dosage and number of injections.

Treating Existing Wrinkles

Many people start Botox to reverse anti-aging wrinkles and deep lines in their 40s or 50s, although you may start later. When the dynamic wrinkles on your upper face start to remain visible after you stop smiling or frowning, like crow’s feet, seeking treatment is a good idea. Botox can help reduce the need for plastic surgery like facelifts.

After Botox injections, you begin seeing results in 1 or 2 days, and the full results are visible within a couple of weeks. The results generally last for about 4 months before your facial muscles begin working normally again. Most individuals using Botox schedule maintenance injections a few times a year to keep their youthful look.

Your dermatologist or esthetician evaluates a variety of factors to determine your Botox treatment plan for maximum results. This includes not only your age but also the color and condition of your skin. Your provider should always review your medical history and lifestyle habits (such as smoking) before prescribing cosmetic injectables.

Advanced Dermatology Center offers Botox as part of our anti-aging treatments! Reach us today at (818) 284-4003 or via our contact form to schedule an appointment.