What Age Is Best for Botox?

Botox Treatment

More than ever, young people are using facial injectables (Botox and Xeomin) as a preventative measure against the aging process, but if you are wondering at what age to start treatments or if it’s too late, it’s important to understand what facial injectables do and how preventative treatments work.

What Is Botox?

Botox is a neurotoxin derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is an injectable that, when mixed with saline solution and injected into certain areas, can relax the muscles there and prevent them from moving, reducing wrinkles.

How Does Botox Work for Aging Skin?

Botox injections target the repeated muscle contractions that are caused by everyday facial movements, such as smiling, raising the eyebrows, frowning and squinting. Over many years, these contractions break down the collagen in the skin, causing lines and wrinkles to form. Botox injections cause these muscles to temporarily relax and block the nerves that cause these facial muscles to contract, helping existing lines to smooth and preventing further damage to the area.

Botox facial injectables can treat:

  • Fine lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • “11” lines between each eyebrow
  • Forehead wrinkles

What Age Should People Start Botox?

There is no hard and fast rule about when to start Botox treatments. Many people get started in their late 20s and 30s, but the most important rule is focusing on your individual skin and its issues. If you start noticing bothersome fine lines, you should consider discussing your treatment options with a practitioner at The Vein Institute of Hunterdon. Your practitioner will be able to determine the best facial injectable for you based on your individual needs. 

If you are older and looking to treat wrinkles instead of preventing them, Botox may still be an option for you to reduce frown lines between the eyes. When combined with other treatments, like dermal fillers, it can be an effective way to reduce stubborn wrinkles.

Benefits of Botox

Botox will give subtle improvements to your skin that look natural, ensuring that you still look like you. Other benefits include:

  • Regular treatments will help the effects last longer and may reduce the number of treatments needed as you get older 
  • Results are quick and predictable
  • There is minimal downtime
  • You will immediately notice a smoothing of crow’s feet, forehead lines and frown lines
  • Treatment is quick and can be done over a lunch break

To learn more about facial injectables at The Vein Institute of Hunterdon or to see if you are a good candidate for Botox treatments, contact us today to schedule a consultation.