Botox® has become a household name in the anti-aging industry because of its ability to reverse fine lines and wrinkles to a great extent. Apart from various cosmetic uses, studies show that Botox effectively treats several medical conditions including excessive sweating of the hands, feet or underarms.
However, lately, we’ve seen an influx of younger patients coming in to opt for preventive Botox treatments—i.e. using Botox to stop wrinkles before they start appearing. But how soon is too soon?
Here’s what dermatologists have to say:
Your mid and late 20s is when you need to start thinking about getting preventive Botox. Dermatologists believe that the earlier your start Botox, the better, since the early signs of aging—such as forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and fine lines—begin to show in the 20s, and it’s better to treat them at their earliest sign.
Botox works by relaxing the muscles, which in turn, relaxes the overlying skin so you don’t get wrinkles. Many people wish to start sooner rather than later as fine lines get deeper with age.
If you’re in your early 20s and tend to squint a lot, you’re at risk of developing ‘11’ vertical lines over the nose. Similarly, people who are naturally expressive are likely to develop deep lines and wrinkles, in which case, preventative Botox can work in your favour.
There’s a common misconception that starting Botox in your 20s will get you hooked on injectables for the rest of your life. However, that’s not the case! Treating wrinkles when they first appear means that you’ll come back less often for treatments.
Your 30’s may mean that you’ve seen more sun, been on more holidays and therefore accidentally increased the level of sun damage to your skin. Just due to age, there will have been an increased amount of muscle movement in your face, which could result in the appearance of fine lines around the side of the mouth, nasal lines and crow’s feet. Wrinkles in this area are completely natural and we are all for accepting our skin and natural aging – however, doctors can inject Botox in just the right places to help train your face to no longer fall into that habit—decreasing the odds of developing permanent wrinkles in those spots as you age.
Remember that the most appropriate age to start Botox not only depends on the muscle movements of your face but also your lifestyle—people who are heavy smokers, individuals who’ve had a lot of sun exposure, or those who live in high altitudes may require Botox earlier. If you observe that your wrinkles and lines tend to linger even after the movement has stopped—for instance, seeing crow’s feet even when you’re not smiling— this could be a sign that it may be the right time to get a little Botox!
People who avoid treatments until their late 40s or wait until they see permanent lines and wrinkles may require more treatments down the line. It can be harder to treat wrinkles as they get more ingrained into the face.
At Simply Clinics, we aim to cater to all your beauty and medical needs. We’re an established skin clinic in Shepherds Bush that offers Botox treatments, in addition to micro needling and Laser Hair Removal treatments at the most affordable prices.