Article By Maria Becker, Rn Injection Specialist
Aging is one of those things that most people try to prevent with exercise, diet, sun protection and hydration. Adding Botox to this equation is also becoming “the norm” in preventing premature aging. In recent years, more people are asking when the right time is to get Botox rather than “if” they should get it.
Botox corrects and prevents the visible signs of facial aging by relaxing overactive facial muscles and decreasing movement that causes wrinkles. The goal with using Botox is to soften lines and brighten the overall skin tone. It should not change your appearance in a dramatic way or give you a frozen appearance.
BOTOX IN YOUR 20’s
Most women and men do not have wrinkles in their early 20’s but around the mid-twenties superficial fine lines start to appear. Often, there is a genetic predisposition to aging in certain areas of the face. It can be helpful to look at how older family members are aging and then assess your own fine lines that are starting to appear. No matter the age, Botox injections consistently erase fine lines and retrains muscles in a way that prevents facial over-expression. On average, many patients in their 20’s respond well to 1-3 preventative Botox treatments per year.
BOTOX IN YOUR 30’s
During this decade vertical lines form between the brows, creases begin across the forehead, and fine lines creep-in around the eyes. In the mid to late 30’s, you might find that makeup tends to build-up and settle into deeper creases. Botox will help make the skin taut and smooth which minimizes the depth of those creases. Chemical peels are a complementary treatment to Botox that helps smooth the skin’s surface. At this age, Botox continues to be a prophylactic wrinkle treatment and minimizes deeper creases. On average treatments are recommended every 3-6 months.
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BOTOX IN YOUR 40’s & Beyond
Due to age-related loss of volume and thinning of the skin, wrinkles are more prominent and visible in our 40’s. Sagging skin may also become a concern.
If Botox has not previously been used, the facial muscles have had many years of repetitive contractions and ample time to bulk up. Botox will help to smooth facial skin, but further treatments such as micro needling or chemical peels may be needed to address texture issues. Botox in the 4th decade prevents existing wrinkles from growing deeper into the skin and can be used to lift some areas where the skin is beginning to sag.
*individual results may vary
How We Can Help You
While wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, they can be distressing for many and often lead to lower self-confidence. The right time to begin using Botox depends on an individual’s skin, genetics, priorities and lifestyle. The information above is just a generalized guideline to follow.
At Twin Ports Dermatology, we are passionate about helping people look and feel better. Our goal is to actively listen to your concerns and educate you to make an informed decision. Our environment is pressure-free and relaxed. We only want you to perform a treatment, if you are 100% comfortable with the process and treatment. Schedule your complimentary consultation by calling 218-302-1000.