Injectable, non-invasive treatments have become mainstream by now and people are more and more interested in their benefits. Botox is probably the most popular injectable treatment because it has different applications. With it, you can say goodbye to the lines on your forehead, between your eyebrows, around your eyes, and also around your smile and in your chin area.
Botox is the most popular treatment when it comes to fighting the signs of age and the marks a life well-lived will leave on our face. But what if I told you you can start your Botox treatment before your wrinkles get too deep?
The younger 20-something crowd is discovering preventive Botox, which, if done right and safely, it will prevent wrinkles because it’s applied before they actually take place. But for us ladies in our 30s and 40s, the question arises: how soon should I start? To answer that question, let’s see what Botox has to offer to every age group and you’ll be able to make your own conclusions!
Botox in Your 20s
The best time to start preventive Botox in your 20s is when lines start appearing, which usually starts to happen in your mid-to-late 20s. Preventive Botox consists in injecting the Botox during the initial stages of fine lines so they are stopped before getting any deeper. Faint lines will make way to future wrinkles, so that’s precisely what preventive Botox is targeting.
It’s very rare for people younger than 25 to get preventive Botox; the average age is 25 and up. Lines naturally develop on your face when you smile or frown or make other faces. That’s no reason to worry, but when the lines continue to appear even when your face is at rest, you might want to consider preventive Botox. But only if this is something you want to do and feel certain about.
It’s highly recommended that you understand the implications of preventive Botox as much as possible before you even consider it. Do your research and schedule a consultation so all your questions are answered. This is the only way to decide whether or not this is a good move right now or if maybe you should wait a few more years.
Botox In Your 30s
Many people welcome their 30s or rather prepare for them by starting their Botox treatment at that age. However, there are several factors that contribute to whether or not you need it yet; the level of sun damage and the amount of muscle movement are two of the most important ones. If your expression lines are starting to become quite noticeable, starting Botox in your 30s could be a good idea to prevent wrinkles from setting deeper. If they’re not too noticeable yet, starting at 35 at the latest could be the way to go.
For someone who’s genetically predisposed to wrinkles on their face, starting preventive Botox in their mid-to-late-20s is a good idea. If that’s not the case for you and you take care of your face but tend to frown a lot and be very expressive, starting Botox in your 30s or mid-30s, depending on how deep the lines are, is a good idea. As always, we recommend you do your research and schedule a consultation so you can discuss things further with a professional and figure out the best course of action for you!
Botox In Your 40s
The most appropriate age to start your Botox treatment will depend on the kind of lifestyle you lead and your skin tone. How much sun you take on a daily basis will definitely have an effect on your skin. So, if your lifestyle is such that you take a lot more sun than the average person and you’re Caucasian, it’s best to start Botox between the ages of 35 and 40 years old. For example, if you work outdoors, it might be best to start Botox in your 30s.
For darker skin tones, the appropriate age to start Botox treatment tends to be a little higher, between 40 and 45 years old. If you’re more exposed to the sun than the average person, you could start Botox treatment earlier, in your mid-30s. It’s important to note that when I say “lifestyle” I don’t only refer to how much sun you take on a daily basis, but also whether or not you’re a smoker, how healthy your diet is, whether or not you sleep well, etc. These are all factors that contribute to the lines on your face.
What Does Science Have to Say About Early Botox?
We recently found a twin study on NBC News that inspired us to discuss why using Botox sooner rather than later is a good idea to prevent deep wrinkles. In this twin study, the subjects are Jeanne and Susan, identical twin sisters. They are mirror images of each other; however, their lifestyles are very different.
Susan has always loved the sun, unlike Jeanne. Susan also started smoking when she was a teen and even though she stopped for a period of 6 years in her 20s, she smoked a pack a day for 16 years before she quit altogether in her late 30s. Jeanne never touched a cigarette in her lives. These are the habits that make a huge different in the way the look today.
As a result, Susan looks at least ten years older than Jeanne. According to Bahman Guyuron, a Cleveland-based plastic surgeon, contrasting lifestyles and behaviors will definitely lead to a difference in appearance in twins. This suggests that we have a huge amount of influence on the way we age. We can do it gracefully and take care of ourselves, or we can be reckless. Either way, it will show on our faces.
Many factors affect the way we age even if we do take care of ourselves; genetics, weight, birth control pills, hormonal treatments, anti-depressants, alcohol consumption, etc. Leading a better lifestyle and taking care of ourselves is only a part of the solution to aging well. The other part can be Botox, as long as you do it safely and you start at the right age for you!