Aesthetic treatments can do a lot to improve your overall appearance. But what is the best age to start certain treatments if you want to slow down the aging process? At Northstate Plastic Surgery Associates in Chico, CA, we know that neurotoxins like Botox can help people of all ages achieve their aesthetic goals.
What Is the Best Age for Getting Botox?
Botox is the number one neurotoxin in the world, but there is some debate about the best age to start using this product. Although this injectable is approved for use in patients who are at least 18 years or older, dermatologists generally recommend using this treatment between ages 30 and 50 to address specific aesthetic concerns.
As for the best age for you to begin using this treatment, this will ultimately depend on what your aesthetic goals are. For example, do you want to prevent signs of aging or minimize signs of aging you already have?
To Prevent Signs of Aging
If you want to prevent or slow down the signs of aging, it’s generally a good idea to start using neurotoxins earlier in life. For most people, the most visible signs of aging start between ages 30 and 40, which is when low collagen production gives way to fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity. Although the aging process is inevitable, consistent use of a neurotoxin will significantly reduce the development of advanced fine lines and wrinkles as you get older.
To Minimize Signs of Aging
If you already have visible signs of aging, then you can use this neurotoxin at any age. To minimize the signs of aging, using injectable treatments can relax muscles in the face that make fine lines and wrinkles appear less harsh. Minimizing the physical signs of aging can take several years off your appearance, boost your self-confidence, and work in tandem with other treatments to achieve a younger-looking appearance.
Is This Treatment Right for You?
Aside from your age, there may be other factors to consider when you are deciding if a neurotoxin treatment is right for you. For example, if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, you may not be able to use this treatment right now. Other signs that this treatment is a good option for you include:
You Are Not Allergic to the Injectable
Although most people don’t have a problem with botulinum toxin injectables, some people may be allergic to this product. For example, people who have very sensitive skin or certain allergies may not be able to use this treatment.
This is one of the main reasons why first-time users of neurotoxin injectables will need to complete an allergy test before having injections. Allergy tests are sometimes conducted during your initial consultation when a dermatologist assesses your eligibility.
You Have Moderate Signs of Aging
Neurotoxin injectables are ideal for those who have moderate signs of aging. Moderate visible aging includes visible fine lines and wrinkles when you make facial expressions, particularly on the upper face and around the mouth. Moderate signs of aging may also include mildly visible fine lines when your face is at rest. For those who have severe signs of aging, a combination of injectable aesthetic treatments may be more appropriate to address your concerns.
Where Can You Use This Treatment?
When this neurotoxin injectable was first released on the market, it was advertised to focus on reducing visible signs of aging on the upper face. To this day, the most common areas of treatment include horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, and “11” lines between the eyebrows. However, in the last several years, research has indicated that this treatment can be highly effective for treating visible signs of aging in other areas of the face.
For example, some people use this treatment on the nose to relax bunny lines, around the nose and mouth to smooth away smile lines, and above the lips to create the illusion of a fuller upper lip. Some people also use this injectable on the neck to relax tense neck bands that contribute to the appearance of sagging skin.
What Can You Expect From Treatment?
Usually, this appointment can be completed in 15 to 30 minutes based on the number of treatment areas you have. This treatment is sold by the unit and involves several small injections made to each area of the face until desired results are achieved. You will receive preparation and post-treatment instructions to ensure your results develop as desired.
How Long Will Results Last?
The results of this treatment last for three to four months. Most people use this treatment a few times a year to enjoy consistent results. Sometimes, the frequency of your treatment will depend on your age or how well you respond to this injectable. Additionally, lifestyle factors such as frequent exercise may influence how long this treatment lasts.
Slow Down Visible Aging With Neurotoxins
If you want to slow down the visible aging process, using a neurotoxin injectable as early as your 30s can help prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Contact Northstate Plastic Surgery Associates in Chico, CA to schedule a consultation today.