Botox®, an injectable that helps patients look fresh-faced, radiant, and often considerably younger, traditionally was most often used by men and women in their 40s when it was developed more than 20 years ago. But since then, the average age of users has dropped, with many devotees now in their mid-20s. While Botox® is a great tool in the anti-aging arsenal, the answer of exactly when to begin can vary widely from person to person. If you are asking yourself if you are ready for Botox®, then a consultation at a LightTouch Med Spa can help put your mind at ease. With a new location in Orlando, our valued clients can schedule a consultation at our convenient spa. High-end Botox® treatments are just a phone call away at LightTouch Med Spa! In this blog, we share some information about how to tell if you are ready for Botox®.
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Some factors to consider when deciding if you are ready for Botox®
Often the decision to begin Botox® is driven by the number of frown lines, forehead furrows, and crows’ feet that result from repetitive folding of the skin from normal expressions. But how early these wrinkles occur depends on skin type, amount of facial movement, and genetics. Typically, those with lighter hair, eyes, and skin tones will develop more lines, faster. Your nurse practitioner at LightTouch Med Spa can sit down with you during your consultation, and map out a plan to address your frown lines and wrinkles with Botox®.
Prejuvenation vs rejuvenation
While some prefer to wait until they’re plagued with signs of aging, others prefer a preventative approach and elect to inject earlier. If you slow down the use of these muscles beginning early in adult life, the lines never develop. Rather than fixing something that’s there, you can inhibit it from starting in the first place. The idea being, it’s easier and more effective to inhibit progression than to try and eliminate wrinkles 10 years later.
Biological vs chronological age
Although there is no “right age” to start considering Botox®, if you have no lines or wrinkles, then don’t try Botox®, there is no need. The Botox® decision is often best based on a patient’s biological age rather than their chronological age. For example, there are patients in their 20s with a lot of sun damage who showing signs of aging and might be a candidate for it when, at the same time, there are patients in their 40’s who have no fine lines or wrinkles yet.
A few questions to ponder
Generally, it is best to wait at least until there are lines on the face at rest, which for most people is at some point in their thirties. If you’re struggling with when to begin Botox® as a means to look and feel better about yourself, consider the following questions as a guide:
- Do my frown or forehead lines bother me?
- How important is maintaining my youthful look?
- Do I look tired in the morning, even after a good night’s rest?
- How do I feel about using Botox® as a means to stave off surgical cosmetic procedures?