One of the most frequently asked questions in skin care is “How young should I start anti-aging treatments?” And of course, this extends to the most popular cosmetic treatment of our time: Botox. While any age can start using anti-aging lotions (and in some cases, earlier is better), can the same be said for getting Botox?
Not for Kids
First, Botox has not been specifically tested for safety or efficacy in patients under 18, so teen Botox is a no-go in most scenarios, unless recommended by a doctor for treatment of chronic pain. Plus, when was the last time you saw a teenager and thought they needed to do something about their wrinkles? Never, right?
There is, however, something to be said for preventative Botox. Because Botox temporarily paralyzes facial muscles to prevent expression lines, it can delay the appearance of wrinkles caused by those expression lines. Many people will choose to start preventative treatments in their mid- to late twenties, but doctors are divided on how practical early Botox is for people so young. Some support preventative Botox, while others explain that expression lines typically don’t appear until your 30’s and starting treatments earlier is likely a waste of money.
Generally, though, doctors agree that Botox will not “ruin” your skin with prolonged use as some rumors suggest. It’s possible for facial muscles to atrophy due to many years of treatment, but it’s usually not noticeable depending on where you were treated. Over-treating smile lines and crow’s feet, however, may lead to a stiffer-looking smile.
What’s in an Age, Really?
The most important factor in deciding when to get Botox is the individual’s skin type and appearance. Some people may find that wrinkle-treatment isn’t necessary until well into their 30’s or beyond, while others may benefit from starting in their late 20’s. In the end, an individual patient and their doctor will be the only ones to say when it’s the right time to start Botox.Our advice is this: Botox can’t replace a strong skin care regimen, especially when it comes to skin damaged from UV rays or other extrinsic factors such as smoking. Begin with a clinically tested anti-aging skin care regimen, and then decide if Botox is right for you. If you’re concerned about over-treating your expression lines, consider a Botox-extender like the upcoming BRZLNSKIN product: BTX-BOOST. Expected to become available early 2019, BTX-BOOST is a super-effective blend of youth-enhancing peptides that can help your Botox treatment last longer. Stay tuned for this latest addition to the Brazilian Facelift!