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There are many myths and misconceptions about BOTOX® and neurotoxins when it comes to age. While many people think that BOTOX® is just for the older generation, there is no age limit to having a treatment.
Some patients in their mid-20s exhibit signs of fine lines, while others don’t experience this until much later in life.
To determine if you are at the right age to consider BOTOX®, you first need to determine your level of visible aging.
What Are the Signs of Aging?
As we age, we develop fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. The “crow’s feet” and “frown lines” develop due to repeated facial expressions and movements. The “laugh lines” around the mouth that develop due to smiling; however, they are not an area that is amenable to BOTOX® injections. This area typically requires filler for correction.
These lines of motion worsen as the skin thins—another byproduct of the aging process. Many people in their 40s and 50s choose to fight the signs of aging by having BOTOX®, which temporarily “freezes” the muscles responsible for expression-causing lines.
Why Do Younger Some Patients Choose BOTOX®?
While many people commonly start to notice lines in their 40s and 50s, other genes decide to put them on a fast track. Our genes and ethnicity play a significant part in the aging process and predetermines our skin thickness and resilience.
Finally, some people are simply more expressive than others—the more certain facial gestures are made, the more the muscle pulls on the skin to cause the deformation that leads to wrinkles and fine lines.
Younger people commonly decide to have a BOTOX® treatment if they are experiencing the early development of lines.
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How Do I Tell If I’m Ready for BOTOX® Cosmetic?
If you are younger and have started to develop lines, you may be wondering whether you should try BOTOX®. If lines are starting to form, it is not unusual for younger patients to start at lower than normal dosages and still get improvement. However, it is essential to understand that BOTOX® is not going to create a permanent, surgical result. It is also important to understand that effective results from BOTOX® require treatment every three to four months.
With any cosmetic or elective procedure or surgery, it is essential to maintain realistic expectations and to take what you see on the internet with some healthy skepticism. As always, seek out an evaluation from a board-certified facial plastic or plastic surgeon or dermatologist who has the expertise and training to guide you through this process.
How Can I Find a Good Facial Plastic Surgeon?
It is crucial to find a qualified and experienced facial plastic surgeon, one who will offer realistic and helpful advice and results. Dr. Haena Kim is available for consultations and will help you decide whether BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.