Botox is a hot topic for any age.  People either love it or hate it (like most things in life).  Once considered risky (I mean putting toxins in your face sounds scary – right?), Botox is now considered one of the safest procedures for the treatment of wrinkles.  Before we move on let me clarify one thing…Botox is safe in the right hands!  Do your homework and get to know your injector before he or she ever touches your precious face.

Botox is a beauty treatment! Today it is more like getting your hair or nails done than a cosmetic procedure. Once considered appropriate for women in their 40s and older, Botox is evolving.  More and more women (and men) are choosing Botox as WRINKLE PREVENTION in their mid-20s and 30s.  While not as controversial as it used to be, the Botox age debate is ON!

What is the best age for you to start Botox treatments?  YOU DECIDE!

20-Somethings and BOTOX

If you are in your 20s, it is highly unlikely you have wrinkles. If you want to keep it that way, daily sunscreen use (don’t forget to reapply during the day) is your number one defense against wrinkles!  However, with nearly 30% of all Botox users in their 20s, you ask “why does someone without wrinkles need Botox?”  Wrinkles are not formed by sun damage alone. Genetics is the second largest factor is the wrinkle battle.

When you laugh or frown, your face moves. Repetitive movement can cause wrinkles. Facial expressions are a good sign of where future wrinkles will appear.  Our younger clients are choosing Botox as a preventative measure.  Only a small amount of Botox (or Botox for Beginners) helps to reduce facial movements. Don’t worry – you face will still move!  Over time and with regular use, the underlying muscles will forget to move on their own.  Pretty cool – right?

For 20-somethings, I recommend SUNSCREEN first and foremost!  And, only a small dose of Botox every 6 months to keep your facial movements in check.

30-Somethings and BOTOX

If you are in your 30s, you may start to see the telltale signs of wrinkles between your brows and around your eyes.  If not, read the 20-somethings section of this post! For those who are aging normally in their 30s, it may be time to consider Botox.

Hopefully you have worn sunscreen through your 20s until now.  If not, today you must change.  Sunscreen is the best thing you can do for yourself to prevent wrinkles and sun damage.   We never want to stop living life to its fullest, but softening the traces of a life well lived is OK.  A “beginner” dose of Botox may be just what you need to ease those pesky frown lines and crow’s feet.   For our clients who are starting to see the effects of the sun, we have a variety of treatments such as Facials, Photofacial, and Chemical Peels to enhance your Botox results.

For 30-somethings, I recommend SUNSCREEN ALWAYS, a small dose of Botox every 3 -6 months and a personalized treatment plan for sun damaged skin.

40-Somethings and Botox

Just when you are becoming comfortable in your skin, your skin gets a little too comfortable.   If you don’t have any noticeable wrinkles in your 40s, call yourself lucky and go back to the 30-somethings section of this post! Sun damage, genetics and hormones all come together in our forties to make wrinkles more conspicuous. However, in your 40s the stigma of non-invasive facial treatments all but disappears. Thank you!

Many of my clients start Botox treatments in their 40s.  With rapidly thinning skin and years of facial expressions, wrinkles are a constant. A combination of Botox and Dermal Fillers is the absolute best way to plump and smooth away wrinkles quickly.  We don’t have to stop there!  I offer my clients a wide-range of products and treatments to lessen the signs of aging.  With a quick, free consultation you will be on a path to meet your aesthetic goal!

For 40-somethings, it is time to get serious.  SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN!  I also recommend Botox every 3 months with dermal fillers (as needed).  Additional treatments such as Photofacial, Chemical Peels, Micro-Needling and Facials are tailored to the individual’s need.