If you were to ask someone, “What age do you really need Botox®?” you would probably get several different answers. Some people believe you should get Botox® as soon as you are able to (it is FDA approved for ages 18 and up) in order to prevent wrinkles from forming, while others say you should wait until you can no longer stand the appearance of your wrinkles. To us, the correct answer is somewhere in the middle. Furthermore, there is not a definitive age for everyone. The age you need Botox® is dependent on what you want corrected and how quickly your body show the signs of aging.
Before we get into specific reasons for Botox® at varying ages, let’s give you a quick refresher on what Botox® is and how it works. Botox® Cosmetic is composed of botulinum toxin A, which is a purified protein that is FDA approved to reduce the appearance of wrinkles between the eyebrows and around the eyes. It works by preventing muscle movement under the skin. More than 12 million women and men have received Botox® in the United States, and 97% of them are happy with their results.
Botox® in Your 20s
According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in 2015, 64 percent of their plastic surgeon members reported an increase in the number of patients they treated with facial injections who were under the age of thirty. The reason? Essentially, if you receive minimal Botox® injections at this age, you can prevent yourself from needing more invasive procedures later on. But prevention isn’t the only reason for getting Botox® in your twenties. Other reasons include:
- Improving facial symmetry (e.g. a droopy eyebrow)
- Discouraging the expressions that can lead to permanent wrinkles (e.g. squinting that causes the eleven lines between your brows)
- Retraining the muscles to react in a not-so-exaggerative way (common for people who smile, frown, or raise their eyebrows frequently)
Botox® in Your 30s
By the time you are in your thirties, chances are you have a few minor wrinkles. If your wrinkles are deep enough that they require extra care when applying makeup, or you find makeup built up in them by the middle of the day, then you are a strong candidate for Botox®. And just like with the twenty-somethings, it’s easier (and more affordable) to do small injections on insignificant wrinkles now versus waiting until you are older.
Botox® Beyond 40
By the time you hit your forties, there is a 99.9% chance that you can benefit from Botox®. Even if it is your first time visiting our Connecticut medspa, we will be able to use our skillful eye and steady hand to inject Botox® in a way that makes you look like you are many years younger. Granted, you will require more of the injection versus your peers who were proactive with their Botox® use.
What age do you really need Botox®? Whatever age you want to see a more refreshed, vivacious you in the mirror. No matter what age you are, you can always visit our Connecticut medspa for a consultation. We will use our years of expertise and personal dedication to your happiness to recommend exactly how much Botox® you could benefit from. And don’t worry; no matter what your wrinkles and fine lines look like, we will always use Botox® strategically to guarantee your face never has the frozen look. Your smile is what makes you, you, and we would never take that away.