What is the Best Age to Start Getting Botox Treatments?

Posted on January 30, 2017 by: Dr. Ronald DeMars

 

There is no single age that is the “best” age to start Botox treatments because the changes of aging can begin in subtle ways and at different times. However, it is not at all unusual to see young patients, usually women, start using Botox in their late 20’s.

Botox is one of several medications that reduce some of the fine lines in the face and is probably the most well-known of this group of drugs. It is administered by injecting small amounts with a very tiny needle into specific muscles of the face.

It is the contraction of these muscles that can raise the eyebrows creating horizontal forehead lines, or draw the brows together folding the skin at the top of the nose into two deep vertical creases, or create the lines we call “crow’s feet” beside the eye when smiling. Over time, repeated contractions of the muscle cause the lines that can make a patient look tired or angry even if they aren’t feeling that way. The injections cause the muscles to relax for several months and if they are relaxed they can’t create the creases we don’t like.  The effect lasts for 14-16 weeks for most patients and the treatments cost a few hundred dollars.

Initially, the patients seeking this treatment were older, usually late 40’s and up, and they were treating well established lines. Patients found they were very pleased not having to hear “what are you so upset about?” or “You look so tired” from well-meaning friends.

As the use of Botox became more commonplace over the years, the patients became younger and younger and the goal now, for the younger population, runs more toward prevention of the lines or delaying their occurrence. The patients in their 20’s seek Botox when they first see the hint of lines and have found with regular treatments they can maintain their youthful skin for a long time by preventing the onset or delaying the occurrence of the unwanted lines.

So, the real answer to the question, “when is the best age to start getting Botox treatments?” would be whenever you personally begin to be bothered by those lines.