When Botox first came on the scene of medically-assisted cosmetic procedures, it was primarily used by celebrities and the rich and famous. Only recently has Botox become a commonplace tool for the general public. Now that everyday people are getting Botox injections from their physicians, the age that people get Botox has begun to shift.
Early injections of Botox, generally called preventative Botox, can be administered at different ages, depending on the needs of the patient. A question some people ask is, “when should I start preventative Botox treatments?” Knowing the answer to this question can help you decide when to start preventative Botox injections for yourself. Here’s what you need to know.
What Is Botox?
Botox is an injectable treatment that reduces muscle activity. Since Botox prevents muscles from contracting, it can stop the development of lines and wrinkles in the face.
It’s worth noting here that Botox is the name of a brand. Some alternative brands are available to achieve the same goal, but Botox has become famous and most people refer to Botox generically as a reference to the procedure itself.
What Is Preventative Botox?
Traditionally, Botox has been injected into the face to stop the further development of lines that have already begun to form. The earlier the injections begin, the less prominent the wrinkles and lines are likely to be.
Preventative Botox is injected at the earliest possible age to stop all development of lines and wrinkles. Botox does wear off, which means that the muscles in the face do eventually start contracting once again. However, if Botox injections begin young enough, the face muscles can retrain themselves to stop contracting.
Using Botox periodically from a young age can dramatically slow or even stop the development of lines and wrinkles in the face. For older patients, doctors use the presence of lines in the face to decide where to inject Botox. Doctors who administer preventative Botox may see only the faintest hints of lines on their patient’s faces. Some wrinkles run in families, which can give doctors more information about where to do Botox injections.
When Should You Start Preventative Botox?
There is no hard and fast age for starting preventative Botox. Patients with very expressive faces are more likely to benefit from Botox at an early age, while patients with less expressive faces may wait for longer. Most doctors who administer Botox report that their youngest patients are generally in the mid- to early-20’s.
Since the decision to start Botox is a personal one, preventative Botox can start at all different ages. If you’re not sure whether you could benefit from Botox injections, contact an experienced medical expert.
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