These are excellent questions, especially now that Botox is used increasingly as both a preventative and corrective anti-aging treatment. But before we answer your queries, let’s talk about the Botox basics, such as what it is and how it effectively rolls back the clock.
Botox Cosmetic is a medication that, when injected into select facial muscles, temporarily weakens those muscles so that they cannot contract. When “disarmed,” they are unable to create lines and furrows across the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes. Years of smiling, laughing, frowning, and showing facial expression lead to the emergence and deepening of these lines. So in the past, when patients were confronted with their aging appearance, they turned to Botox to smooth out the crow’s feet, brow lines and parallelel frown lines robbing their visage of its youth.
Today, however, aesthetic practitioners are more often advising their patients not to wait until time has started taking its toll. Hence, we’re seeing patients in their late twenties and early thirties using Botox preventatively to protect the structural integrity of their face from the degradation of muscle tone caused by stress and daily facial activity. In short, if you start Botox treatments before the dermal atrophy begins, the formation of lines and creases can be significantly delayed and reduced in severity.
Now that you know the facts, the answer to “When should I start using Botox?” seems crystal clear. Begin your Botox regimen early to keep your face smooth, taut, and wrinkle-free for as long as possible. If you do, you’ll likely need less Botox less frequently when you reach middle age and your senior years.