Botox® is one of the most requested cosmetic procedures, and it keeps getting more popular. When its wrinkle-reducing properties were first discovered, it became an instant favorite of aging women. As the stigma surrounding male cosmetic enhancement crumbled, Botox® gained a new following. The procedure is now so popular among men that it has been dubbed “Brotox.” The latest group to take an interest this treatment is young adults. A growing number of women and men in their thirties, and even in their twenties, are looking for ways to stop early signs of aging before it even starts.
When is the best time to begin Botox®?
There is no universal answer to that question. According to the FDA, Botox® Cosmetic is not recommended for patients under the age of 18. Aside from that, there are no hard-and-fast guidelines. The best time to start Botox® is when you need it, which can vary greatly from one patient to another.
Every person is unique, and we all age differently. For example, if your free time during high school and college was largely spent outdoors without sun protection, you may start seeing fine lines in your early to mid-twenties. UV exposure hastens the aging of skin and people who don’t wear sunglasses tend to squint a lot, which can lead to muscle rigidity and resulting lines in the skin. Alternately, if you protect yourself from the sun and take good care of your skin, you can slow the aging process.
Prevention vs. correction
You can wait for aging to happen, and then take steps to reverse it. However, a much more effective strategy is to stop it early. In either case, Botox® can be a great benefit. In fact, research suggests that it is most effective when treatment begins early. When facial lines first appear, they are dynamic wrinkles, meaning that they show up when you form an expression, and fade when you relax your face. Botox® treatments begun at this stage can keep those muscles relaxed and supple, preventing deeply etched lines from forming. Although nothing can stop the aging process, a practical approach can greatly slow it, which delays the need for more invasive procedures.