What Is the Best Age to Get Botox Treatments?

Have you noticed facial lines and wrinkles that won't go away despite using anti-wrinkle creams? If so, Botox or Dysport at Glow Medispa in Seattle and Kirkland, WA may be right for you. This injectable muscle relaxant treatment is perfect for the elimination of lines and wrinkles caused by overactive muscles. Today, we're taking a closer look at the best age to get Botox treatments.

What Is the Best Age to Get Botox Treatments?

The ideal age to seek Botox treatments is the age at which you start to notice the formation of dynamic wrinkles. According to the FDA, this injectable muscle relaxant is suitable for individuals 18 and older when sought for cosmetic purposes, like crow's feet, forehead folds, and sagging eyebrows. Fortunately, people don't usually start to see these cosmetic concerns until they are in their mid-20s or older.

Can I Be Too Old to Get This treatment?

No, you cannot be too old to consider this treatment. However, you should keep in mind that you need to be in fairly good health to qualify for this injectable muscle relaxant treatment. For instance, you must be healthy enough to stop taking blood thinners for several days before and after your injections. If your PCP advises you that you must take blood-thinners daily, this may not be the right anti-aging treatment for you.

What Can This Treatment Do for Me?

Botox and Dysport are injectables that can be administered into several areas of concern. The only qualifiers are that the area must be free from irritation and the problem must be caused by excessively tense muscles. Here's a closer look at some of the most common applications of this cosmetic treatment:

Crow's Feet

Crow's feet are lines that form around the corners of the outer eyes and usually extend up towards the temples. They are often one of the first signs of aging due to how thin the facial skin is in the area. Another reason people often complain about the signs of aging in this area is that the muscles in the area are used almost constantly.

These lines deepen every time you squint, smile, laugh, or blink. Even if you always wear sunglasses when it's bright outside, you probably blink around 17,000 times per day. If you look in the mirror and notice lines extending up from the corners of your eyes and you're at least 18, you are old enough to consider this injectable muscle relaxant treatment.

Forehead Folds

Forehead folds are another common complaint of people in their 20s and 30s due to how large and strong the forehead muscles are. It is worth mentioning that the more tense a muscle of concern is, the deeper the lines, wrinkles, or folds are. While your forehead skin is thicker than the skin around your outer eyes, forehead folds are noticeable because the extremely tense glabellar muscles cause deep forehead folds.

You may be the ideal age to consider this injectable muscle relaxant treatment if you have deep, seemingly permanent forehead folds that make you look constantly worried or perplexed. These folds only deepen when you raise one or both of your eyebrows, but they can affect your appearance at all times.

Frown Lines (11's)

You also might be the right age to consider this anti-aging treatment if you have frown lines that make you look disinterested all of the time. Like forehead folds, these lines deepen when the muscles are used, but they are a permanent fixture unless the overly tense underlying muscles are relaxed.

Nasolabial Folds

Nasolabial folds are also known as smile lines. These vertical lines run between your nose and mouth and look like parentheses. For the most part, smile lines are NOT treated with Botox or Dysport. Smile lines are caused by decreased volume of the cheeks and decreased collagen and elastin in the skin. Smile lines are not caused by tense muscles! Treatment of smile lines usualy involves treatment of the skin (topicals and skin tightening) and volumization of the cheeks. EMFACE treatments can also very much improve the nasolabial folds. You may need a dermal filler treatment in addition to Botox if you're worried about smile lines.

How Should I Prepare for My Treatment?

One of the most important preparation steps you must take prior to treatment is not taking oral muscle relaxants for several days. You also must avoid taking certain sleep aids, blood-thinning supplement supplements, and blood-thinning drugs.

The Bottom Line

There is no best age to get Botox treatments. If you have been feeling a little less self-confident lately due to dynamic lines and wrinkles on your face, there is a good chance that now is the right time for you to seek treatment. To find out whether you qualify for this treatment, we invite you to call us or book a consultation online.

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