People often ask me when is the right time to start having Botox. Assuming the client is not too young, there is no recommended age to start, so ultimately the choice is yours.
Your suitability for anti-ageing treatments such as Botox is based on your skin type, the degree your skin has aged and what you want achieve. Skin type, genetics and environmental factors such as smoking, sun exposure and skin care all influence the
rate our skin ages.
Dynamic lines on your forehead, frown and around your eyes occur naturally with facial expressions.
As we get older, the effects of ageing mean that these lines become static, so they are present all the time regardless of whether we are frowning, smiling or lifting our eyebrows. These lines are now wrinkles so treatment with Botox would be corrective rather than preventive.
Like all aspects of anti ageing, prevention is better than cure.
It’s only natural to be a little apprehensive before having a cosmetic treatment for the first time. Our fears are reinforced with media images of overly frozen faces which promote the misconception that this is the only outcome of Botox injections. It is important to remember that the result of the treatment with Botox is dose dependent; the more Botox injected the more frozen the look. Preventive Botox uses smaller doses so you can still retain movement and achieve a more natural look.
This tends to be my approach.
Opting for preventive Botox in “baby doses” is a good way of stopping lines of expression becoming permanent wrinkles.
Botox isn’t the only option. Skin peels and mesotherapy are other anti ageing treatments to consider too. Remember Botox acts on the muscle below the skin, not on the skin itself. Combining preventive Botox injections with treatments such as skin peels and mesotherapy which improve the skin health on the surface, gives you the best of both worlds.