How Young is Too Young for Fillers and Botox?
As Botox? and injectable fillers become more and more popular, it can be difficult to decide when is the right time to begin getting these types of nonsurgical treatments. Of course, everyone’s body is different, so there’s no real right or wrong answer as to when is the best age to get Botox? or fillers. That said, there are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about starting these treatments at any stage of your life.
What’s Happening as We Age?
The idea behind Botox? and fillers is that as we age, our body begins to produce less collagen, which is responsible for our skin’s smoothness and elasticity. And while this is a normal part of the aging process, this decrease in collagen production can lead to unwanted lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. (Medical News Today)
That’s where Botox? and fillers come in. Although they work a little differently, each type of treatment can produce similar results. Fillers use hyaluronic acid to act as your body’s natural collagen would to fill out lines and wrinkles, resulting in a smooth, rejuvenated look. Injectable fillers can also help to give the cheeks a fuller, more voluminous look to counteract the “sunken” effect that can start to happen as we age. (American Society of Plastic Surgery)
Botox As a Preventative Anti-Aging Tool
So does that mean that Botox? and fillers should be restricted to use only after a certain age? On the contrary, even at the earliest signs of collagen loss, many studies have shown that Botox? may actually help to slow down further signs of aging in the skin. Its results may be much more effective if used earlier rather than later, once wrinkles have become too deeply set. (Today)
Botox? works by inhibiting the muscle contractions in the face that cause lines and wrinkles, especially in areas like the forehead, crow’s feet, and laugh lines. Because these areas tend to reveal the first signs of lines and wrinkles, it’s not uncommon to start seeing them develop as early as your 20s or 30s. If this is the case for you, Botox? can be a great nonsurgical solution to both minimize the appearance of wrinkles that are already there and work in your favor to help prevent future lines and wrinkles from forming in the first place. (MedlinePlus)
It may also be worth noting that Botox? is a temporary procedure, so its initial effects won’t last forever. However, your Botox? results can last up to 6 months, and because each treatment session only lasts about 15 minutes, it’s not a very time-consuming procedure to schedule into your routine occasionally. Keep in mind, though, that although the immediate effects are temporary, Botox? can have a lasting effect on the rate of your skin’s natural aging process. (Mayo Clinic)
Getting Botox for the Right Reasons
While your decision to get Botox? may be more accurately based on your own personal preferences rather than your age, it’s important to note that you shouldn’t feel pressured into getting any cosmetic procedure. There’s certainly a lot of emphasis on appearance and beauty in modern society, so you’ll want to make sure that your decision to get Botox? or injectable fillers is yours alone. But if wrinkles and lines are negatively affecting your self-confidence or other aspects of your life, it could be a good idea to think about these treatment options sooner rather than later.
Why Choose Acqua Blu Medical Spa for Your Botox Injections?
Many men and women have found that Botox® can be a simple, easy treatment to reverse the bothersome signs of aging. But because it’s also a technical procedure that requires knowledge and experience, it’s important to choose the right medical spa for your treatment. At Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr Brian Heil and his team of physician assistants, are all highly skilled and dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable experience to anyone considering Botox® injections.
To schedule a consultation with Heil to further discuss the details of your procedure, contact Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh at (724) 933-1800.
The Bottom Line
When it comes to Botox? and fillers, there’s really no right or wrong age to begin getting injections. It largely depends on your personal preference and the rate at which your skin begins to display the effects of aging. Because Botox? may work more effectively as an anti-aging preventative treatment, if lines and wrinkles are bothering you, it could be a good idea to start sooner rather than later. As with any cosmetic procedure, talking with a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Busquets can help you to figure out your goals and devise a treatment plan centered on those priorities.