What Is the Best Age To Get Botox?

Botox is a name that’s well-known for good reason. It’s an excellent way to help prevent the early onset of wrinkles, as well as treat wrinkles once they’ve arrived. At Novo Med Spa of Frisco, TX, we’re pleased to offer this treatment, among other options, to help our patients find the perfect fit for their aesthetic needs. Today we’re going to answer some common questions about this versatile injectable.

What Is the Best Age To Get Botox?

It’s Flexible 

When people start to look into Botox, they often look for the “right time” to start their treatment. The truth is, this treatment is very flexible. There’s no perfect time to start. It all depends on your needs, your health, and your skin.

Some patients choose to get their first preventative treatments in their late 20s, to help them protect their faces from early aging. Other patients prefer to wait longer.

Watch for Lines

Instead of basing your decision on what other people choose to do, we recommend making your choice based on the needs of your skin. If you’ve started to notice some fine lines moving in, it might be a good time to start preventative treatments. This can help delay your early lines from deepening into wrinkles.

In general, if you’re 18 years or older and have some fine lines you want to keep from progressing, it might be a good time to start preventative treatments. The flexibility of this treatment is one of its many perks. It can be a good fit for patients of all genders, and a wide range of needs.

How It Works

A purified strain of botulinum toxin (type A) is used to create Botox. The unique ingredients block specific messages that tell your treated muscles to contract. It doesn’t affect the whole body, just the treated area. With no orders to work off of, the treated tissue and muscles are able to smooth out and rest. This creates a softer and more youthful appearance across the skin.

What Can Be Treated?

Dynamic Lines and Wrinkles

This treatment is able to manage both fine lines and wrinkles at once. It is an especially good choice for treating dynamic lines. Dynamic lines, also known as expression lines, are caused by the use of facial muscles when we make expressions. Consistently using these muscles eventually leads to lines and wrinkles.

This treatment can dramatically improve the appearance of lines by relaxing very specific areas of the face. As the treated facial muscles relax, the lines smooth back out. This treatment also helps the lines develop at a slower rate since muscles aren’t contributing to line development while they’re relaxed.

The Forehead

The forehead is the most popular area to have treated. Horizontal wrinkles, and “11 lines” between the eyebrows can both be gently smoothed over with this treatment. Reducing wrinkles along the forehead helps the patient achieve a more soft and open expression.

Crow’s Feet

Whether you call them laugh lines or crow’s feet, these dynamic lines tend to pop up fairly early in the aging process. They curve out from the outer corners of each eye, and may be more pronounced when you smile or squint.

If your laugh lines are bothering you, carefully relaxing the muscles at the edge of your eyes can help this skin remain smooth as you smile.

Bunny Lines

These lines appear on the nose. If you wrinkle your nose like you’re scowling, you may see them. Bunny lines can start to display on the nose even when you’re not making any facial expressions. This treatment can help reduce the appearance of bunny lines.

Décolletage

This area is the skin that’s exposed when you’re wearing a dress or shirt with a low neckline. Having lines and wrinkles around the décolletage area can make patients feel hesitant to wear their favorite clothes. This treatment can help give you a boost of confidence by managing these frustrating lines and wrinkles.

Gummy Smiles

If you don’t like showing your gums as you smile, this treatment could help with that. Some patients like to treat their “gummy smiles” by having their upper lip slightly relaxed. This will help your gums remain covered when you show your pearly whites. This could help some patients feel more confident in their pictures, or during social events.

Lips

Dermal fillers are often used to help achieve a fuller lip, but Botox can sometimes be used for this effect as well. When strategic areas of the upper lip are relaxed, it can help your lip look more voluminous and defined.

The Neckline

While the face is a very popular area to treat, it’s not the only area that can get wrinkles. The natural toll of gravity, sun damage, and motion can all contribute to wrinkle formation around the neck. We can help you address lines on your neck by using either this treatment or one of our other options.

Marionette Lines

These lines often extend from each corner of the mouth, down to the chin or jaw. They can range from lines to deep folds. This treatment can be helpful in reducing the appearance of marionette lines.

Focal Hyperhidrosis

If you deal with excessive sweating, you know how frustrating and limiting this condition can be. The unique properties of the botulinum toxin can be used for more than just cosmetic purposes. These injections can be delivered to parts of the body that over-produce sweat, such as the hands, feet, armpits, or other areas. It does this by blocking signals to your sweat glands.

This treatment can be administered on a schedule to stay on top of your results, with many patients opting to come in twice a year. It can greatly help patients who struggle with social anxiety due to their sweat. Treated patients may find themselves more confident in social settings when they know they don’t have to worry about excessive localized sweat.

TMJ Disorders

TMJ is short for the temporomandibular joint, and it serves as a “hinge” for your mouth. It’s very involved in helping us chew and speak. Unfortunately, the importance of this joint means when patients are suffering from a TMJ disorder it can affect many basic functions throughout the day. Facial symptoms of a TMJ disorder can involve jaw tension, sharp pains, clicking, and even headaches and neck pain.

Thankfully, Botox can be used to relax the muscles of the jaw, which can reduce TMJ discomfort. This treatment helps the jaw move more comfortably, especially when it’s paired with other treatments such as physical therapy or night guards to prevent tooth grinding.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can Botox Be Combined With Other Treatments?

We want to make sure we help each of our patients to the best of our ability. Sometimes a combination of different treatments can help give our patients the results they’re looking for.

For patients looking to fix up wrinkles and add volume to their face at the same time, adding dermal fillers to your treatment plan can be a great call. This is sometimes called a “liquid facelift.”

2. What Is the Treatment Like?

If you decide you want to move forward with this treatment, we are often able to administer the injections within the same time slot as your consultation. As we plan where to place your injections, we’ll ask you to make various facial expressions. That way we can pinpoint your treatment for maximum efficiency. After your skin is gently cleansed, a fine needle will be used to deliver your treatment. We will follow this up with soothing, cool compressions.

This treatment usually takes between 10 to 15 minutes. The efficient speed of this treatment helps our patients save time, so they can get back to enjoying the rest of their day.

3. Can I Administer Treatment on My Own?

We strongly warn against trying to administer the botulinum toxin on your own. A medical license is usually required in order to purchase it. If you find it available online, you risk getting a very different product than what should be used. Without the proper training and tools, you could also risk permanently damaging or disfiguring your face when you try to inject the treatment by yourself.

Don’t put your skin at risk. Treatments like this should always be left to the professionals. It’s just not worth risking your health to try it on your own. For this treatment to be considered safe, anyone administering it needs to have experience and be properly qualified.

Ready To Take the Next Step?

Do you have more questions about our treatment options? Our team would be happy to help you. A consultation is the best way we can address your concerns and walk you through the treatment process. Reach out to us at Novo Med Spa of Frisco, TX, today to get your consultation set up!