Starting Botox Early
According to experts, there is an influx of younger patients opting for preventative treatments sooner rather than later. But how soon is too soon?
"The earlier you start Botox, the better since it is best used as a preventative measure to avoid getting fine lines and wrinkles. It works by relaxing the muscle; once relaxed, it relaxes the overlying skin, so you don't get wrinkles. We have a lot of patients in their mid-twenties who start Botox, which is a good age if you have an expressive face and lines." — Debra Jaliman, a New York City-based dermatologist
The face muscles are like any other muscle in the body. The more you work them out, the more defined they will be. By getting botox this muscles will “atrophy” and will not have the chance to develop deep lines and wrinkles related to strong facial expressions.
Below is the opinion of different dermatologists on botox in young patients:
"One advantage of starting early: if you never let that muscle get so thick and hypertrophied, you'll never get such a deep furrow and you can do it at less frequent intervals." - Dr. Elizabeth Hale, associate professor at NYU
When Dr. Hale comes across a young woman who has good reasons for getting Botox, she will take a different approach than she does with her older patients: she will inject them with smaller amounts and only two times per year, instead of every three months.
"There is no such thing as too young for Botox. A good dermatologist treats the dermatologic age of the patient, not the chronologic age. A blond-haired, blue-eyed girl who frequents tanning beds may show wrinkles in her late 20s, whereas a Latina may not show wrinkles until 40." - Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, assistant professor at George Washington University
There is no specific predetermined age as to when patients should start having treatment with Botox. If there are no wrinkles present, the Botox will not be effective. However, in some cases it may be preventative. For example, if an individual frequently frowns, the Botox can decrease the frowning, thus decreasing the lines that will appear in the future. If there is a particular area that bothers you, it does not hurt to try it out. But I would not perform the injections if the patient does not need them.- Paul S. Nassif, MD Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon on RealSelf
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