Botox & Fillers, Non Surgical

Am I Too Young For BOTOX®?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most popular aesthetic treatments in the world. One hundred million vials and counting have been sold in the United States alone in the last 20 years. While it’s best known for improving the appearance of existing facial wrinkles and lines, BOTOX® can also be used preventatively.

Many of Dr. Sean Weiss’s patients ask if they are too young for BOTOX®. In reality, your age doesn’t determine if this injectable is right for you. Instead, it comes down to your cosmetic concerns and goals. Keep reading for more information about BOTOX® timing.

When to Start Getting BOTOX® Injections

Everyone’s face ages at a different rate. Your lines may form earlier or later than average, depending on factors ranging from sun damage to genetics or even cellular changes. A general rule of thumb is to pursue BOTOX® whenever your lines start to bother you.

It’s normal for creases to form on your face when you make expressions. In your youth, these lines fade when your face is at rest. As you get older, these marks hang around, and you might start thinking of getting BOTOX®.  

However, not everyone waits until they are bothered by lines to receive BOTOX® injections. A growing number of people are undergoing preventative BOTOX®.  Over 100,000 Americans between the ages of 20 and 30 received BOTOX®-type injections in 2018, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Understanding Preventative BOTOX

Preventative BOTOX® isn’t a different product than BOTOX® Cosmetic. Rather, it’s a term used to describe injections administered before the formation of facial lines and wrinkles. Here’s how it works.

When you squint, raise your eyebrows, or make another expression, the muscle activity creases your skin. Over time, these creases turn into signs of aging, such as frown lines and crow’s feet. By injecting expressive areas early on, it’s possible to delay the formation of lines and wrinkles.

BOTOX® is FDA-approved for patients 18 and older. Most patients generally start receiving the injectable in their 30’s, though some use it in their mid-20s. Dr. Weiss can help you decide if it’s time to start BOTOX® treatments.

Reasons to Choose an Experienced Injector  

Some critics of preventative BOTOX® caution that too much too soon can make you look older in the long run. It’s true that overuse of the injectable can weaken your facial muscles. However, this can happen whether you start getting BOTOX® in your 20s or 50s.

Choosing a skilled BOTOX® provider will help you achieve the best cosmetic outcome while minimizing the risk of side effects. Dr. Weiss is incredibly familiar with facial anatomy and has extensive experience administering BOTOX® for patients of various ages.

Dr. Weiss knows where to place the product and how much to use. Often, he will take a conservative approach with younger patients. The results of BOTOX® treatments at his practice look natural, not overdone.

Schedule Your New Orleans BOTOX® Session

Learn if BOTOX® is right for you during a consultation with New Orleans facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Weiss. Call 504-814-3223 today to schedule your visit to our practice. We serve men and women from Metairie, Mandeville, and nearby areas of Louisiana.