Here’s how to know when is the right time to start using Botox and other neuromodulators.
Many people want to know when is the right time to begin using neuromodulators like Botox. The short answer is that it’s totally up to you, and I’m going to help you decide!
Botox: the name has become the ambassador for the procedure itself, and it’s often used interchangeably with other brands. It’s the Kleenex of neuromodulators! Kleenex represents facial tissue just as Botox represents many other neurotoxins… or what I like to call Neuromodulators!
Botox sounds a little better than neurotoxins. But Botox is actually a brand name. There are multiple brands of neuromodulators, including Botox, Xeomin, Dysport, and Juveau. They’re all Botulinum toxin!
Do… Not Panic! They are safe. These neuromodulators are FDA approved and have been around for a long time! According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 7 million people received nueormodulators in 2019! People love them some Tox lol!!!
It’s super diluted and purified, and less potent than pure botulinum. It stays right where we put it and does not roam the body – meaning, it is not systemic.
It’s a nearly painless procedure where tiny amounts are injected with a needle into the facial muscle to temporarily relax or paralyze the expressive facial muscles.
What’s the point of relaxing certain facial muscles? It’s so you don’t cause the ‘dynamic’ wrinkle in the skin! All of the neuromodulators do a nice job relaxing the facial muscles that cause ‘dynamic’ wrinkles like the horizontal lines of the forehead, the crows feet at the corner of the eyes, or the stubborn frown lines between the brows (you know the ones – the ’11’s’) .
It’s even thought to be a preventative treatment, because treating those ‘dynamic’ wrinkles may reduce or soften ‘static’ wrinkles (lines present at rest)!
So, its no secret that when our 30’s roll around (so far my favorite decade): for both men and women alike, we start to see some changes in our appearance.
Gah, I’ll say it, even though I admittedly don’t like it, our youthful 20’s FADE, and visible signs of aging begin to appear. We are in luck, though! I mean, who says we have to let these signs of aging take up residence on our faces!
We can slow the aging process down! Phew, thank goodness we have neuromodulators, amazing skincare lines, and other fabulous noninvasive procedures to help us along the way.
So, what age do we start injecting neuromodulators like Botox? Good question. However, it really depends on you!
You can start preventative Tox as early as your 20’s. Over the years, I have had very young clients who’ve had visible, static wrinkles present while also having middle-aged patients who barely have a wrinkle on their face. In my experience, the 30’s tend to be a very common age for patients to start considering it.
Small amounts of neuromodulators can be preventative. You may have heard of ‘baby botox’. It’s a small amount of Botox, leaving a very natural appearance.
A 20-year-old with forehead lines may consider baby botox. Those of us in our 30’s on up will probably fair better with traditional amounts of tox/neuromodulators. This will prevent and rid some of the wrinkles they have by freezing those muscles to limit, but not completely restrict, certain facial movements.
After years of continuous neuromodulator use, you can actually train yourself to be more conscious of certain wrinkle -making muscle movements and train your muscles to not make certain expressions so aggressively.
Tox can essentially help turn back the hands of time for a more youthful, vibrant appearance. So to answer the question, when is the right time to start? It is when you are ready. Seek out a knowledgeable professional that will help define and meet your skincare goals!
Jennifer Sassi, ARNP, CRNA, is a licensed skincare expert and medical professional who can guide you in your skincare needs. Call her at 239.940.0310 to schedule an appointment or purchase the professional skincare lines she carries and trusts. You can also follow her on Instagram @jennsassiinjector.