BotoxⓇ, the brand name for the neurotoxin injectable treatment that uses botulinum toxin, is one of the most popular ways to eliminate age lines and reduce wrinkles. At Glow Aesthetic Center, we use several kinds of neurotoxin treatments to help our clients restore confidence in their looks. However, it’s important to note that these services are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only for people over the age of 18 in cosmetic procedures (and for children as young as two years old when used for medical conditions such as spasticity). So, when is the perfect age to get BotoxⓇ?
The answer to that question strongly depends on your specific situation. Traditionally, many people have turned to BotoxⓇ in middle age, around 40 or 50, as age lines and wrinkles start to take their toll. However, the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM) reports an increase in “preventative BotoxⓇ.” Clients in their mid-to-late twenties and early thirties may find that these treatments help prevent the formation of deep wrinkles before they happen.
To schedule your BotoxⓇ treatment or a consultation with our medical team, call the Glow Aesthetic Center office today at (818) 905-8815. You can also fill out our contact form online and we will respond to you as soon as possible. Led by Dr. Homan Siman, our team is ready to give you the look you deserve.
BotoxⓇ as a Preventative Measure
The botulinum toxin at the heart of a BotoxⓇ injection is the same neurotoxin that causes the disease botulism. In the small, medically controlled amounts used for the cosmetic treatment, however, the toxin doesn’t harm you. So why is it used? Let’s delve into how the neurotoxin works to smooth wrinkles.
What the Toxin Does
Botulinum toxin blocks the communication between neurochemicals that send signals to the muscles near the injection site. Effectively, this paralyzes your facial muscles, preventing them from contracting and thus smoothing the wrinkles and age lines. Since your body eventually produces more of those neurochemicals, the effect gradually wears off and you will need to reschedule a new treatment usually within three to six months.
Using BotoxⓇ Over Time
Importantly, the use of BotoxⓇ over extended periods of time can cause the muscles to lose function. While this might give you some hesitation, it’s actually a good thing! It means that:
- Your muscles are prevented from contracting like they usually would.
- You develop fewer wrinkles.
- Any wrinkles or age lines you do develop won’t be as deep.
This is one of the reasons that many people are turning to BotoxⓇ as a preventative measure, instead of using the injections after wrinkles have already formed.
Age Limits on BotoxⓇ
Despite its brilliant anti-aging effects, there is some indication that the use of BotoxⓇ for elderly patients over the age of 65 might come with increased risk. This is typical of most treatments, both those that are cosmetic and those that are medically necessary, as older people tend to have complications with their immune system and post-treatment recovery times.
As archived on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and originally published by Christine M. Cheng, the best course of action is to perform an intensive risk assessment before an elderly patient is given BotoxⓇ. That said, the medical team at Glow Aesthetic Center provides these treatments in a safe, sterile environment to reduce any risk.
What to Use BotoxⓇ For
Glow Aesthetic Center provides BotoxⓇ treatments for the following areas:
- Cheeks and face
- Around the eyes
Crow’s feet, laugh lines, and general wrinkles are common targets for neurotoxin injection treatments. We also provide dermal fillers for clients who want a plumper, smoother look in the lip, buttocks, and hand areas.
As mentioned above, BotoxⓇ is also used for children as young as two years old in some situations. Spasticity is just one condition that can be reduced or alleviated with an injection of botulinum toxin. Others include:
- Chronic migraines
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive/uncontrollable sweating)
- Cervical dystonia (uncontrollable, often painful spasming of the neck muscles)
- Cerebral palsy
As a neurotoxin, the injection can help patients with muscle contraction or spasming issues. These conditions are often intensely painful, and any alleviation of the effects can lead to significant improvement in the patient’s quality of life. If you are seeking BotoxⓇ injections for medical conditions rather than aesthetic treatments, you may qualify for the procedure at an earlier age. Check with your doctor to learn whether or not you can benefit from BotoxⓇ.
Getting Your Cosmetic BotoxⓇ Treatment
If you are in your twenties or thirties and wish to prevent the development of wrinkles, BotoxⓇ might be the perfect solution. Or, if you are older and have wrinkles and age lines you’d like to eliminate, it might also be time for you to schedule your treatment.
BotoxⓇ injections typically last between three and six months before you need to undergo a new treatment. It’s one of the simplest, most straightforward ways to preserve (or reclaim) the look of your youth.
To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Homan Siman and the team at Glow Aesthetic Center, call us today at (818) 905-8815, or fill out the form on our contact page. We’re ready to work with you to boost your confidence and give you the face you’ve always wanted.