Botox: How Soon is Too Soon?
Dr. Matarasso is often asked by curious patients, “When should I start using Botox?” Many are surprised by his answer, “It is almost never too soon. If you’re seeing lines, Botox may be able to help. ” You can start Botox in your 20s, 30s, 40s, or beyond. Starting sooner can minimize wrinkling caused by overactive muscles, keeping those wrinkles from ever forming. Starting later halts the damage. If you’re starting to see the early signs of aging, come in and talk with us. It might just be time for you to give Botox a try.
Preventative Botox- Does it Work?
Preventative Botox operates under the assumption that acting early can keep problems from ever developing. The wrinkles that Botox is designed to treat are caused by repetitive motion, involuntary movements you make over and over again. These facial movements over time lead to wrinkling. Using Botox to stop the wrinkles before they become fully developed can help the skin to maintain elasticity and can help patients to avoid the need for dermal fillers later on to fill in the wrinkles that have already formed.
One small study completed in 2006 followed two twins over 13 years. One twin received regular Botox injections while the other did not. At the conclusion of the study the Botox twin had fewer wrinkles in the treated areas, even 7 months after the last Botox injection.
Botox can be used to prevent or treat wrinkles such as crow’s feet, frown lines, worry lines, forehead lines, lines between the eyes and brow, and even lines on the neck. Ask us if Botox is the right choice for your wrinkles.
Come In When the Lines Appear
Dr. Matarasso recommends coming in for your first Botox treatments when you start to see wrinkling appear. Those first wrinkles need to appear so we know which areas need treatment. If you’re not sure, ask Dr. Matarasso if he would recommend starting treatment or waiting a few more years. In 2013 94,865 patients aged 20-29 across the U.S. received Botox treatments and 105,877 patients 30-39 received the treatment.
Is Botox Painful?
Before receiving Botox injections we use a mild anesthetic to numb the injection areas. This should reduce or eliminate any discomfort you would otherwise experience. Many patients find the procedure is surprisingly comfortable. After treatment you may experience mild tenderness or bruising for a short time, but in general Botox treatments relatively pain-free with no recovery time.
What are you waiting for? If you think it is too soon for Botox, you might be surprised that right now is the perfect time to start. Give us a call and schedule an appointment today to find out.