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What is the Best Age to Have Botox Treatment?

When you reach your 40s, you’re likely to have more defined wrinkles. This is because, as we age, it takes longer for skin cells to regenerate and our skin’s collagen and elastin start breaking down more quickly.

What’s the most popular age to have Botox?

According to one source nearly 60% of Botox users are aged between 40 and 54.

Wrinkles in your 40s

Many women choose to try Botox for the first time in their 40s as they start to notice wrinkles are becoming more deep-set—even without moving the facial muscles.

Natural aging is one of the key causes of having wrinkles in your 40s. However, your lifestyle can accelerate the aging process, with alcohol and stress making women this age more susceptible to wrinkles:

Alcohol—women aged 45 and over are more than twice as likely to drink alcohol every day compared to people in their early 40s and younger. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, deprives it of vitamins and nutrients, and can permanently damage and kill cells.

Stress—in your 40s you may have to deal with children, work and aging parents, adding extra pressure that can take its toll on your skin.

Consider Botox in your 40s if you:

drink alcohol regularly and have noticed your skin is dehydrated and more prone to wrinkles

have a stressful lifestyle and want to look more refreshed and less tired

How Botox can help

At 40 anti-aging creams and skincare routines are unlikely to have much of an impact on wrinkles. This is why many women choose to try Botox at this stage of their lives.

You may have started to see deeper lines in the following areas:

Around your eyes, particularly crow’s feet

Forehead lines

Frown lines

Women who opt for Botox in their 40s tend to have it in these areas.

If you’ve never had Botox before, the treatment alone may not be enough to tackle lines and wrinkles at this age. As wrinkles are likely to be quite ingrained, you may find you need laser treatments or dermal fillers to achieve the results you want.

Questions to ask your aesthetics doctor:

If I’ve not had any treatment before, how can I avoid looking ‘overdone’?

Would treatments such as chemical peels be a better option for me?

Which areas would I need to have treated?

Botox in your 50s—soften deep-set wrinkles before they become too prominent

By 50 years old, many wrinkles are deep-set and the texture of your skin has changed significantly. You’re likely to start seeing age spots due to sun damage and notice your skin sagging as its collagen and elastin levels continue to drop with increasing age.

Wrinkles in your 50s

Menopause has a significant impact on the skin. As your estrogen levels drop, it will be more difficult for your skin to retain moisture, causing it to dry out and wrinkle more easily.

Lower levels of estrogen can:

make your skin less elastic, which can cause wrinkles

cause more age spots to form, especially on areas of the skin that have been regularly exposed to the sun swell the skin, making it more susceptible to damage from the sun and from smoking—both of which can cause wrinkles

Damage caused through sunbathing in particular can become much more prominent after the age of 50. According to one study, sun damage accounts for 80% of skin aging and can cause wrinkles, a reduction in skin elasticity, yellowing and uneven pigmentation.

Regular exposure to the sun can result in photo-aging, —a type of skin damage that stops the skin from repairing itself, giving it the tell-tale sun-baked, leathered look.

Consider Botox in your 50s if you:

are soon to go through, are going through or have recently gone through the menopause

have spent extended periods of time in the sun or used tanning beds, which can wrinkle the skin significantly and change its texture

drink alcohol regularly—women aged between 45 and 64 drink the most units of alcohol each week, so are at the highest risk of it affecting their skin through dehydration and depleting levels of vitamins and minerals

How Botox can help

Botox is particularly effective at treating frown lines between the eyes in women in their 50s, but other areas of the face may need extra help. Botox can be combined with other treatments such as dermal fillers to lessen the appearance of stubborn wrinkles.

What other skin treatments can I have in my 50s?

Volume in the cheeks also continues to decline at a more noticeable rate in women in their 50s and may require treatment with dermal fillers.

Brown spots on the skin can be treated in a number of ways, including with skin peels and laser treatment.

Questions to ask your aesthetics doctor

How can I combat the aging process on other areas of my body such as the hands?

Can I treat areas such as my jowls?

How can I ensure that I look natural and not like a 50-year-old who’s had Botox?

Botox in your 60s—soften lines and wrinkles for a subtle, fresher look

Many women in their 60s want to look ‘fresher’ and ‘less tired’ with non-surgical cosmetic treatments, rather than looking ‘overdone’ with more invasive cosmetic surgery.

Botox—often combined with other treatments at this age—offers the ideal way to improve what you already have rather than completely transforming how you look.

Wrinkles in your 60s

Even if you’ve looked after your skin your whole life, by the time you reach 60 the gradual breakdown of collagen (which starts in your 20s) means you’re likely to have wrinkles.

The extent of your wrinkles will depend on how well you’ve cared for your skin. If you’ve smoked, drank alcohol regularly or enjoyed sunbathing, you’re likely to have more wrinkles.

Consider Botox in your 60s if you:

have spent a lot of time sunbathing or using tanning beds and want to look refreshed and rejuvenated, rather than 30 years younger.

How Botox can help:

At this age, expectations can be the trickiest part of having Botox—if you’re in your 60s and want to look 30, that’s not going to be possible. Botox, and other procedures such as fillers, can help to smooth out wrinkles but the results will be subtle.

There’s no upper age limit for having Botox, so age alone shouldn’t stop you from undergoing the treatment. However, if you haven’t had any treatments done before, Botox won’t completely rejuvenate your face.

Botox doesn’t plump up the skin. So if you’re concerned about issues such as hollow cheeks or permanent wrinkles that aren’t just caused by facial movement, you may require further treatments such as dermal fillers, that's where our free consultation works so well.

Questions to ask your aesthetics doctor:

How long can I expect Botox treatment to last at this age?

How dramatic will the results be?

Does Botox hurt more on older patients?

Whatever your age, Botox offers natural-looking results to make you look refreshed and relaxed. If you would like to learn more about having our any of our anti-aging treatments, CONTACT US.

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